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Waka-waka-waka

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....
posted by JHarris on Feb 19, 2009 - 35 comments

FATALITY!

Chicago-based video game developer Midway Games has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on Feb 14, 2009 - 43 comments

Luna City Arcade

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]
posted by grobstein on Jan 16, 2009 - 35 comments

An interesting take on galactic conquest

An interesting take on galactic conquest for a Flash game, at least.
posted by XMLicious on Dec 5, 2008 - 25 comments

A new approach to first contact

Hacking aliens to pieces with a machete (flash game) [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Nov 6, 2008 - 28 comments

Dragon's Lair Uncut

Uncut footage from Dragon's Lair (1983) [recently on MetaFilter], one of the first full-animation laser-disc arcade videogames [and animated by Don Bluth]... if you didn't have an endless supply of quarters, see what would have happened had you directed Dirk the Daring left instead of up in these scenarios: (QT .mpeg files) Three Caverns | Green Thumb | Crumbling Roof | Bats! | Giddy Goons | Bottles and Pot. [via classicsreunited]
posted by not_on_display on Sep 22, 2008 - 49 comments

A unique sideshow

Waterboarding at Coney Island
posted by djgh on Aug 15, 2008 - 20 comments

Your quest awaits!

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.
posted by GavinR on Jun 20, 2008 - 57 comments

Rocks 'n' Diamonds

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 - 12 comments

ROM CHECK FAIL

ROM CHECK FAIL is a goofy little PC game, in the classic 1980's arcade/home console genre of ... err ... Use the space bar to fire your blaster. Or sword. (Or jump.) Use the arrow keys to control your ... guy as if you were playing ... that ... classic game. Eliminate all the enemy, well, things in the expected way, and go on to the next maze/planet/cave/highway. Look, just play it, OK? It's fun!
posted by CrunchyFrog on Mar 25, 2008 - 16 comments

Mister Rogers talks about games

Mister Rogers asks a kid how to play Donkey Kong. Later in the clip, Keith David shows up and demonstrates how the buttons in an arcade machine work. [Via.]
posted by tepidmonkey on Oct 25, 2007 - 17 comments

Ghosts in the machine

A chimpanzee plays Ms. Pac Man (WMV, some Japanese)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 25, 2007 - 29 comments

DHTML Arkanoid

DHTML Arkanoid One of my favorite arcade classics, and one of the slickest applications of DHTML I've ever seen.
posted by Artifice_Eternity on Sep 15, 2007 - 25 comments

Perfect Game: 900

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.
posted by Miko on Aug 20, 2007 - 30 comments

Plasma Pong!

"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."
posted by jbickers on Jun 28, 2007 - 13 comments

M.U.G.E.N: The 2D Fighting Game Engine

M.U.G.E.N [wikipedia] is a 2D fighting game engine, originally developed by Elecbyte and released in 1999. The engine is highly customizable; characters, backgrounds, and sound files -- whether from existing games or original works -- can be easily integrated. Some examples of the engine in action [youtube]: Homer Simpson vs. Peter Griffin, Ryu vs Popeye, Green Power Ranger vs Osama Bin Laden, Fat Albert vs Juggernaut, Marvin the Martian vs. Duck Dodgers. Also, game crossovers: Homer in NES Land, Thunder Force III vs. Duck Hunt. [mi] WARNING: some of the videos are very loud.
posted by milquetoast on Jun 17, 2007 - 10 comments

Soviet era arcade games resurrected

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. Sea Wolf, Duck Hunt, Pole Position, Dogfight!
We begin bombing in five minutes.
posted by planetkyoto on Jun 7, 2007 - 28 comments

SHOOT THINGS

SHOOT THINGS - a retro-arcade-style shooter for Mac OS X. The author's page describes how it was written in 3 weeks for a contest - it's entertained me for considerably longer than that.
posted by ikkyu2 on Apr 22, 2007 - 31 comments

Qix and Sticks, Tempest and Twigs

Rosmarie Fiore 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. [more inside]
posted by wander on Feb 9, 2007 - 17 comments

Starcade!

