At a recent DICE panel called "A Renaissance of Gaming", two big names in the video game industry's history chimed in about how $60 is not as bad as things used to be.
So you shelled out $200 for a fancy schmancy arcade stick early last generation, and it’s starting to go. Your buttons are getting sticky, inputs aren’t being tracked correctly, your combos are dropping, and everything feels loose and rattly. Time to drop another two hundo on a new stick, right?
We're back with another installment of the Arcade Spotlight! This time we're travelling to Chicago, Illinois, home of da Bears, da Bulls and da bars filled with arcade machines. Like this one!
It has been stated that imitation in the sincerest form of flattery. In the early '80s arcade market, imitation was a gold mine. According to a Time Magazine report from 1982, arcade games earned $2.8 billion in quarters in 1980, followed by $5 billion in 1981, which was almost twice the total of the entire U.S. movie industry for the same period. Competition was tough, and many of the games produced at that time were quick to capitalize on the success of their predecessors. Whether the game was an original idea or not was beside the point.
Ah, the arcade. That one place where kids growing up in the '80s could stay for hours on end every day of the week playing the 10 Best Classic Arcade Games.
It's no secret I love arcades. I miss the 'golden days' of gaming. A time when you put a quarter on the machine letting the person playing know that you were next. It's one of the reason I started the Arcade Spotlight series and one of the reasons why I'm excited at the possibility of a new arcade opening up in Los Angeles.
It's been over a month since our last Arcade Spotlight and for that, I apologize. I've been hunting for arcades online and the ones I find have no website, no pictures, no nothing. They exist, but it's tough showing them off. Luckily, I had no issues when it came to finding info on Robot City Games in New York.
The IAAPA 2013 trade show was held last weekend, and a host of new arcade machines were announced for release in 2014. Let's take a look at some of the biggest reveals from this year's show.
It's been a while since our last Arcade Spotlight, but that isn't my fault. Arcades are closing left and right and it's tough finding ones that have a decent website. Lucky for me, and for the residents of New York, there's a brand spanking new pinball place that just opened to the public!