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.
was a co-creator of Pong
, and he also sold Atari arcade machines. When he noticed that he sold the arcade machines for $1,500 to $2,000 but the new owners would earn twice that much in the life of the machines, he started thinking of how to make an arcade destination that wouldn't compete with his arcade machine clients. His solution: a pizza parlor, with an arcade for the kids and an pneumatic-powered animatronic coyote mascot to fool the parents it was restaurant with free entertainment
. The coyote became a rat named Chuck, and what was code-named Coyote Pizza was briefly renamed Rick Rat's Pizza
, but the marketing department thought the name wasn't such a great idea, and instead we got Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater
. [more inside]
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]
What is perhaps the best license ever applied to a pinball machine? Probably Star Trek: The Next Generation
, which is surprisingly like playing an episode. Williams also released a special ROM of funny quotes from cast members
that people can install into their machines. [more inside]
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
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.)
Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick
) makes the day of the nine-year-old proprietor of Caine's Arcade
VGJUNK looks at "Gonbee no I'm Sorry"
, a strange Japanese arcade maze game released in 1985 by Banpresto and Sega that mocked notoriously corrupt former Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei "Shogun of Darkness" Tanaka
, who was convicted in 1983 of taking 1.8 million dollars from Lockheed Martin in exchange for letting them sell planes to the national airline.
Friday Flash Fun
: Realm of the Mad God
is a co-op MMORPG shooter with cute 8-bit graphics
. Death is permanent, play addictive. [more inside]
Courtesy of the indiegames.com weblog
, the top 10 indie games of 2010 in a variety of categories:
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]
Arcade Aid Challenge:
56 video games are hidden in the city. Find them. [more inside]
is a terrific documentary
of the winners
of the 1982 arcade world championships and the short lived era when coin operated Video Arcades boomed and then busted coming to a crashing end shortly after 1984
. It focuses primarily on the first player
to play a perfect game of Pac Man
, meaning going 256 levels, on one man and eating four ghosts on every powerpellet (in the first 19 screens after that the ghosts don't turn) and ending up on the kill screen
and finding all the hidden dots there. (Warning lots of Youtube.)
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.
The Pac-Man Dossier
is an extremely detailed description of the game logic of arcade Pac-Man. It explains why, once in a while, monsters will harmlessly pass through Pac-Man
. It explains why they won't go up through the tunnels above the monster box. It explains why occasionally, after losing a life, monsters will refuse to leave the box
. It explains when and why Blinky becomes Cruise Elroy, and why sometimes Pinky gets confused and loses track of Pac-Man. It even explains, as far as the player can continue to play, what to do on the kill screen
. It is awesome. Previously....
Luna City Arcade
is Peter Hirschberg
's home / barn video arcade, with about 60 vintage machines all set up to eat quarters. WaPo story
about Peter's dream. You can come around to Peter's Virginia home for Game Day
every couple months. [more inside]
The classic arcade game Dragon's Lair is turning 25 and Don Bluth has a deal for you.
For one week only, if you buy a copy of Dragon's Lair
for DVD, PC, or Blu-Ray from the online store at DigitialLeisure.com
you can have it signed by Don Bluth
as well as designer Rick Dyer, and animators Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy. The new cleaned up version looks sweet!
I hear it looks really great on Blu-Ray
. I can remember drooling over it when I saw it played on
the TV show Starcade
. There was even a Saturday morning cartoon
based on the game. If you spent any time in an arcade during the mid-80's you'll probably recall the attract mode
which is one of the most memorable ones
in the history of arcade games. I still have it burned into my brain. Need a walkthrough for the game? Well, the website Dragon's Lair Project has that covered
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.)
Skee-Ball! (warning: music)
Perhaps the longest-running branded arcade game
ever invented was created in 1909
, originally with a rotator-cuff-injury-inducing 36-foot long alley. Once shortened to a more manageable 14' (10' for the Chuck E. Cheese kiddie model), the game's popularity took off, remaining largely unchanged except for the 1970s electrification of the scoreboard
. It's both a nostalgic pastime
and a present-day boardwalk staple
, even enjoying some hipster revivalism in the form of BrewSkee-Ball
. You can even try building your own game
"PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment. ...
In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area."
Uptick in Cold War-like rhetoric making you a little nostalgic for the era of parachute pants and Members Only jackets?
A cabal of Russki comrades at some pinko university have been going around collecting and resurrecting disused Soviet-era arcade games
, which became instantly obsolete with the collapse of communism.
, Duck Hunt
, Pole Position
We begin bombing in five minutes.
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with long exposures and 80's arcade games.
In the meanwhile, Patrick Dougherty
is doing some fascinating and beautiful things with sticks and twigs.
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.
was an arcade-themed game show that aired
in the early 1980's. Today is the last day to watch episode #59
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.
Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra.
A barebones, vector shooter for PC ala Kenta Cho's
made for practicing bullet dodging in manic scrolling shooters, which generates bullet patterns based on the music playing(found here
)). Think a very, very poor man's Rez
. Here's the download link if, like me, you can't read Japanese.
(about 1 megabyte, Windows only, sorry) Further instructions inside the file and comments.
Arcade Classics from the '80s.
A few hundred games, all playable online. Watch out for popups. [via
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
features a boatload (approximately) of classic games, playable in Java. Lemmings! Duke Nukem! Toejam and Earl! Trampoline Terror! (What?)
... many retro videogames (arcade
) available for online play via a java applet.
The gamebutton arcade
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."
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
Nostalgic for old video games? Try the java arcade machine emulator.
Play classic games such as Tempest
, Ms. Pacman
, and Arkanoid
, arcade perfect and available on the internet via the magic of java.
MAME - I'm Gonna Live Forever
(Flash link) I found this on the author's Tehkan World Cup
site. It's an amusing trip down the MAMEory lane of classic arcade games. How many can you name?