There are times when I look back and think that maybe the 1990s were the pinnacle of video game design. Maybe it’s just because that’s when I was heavily into gaming, but it seems to me that today’s games are more derivative of the games that came out in the 1990s than anything new or creative. The first person shooter really came into its own in the 1990s. Real-time strategy games finally began living up to their hype. MMOs made me miss more than one class in college. Rise of the Robots isn’t any of those. It’s better…and worse.
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This guy is way too serious about his racing games… and I want one.
I want to go to there. BTW, for those who haven’t a clue what this is: Cut Man and Mega Man from 1987′s Mega Man video game series that kicked off a decades long video game franchise that nobody has bothered to make a major motion picture about [...]
It’s no secret that we here at the AtomicToasters Galactic Central Command are fans of our video games. Even when I can’t claim to be as hardcore a gamer as some, we all tend to make a point of diving into a good franchise from time to time. Part of that is borne [...]
It’s been close to two years since I last opened Angry Birds. Why won’t this franchise die off like GI Joe and TMNT did when I was a kid? Oh, right.
After an irresponsible cartoon plumber swinging a hammer caused the collapse of the neighboring building, this scene was revealed. A passing Shigeru Miyamoto spotted it and was inspired to start an entire franchise for Nintendo.
(The preceding tale is a fib, but it’s short.)
I knew Duck Tape came in more than just grey, but this is something really special. First it’s an excuse for me to talk about utility tape again for the second time in a week, so I’m really… ahem… ON A ROLL. Get it? On a roll? Because it’s tape, and… yeah, [...]
When I was in high school, there was a new twist on an old saying: The geek shall inherit the Earth. Verily the slow invasion began. No tanks, no guns, no organized legion more significant than a Star Trek convention. Now we’ve taken over the neighborhood pub. Roll for [...]
That’s great, but that’s not what the underwater worlds looked like. Which music would play? I’m torn between my love of awesomeness and my need to be a pedantic geek.
Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday. Today I would like to tell you all a story, a story of a place where children once went to spend many a Saturday of youth. That place was called the arcade, and it was filled to the brim with all sorts of fantastic video games encased in big cabinets. Now this story isn’t about the arcade, per say, I am not here to lament its loss exactly, but about the games themselves. In recent years I have been to some establishments that traditionally held an arcade–a pizza parlor perhaps, or bowling alley–and it seems that there do indeed still exist those places of gaming. No, the question is, what ever has become of those cabinet based arcade games?
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