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Happy 35th Anniversary, Pac-Man!

There’s not a lot that I can say about Pac-Man that 35 years of interviews, play throughs, record breaking events, and re-releases haven’t already covered. In short: Pac-Man is an icon in the truest sense of the word. 1,208 more words

Retro Gaming

Robots and B-movies from the arcade's past - Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters

Atari’s golden years may have been behind it by the time 1989 rolled around. Their focus had shifted towards their PC offerings and near the end of 1989, would come out with the Atari Lynx which is notable for being the first handheld gaming device with a color LCD screen. 1,465 more words

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Gangsters from the arcade's past - Empire City: 1931

The Age of Prohibition (1920 – 1933) was a bold experiment in legally enforced temperance banning alcohol within the United States. One of the biggest criticisms of the law behind it was that it also facilitated the rapid rise of organized crime creating empires under the control of the Mafia and figures such as Al Capone who took advantage of the “dry” period to build up fortunes illegally importing and distributing alcohol. 946 more words

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Giant bugs from the arcade's past - Dangerous Seed

Arcade titan Namco is no stranger to shmups having titles such as Xevious, Galaga, Bosconian, and many more on their incredibly long resume. Their games were arcade staples feeding itchy trigger fingers and greasing players’ nerves with adrenaline. 855 more words

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Cyber dragons from arcade's past - Cyvern

One of the things that have always amazed me about shmups (shoot ’em ups) were the degrees of creativity certain design houses put into their particular games turning many into an adrenaline-fueled slice of never ending action. 1,195 more words

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Sorcerors from the Neo Geo's past - Magician Lord

The first time I had seen Magician Lord was sometime during the early 90s in the arcade set up inside what looked like a generic, red cab, with a tiny marquee insert on top without the illustrated side panels or screen borders. 1,746 more words

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Arcade beat 'em ups from the past - D. D. Crew

Sega’s position as an arcade icon was firmly established by a series of memorable hits ranging from After Burner to Space Harrier — fast, exciting titles that promised to deliver as much adrenaline as their pixels could provide. 1,306 more words

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