Thomas Baekdal writes on How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The [Game] Industry
We have reached a point in which mobile games couldn't even be said to be a game anymore. Playing a game means that you have fun. It doesn't mean that you sit around and wait for the game to annoy you for so long that you decide to pay credits to speed it up. And for an old geezer like me who remember the glory days of gaming back in the 1990s, it's just unbearable to watch.
Drew Crawford answers
See, in the in-app purchase model actually predates phones. It predates video game consoles. It goes all the way back to the arcade, where millions of consumers were happy to pay a whole quarter ... to pay for just a few minutes.
posted by frimble
on Feb 4, 2014 -
is a fast-paced, lo-fi FPS that serves as a reminder of the difference between modern duck-and-cover and DOOM-era FPSs. Its quality is unexpected for a game that was created as an extra treat for supporters of a Kickstarter, and a testament to its iterative design
. It is the brainchild of Vlambeer
, a 2-person studio that releases games with old-school sensibilities. [more inside]
posted by ersatz
on Mar 13, 2013 -
was a titanic "electronic" tea time BBC general knowledge quiz show in the late 1980s, presented by heartthrob Debbie Greenwood
(now a regular on QVC UK) with the aid of a BBC Micro called Eugene. Two teams of teenagers represented their schools as they battled for supremacy playing a random selection of arcade games like skateboarder 720 degrees
, the ultimate prize an Acorn Archimedes
. Now, the nail-biting encounter between Armthorpe School in Sheffield and Montagu School of Kettering is on YouTube [parts 1
posted by feelinglistless
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Atari, the first successful arcade video game company, would have been 40 years old today. The blog Arcade Heroes takes the opportunity to look back over 40 years of arcade gaming (from Atari and other companies) with flyers and video. Part 1 (1970s & 80s)
- Part 2 (1990s to present)
. (WARNING: huge pages ahead with lots of flash videos.)
posted by JHarris
on Jun 28, 2012 -
YouTube has a fair number of recordings of well-played classic arcade games. Dig Dug
, Mr Do!
, Mr Do's Castle
, Do! Run Run
, Lady Bug Part 2
, Super Bagman
, Zoo Keeper
, Moon Cresta
, Make Trax
. click through for more [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Dec 23, 2010 -
is home to the browser games of Luke Paakh. He first caught my attention with fine space shoot'em-up Ether War
but I also enjoyed his other games, shooter Ether Cannon
, tree defending games Phoenix
and Shen Long
, puzzle game blue
and petri dish action game Amoeba
. His new game is my favorite. It's called William and Sly
and it's a beautiful platformer is about an adorable fox who likes mushrooms and his quest to recharge some runestones with fairyflies.
posted by Kattullus
on Oct 9, 2009 -
Rocks 'n' Diamonds
for some Friday puzzle-game fun. Described as "in the tradition of" Boulderdash and Sokoban, it's actually a superset of both, and you can waste tons of time playing all the old familiar levels or tons of others
. (It's a quick download, for linux/os x/the other thing.)
posted by Wolfdog
on Mar 28, 2008 -
The Fall of Reach, old-school style. Some plucky French coders have borrowed a page from Codename: Gordon
, the side-scrolling homage
to Half-Life. As a result, Master Chief and his cohorts are now fighting the Covenant in 16-bit, 2D graphics. PC download only - though Mac owners at least have Boot Camp
to avoid waiting for an OS X port.
posted by Smart Dalek
on Jul 7, 2006 -
More Flash Friday
. Dynasty Street
is an awesomely intricate, gory, stick-figure beat-'em-up. Make sure to practice your moves in the dojo before you play. For mayhem that's a little more low-key, immerse yourself in the world of Skull Kid
and his chainsaw. If you're not in the mood for blood & guts, just go with good old Battleship
. FlashPlayer.com features many, many Flash games with which to while away the hours.
posted by Gator
on Jan 6, 2006 -
aka 2D Scrolling Shoot-em-ups. Shmups.com is dedicated to this classic genre, from ancient history (Space Invaders, Tempest
) to grandfather games (R-Type II
) to golden age shmups (Tyrian
, Blazing Star
) to modern classics (Radiant Silvergun
, Mars Matrix
). Most aren't for the PC, unfortunately, but that's what Mame
and other emulators
) are for. As for roms, can't help you there
. For PC enthusiasts, Shoot the Core's PC Shmup listing
is the most complete I've ever seen, with many links to download as well. This Thanksgiving weekend, what better to do in your food coma than sit back and blast through a few games in the most enduring video game genre of all time? *CAUTION! These sites took up five hours
of my time last night and I downloaded 42
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Nov 23, 2005 -
features a boatload (approximately) of classic games, playable in Java. Lemmings! Duke Nukem! Toejam and Earl! Trampoline Terror! (What?)
posted by Gator
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Save pinball! "It's an American icon," said Stern, ever the salesman. "Pinball is cool because it is retro. It's a Volkswagen bug, a PT Cruiser, khaki pants."
posted by justgary
on Aug 3, 2002 -
Just fun here.
Pick your favorite Arcade game and comment on why it is your favorite.
Just a little distraction from all the doom and gloom.
Mine is Robotron, so much so that a few years ago I actually bought one. It was first released in 1982 and it claimed many quarters from me.
Very exciting game that really tested your hand/eye coordination.
So, let's hear it for your favorite blast from the past
posted by a3matrix
on May 2, 2002 -