Billed as TV's frst video arcade game show, Starcade had its contestants battling each other on video game trivia, as well as actual gameplay. Originally aired in the early 1980's, the show featured games like Zaxxon, Congo Bongo, Star Trek and Journey, to name a few.

Ten full episodes are available online, for those of you who want a bit of video game nostalgia. And, if nothing else, looking at the contestants is pretty entertaining, in and of itself.
posted by avoision on Jan 17, 2007 - 28 comments

3D flythrough of a mall video arcade, circa 1984.

Arcade '84, from Cinemarcade. (Warning: 32MB MPEG. Low bandwidth short version here). Two liter bottle of Shasta and all Rush mix-tape not included. For more 3d rendered arcade cabinet goodness, see the TimeOut Tunnel movie project. Put together your own arcade and populate it with models and textures from the 3d Arcade at MAMEworld.
posted by cosmicbandito on Jan 10, 2007 - 12 comments

you are a robotron head.

Have you played Robotron today?
posted by 6am on Sep 12, 2006 - 41 comments

Yes. This ring...it's Forerunner.

Halo Zero. 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. via Aeropause
posted by Smart Dalek on Jul 7, 2006 - 9 comments

My Dad's got Asteroids.

Vintage arcade artwork. In free, vector goodness. For collectors restoring a piece of arcade history and enthusiasts who want to create some great art to hang in the den. Who doesn't want a giant Q-Bert on their wall?
posted by punkfloyd on Apr 4, 2006 - 25 comments

I Hope All Your Troubles Get Zapped

Starcade was an arcade-themed game show that aired in the early 1980's. Today is the last day to watch episode #59 online.
posted by milquetoast on Mar 5, 2006 - 20 comments

Jumping up and down on one foot would be more fun than this.

Children review classic games- some more. Back in November '03, 1up.com rounded up some kids from the 8-12 age range and had them play video and arcade games from the 70's and 80's, including Pong, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. The resulting commentary was mostly along the lines of "Tim: They could've just as easily called this game anything—Baseball, Bowling, Escape From the Monsters. EGM: Did you score? Kirk: I bumped into a dot." In December 2004 they brought them back to review Mike Tyson's Punch-Out and the 1983 Arcade version of Star Wars, among others. "EGM: What do those TIE Fighters look like? ...Are they scary? Anthony: No. It feels like they're trying to give me flowers."
posted by Meredith on Feb 16, 2006 - 44 comments

More Flash Friday

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 - 6 comments

Bullet Philharmonic Orchestra

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 (previously)). 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.
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Dec 8, 2005 - 7 comments

'80s Arcade Classics

Arcade Classics from the '80s. A few hundred games, all playable online. Watch out for popups. [via]
posted by monju_bosatsu on Nov 30, 2005 - 20 comments

SHMUPS!

SHMUPS! 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, 1941) to golden age shmups (Tyrian, Blazing Star) to modern classics (Radiant Silvergun, Mars Matrix, Ikaruga). Most aren't for the PC, unfortunately, but that's what Mame and other emulators (mac too) 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 games.*
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Nov 23, 2005 - 33 comments

Classic Games in Java

Game-Oldies.com 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 - 30 comments

Arcade Sounds

Arcade Sounds. We recorded video games from 1982 until 1988. Fortunately I managed to save all fourteen audio tapes of video game sounds and arcade ambience which were recorded from a variety of locations in the US. Most of the recordings are from Ithaca, NY, Albany, NY and Ocean City, MD.
posted by rxrfrx on Nov 1, 2005 - 46 comments

Best. Flickr. Photoset. Evah.

Retro arcade photoset. God bless the gentleman who saved these photos from a 1980's arcade. You will cherish the garish and mock the hair, but this one hits the sweet spot of nostalgia for me.
posted by jeremias on Jul 15, 2005 - 28 comments

Shoot-em up!

