GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING

The period from the appearance of Space Invaders in 1978 through The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 is often known as the Golden Age of Arcade Games, note when 8-bit Arcade Video Games emerged to rule popular culture, coin-operated Video Arcades appeared in every shopping mall, and soon the Atari 2600 and its competitors popularized home video gaming by capitalizing on arcade ports. Back then, the titans of the arcade were longtime Pinball manufacturing veterans such as Bally, Williams Electronics, and Gottlieb; Sega was known for making Arcade Games (including Vector Games) rather than consoles; and Nintendo‘s Mario had never stomped on a Goomba. Creativity reigned, and a single visionary designer could still see an entire game through from concept to finished product, unlike the … Continue reading GOLDEN AGE OF GAMING

GOOGLE STADIA

Not content with owning online video, internet search and the world’s most-used mobile operating system, Google fancies itself a slice of the video game pie. Earlier this year it announced Stadia, and now it’s finally revealed how much the Google “console” will cost, when it’s coming out and the first games it will launch with. Here’s everything you need to know.  Google Stadia Key Facts Stadia UK release date: November 19 Stadia UK price: £119 for Founder’s Edition What’s this Google Stadia console all about, then? It’s not a console – not in the traditional sense, anyway: it’s a game streaming platform. … Continue reading GOOGLE STADIA

FORTNITE: CHAPTER 2

There are a bunch of changes in Fortnite: Chapter 2, including graphical and sound improvements, new and newly vaulted weapons, boats, the ability to swim and even an entirely new map. But one of the coolest changes is something that the game has needed ever since it launched.  One of the worst things about battle royale games, especially when you’re playing in modes where you can’t be revived or respawn–solos, in particular–is the fact that once you die you have to go back to the main menu before you can join another game. This involves loading out of the game, choosing to find … Continue reading FORTNITE: CHAPTER 2

DOUBLE DRAGON

Double Dragon Description Double Dragon was produced by Taito in 1987. Taito released 486 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Other machines made by Taito during the time period Double Dragon was produced include Arkanoid – Revenge Of Doh, Dr. Toppel Tankentai, Flying Shark, Hishou Same, Kyuukyoku Tiger, Daikaiju No Gyakushu – Giant Monster Counterattack, Violent Shooting, Land Sea Air Squad, Great Gurianos, and Inspiration Baseball. Martial Arts masters, Billy and Jimmy Lee AKA Hammer and Spike, must defeat the savage street gang known as the Black Warriors to rescue Billy’s girlfriend, Marian. Double … Continue reading DOUBLE DRAGON

XBOX: PROJECT SCARLETT

After years of speculation, Microsoft finally announced the Xbox Project Scarlett during its big E3 2019 keynote conference in June of this year. The next-gen Xbox promises to deliver native 4K games at 60 frames-per-second, a large solid state drive to ensure almost no load times and ray tracing on consoles. We only have a few details on Microsoft’s next-generation hardware so far – even the moniker ‘Project Scarlett’ is a codename for now – but we do know it’s coming, when it’s coming, and a handful of the features and specs we can expect when it lands. Faster and more graphically … Continue reading XBOX: PROJECT SCARLETT

WORMS

Gaming has long been fertile ground for comedy. Monkey Island, Portal, and Saints Row are all prime examples of virtual mirth. Through insult swordfighting, lying cakes, and vehicular singalongs, they fuel their puzzle or projectile based shenanigans with the carefully chosen witticisms of an unseen scribe. But gaming is also capable of another kind of humour, one which doesn’t involve a single stroke of the pen. I suppose it’s best referred to as emergent comedy; a mixture of physical comedy and improv where the human input is one step removed from the events that ultimately transpire. In some ways emergent … Continue reading WORMS