Friday Flaash Fun RaidenX is a Raiden shoot-em up knock-off. Enjoy!
posted by furtive on Jul 1, 2005 - 21 comments

more retro video games, online

EveryVideogame.com... many retro videogames (arcade, nintendo, gameboy, sega) available for online play via a java applet.
posted by crunchland on Feb 24, 2005 - 20 comments

This flash friday, it is still fun?

ai pengo: flash friday goodness
based on the arcade classic: Pengo.
posted by garethspor on Oct 8, 2004 - 1 comment

7-year-old gets stuck in stuffed animal game machine

7-year-old gets stuck in stuffed animal game machine
posted by mantid on Jan 4, 2004 - 27 comments

Bleep bloop bleerp blorrp

Looking to recreate the dark, smoky arcades of your misspent youth? Got the MAME cabinet in your rec room but still missing something? Arcade ambience supplies the soundtrack to your MAME cabinet with two super-long MP3'd mixes of vintage arcade noises. Authentic, right down to the sound of the coin changers and background hum. Sticky floor, shouted pizza to go orders, and smell of ozone and unwashed nerds not included.
posted by 40 Watt on Dec 12, 2003 - 11 comments

fun at work.

Norbert's Online NES emulator and the Online Arcade game emulators.
posted by Espoo2 on Dec 11, 2003 - 7 comments

NOW SPELL REDUNDANT

Handheld Simulators for all your retro-gaming needs. Game & Watch a-plenty or here for a java version to get the flavour without the download. Get stuck into Merlin and finally show you are superior to his complex brain, or revert back even further and snuggle up to an old friend with a speech impediment.
posted by Frasermoo on Aug 19, 2003 - 7 comments

It's futuristic, it's retro, it's ... futuretro?

How I love Mutant Storm [demos available for Windows, Linux and, yes, Mac!]. It's amazing the dross that the big players can come up with while games like this aren't even available in the shops. Yay for the web, I say.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Dec 3, 2002 - 9 comments

The gamebutton arcade

The gamebutton arcade is the perfect (super small, javascript-on-a-button code fu) thing for wasting time on a friday afternoon.
posted by mathowie on Nov 1, 2002 - 5 comments

Save pinball!

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 - 23 comments

Pac-Man fever, tis driving me crazy.

Pac-Man fever, tis driving me crazy. It was 1981 or so, I was in 6th grade. I had a mom cool enough to take me out of school for a day, give me a few rolls of quarters and send me to this local bar, where I played Pac-Man all day. I made it to the fourth intermission a few times (which was a damn repeat!), how far did you get?
posted by jeremias on Jun 18, 2002 - 26 comments

Just fun here.

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 - 45 comments

Nostalgic for old video games? Try the java arcade machine emulator.

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.
posted by phatboy on Nov 2, 2001 - 8 comments

MAME - I'm Gonna Live Forever

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?
posted by SiW on Nov 1, 2001 - 8 comments

Lakeland Florida tries to kill hobbyist's passion.

Lakeland Florida tries to kill hobbyist's passion. Sure, the hobby involves a guy who collects videogames as if they were Hummel Figurines, but I have a certain amount of sympathy for him since I collect as well (I just have a little more restraint). I'm intensely curious as to whose panties got tied into enough of a Gordian knot to go after him.
posted by plinth on Apr 11, 2000 - 1 comment

Bored at work?

Bored at work? Or maybe just tired of playing the game on your snazzy Nokia Cell.. needless to say I find time to play this every day. All praise "The Snake Game". The only downside which makes Nokia's cellphone far superior, is unless you have a laptop and perhaps a wireless NIC at work, it is probably impossible to play the game while you sit in the bathroom.
posted by sikk on Mar 30, 2000 - 5 comments

Ummm. What the hell is this?
posted by endquote on Mar 25, 2000 - 7 comments

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