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Published January 12, 2018 Leave a Comment

We have addressed the topic of popular fighting games on countless occasions due to their importance to the arcade industry and, above all else, their revolutionary formula which helped immensely to breathe new life into it. Games like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter were not the first in the genre, but were, by far, the most influential at their time of release, which helped the ailing western arcade industry to survive the crash of the 80’s. Afterwards, these two franchises went on to transform into their own big phenomenons which are still going strong to this day.

With their fun formula, competitive gaming scene, and overall entertainment factor, fighting games have all but hogged the market of games where players beat the crap out of each others, leaving little space for variants to rise and succeed. For this reason, players who enjoy different types of fighting games, such as wrestling, UFC, or MMA. Technically, the latter category is covered in Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, as the characters usually have their own fighting styles which are based in mixed martial arts. Players who are interested in wrestling, however, are somewhat out of luck, given the scarcity of these games in relation to other famous titles, in both consoles and arcades alike.

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Published January 5, 2018 Leave a Comment

Science has been constantly flirting throughout the years with the idea of virtual reality and augmented reality as means of enhancing the entertainment derived from several mediums, namely, video games and amusements. As you very well may know, video games have been an integral part of many hobbyists’ lives ever since their inception in the mid-twentieth century. Amusements and rides, on the other hand, have been around for far longer, and have rarely varied through the years on its classic formula which relies, mostly, on analog entertainment, for lack of a better description.

However, with the arrival of new, improved virtual and augmented reality technologies, matters are currently taking a turn for the best.

VR and AR have been slowly surfacing in video games as of late with devices like the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR or the HTC Vive which revolutionize the way we view and interact with our favorite games. Although the catalog of titles available for this medium is still small and full with experimental games designed to simply test out the new technology, it offers a great outlook about the future of video games, and much promise to gamers like you and me, who are constantly on the look for new and interesting ways to immerse ourselves in our favorite pastime.

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Published December 29, 2017 Leave a Comment
Published December 29, 2017 Leave a Comment

Everyone and their mothers have seen their fair share of claw machines; those dreadful contraptions which only serve to tease us with the promise of awesome prizes. The excitement quickly builds after inserting a coin, only to drop like a rock in a lake when you find that the user-operated claw is weaker than a baby’s grip. Yes, we’re no strangers to failure when it comes to claw machines — or Crane Games, as they’re sometimes called —, which is especially infuriating when the prize pool has something we actually desire.

Well, as it turns out, after thousands of cries of “this game is rigged!”, some claw machines can actually stack the odds against us. Now, we’re not saying all of the claw games are completely rigged, but the vast majority of them are configured to yield prizes only after a certain amount of money has been deposited. For example, if a prize is worth around $5, while each round costs 50 cents, and the owner wants 50% profit from each prize, then the crane can be programmed to yield prizes once at least $7.50 to $8 have been deposited into the machine. This interval is completely random so it can’t actually be predicted, and the way it works is by making the crane grasp weaker the less money has been deposited.

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Published December 24, 2017 Leave a Comment

Some say that the best video games are the ones which have a thought-out story complemented by creative gameplay mechanics which keep the pacing fresh and fun throughout the whole ordeal. Moreover, while some may agree with the statement, there has been a growing trend among single player video games, where mechanical freedom makes up the most part of the gameplay, with great success. In these games, the player is free to do whatever he desires, and is not necessarily bound to fulfill the main story quest as soon as he gets control of the character. Additionally, these titles are usually open-ended and contain massive, sprawling worlds filled to the brim with objects the player can interact with and collectibles which allows him to get around and overcome the obstacles the world has in store.

When it comes to these games, the creativity of the player is the main factor which will both drive and limit the things he can achieve. Additionally, the things he can achieve, in turn, will be directly dependant on the underlying mechanics of said game. The vast amount of freedom, coupled with the numerous set pieces which can be interacted with have earned these games the title of “sandboxes”. A typical example of these types of video games is the ever-popular Grand Theft Auto franchise where the player takes control of a character which can run, drive, and shoot his way through the city and engage in general shenanigans. The more modern GTA games such as IV and V have their own physics engine implemented, so the player can fool around at breakneck speeds and get a ton of fun from being shot out the windshield of his car after the inevitable crash against a rogue tree or lamppost. That’s not to say that these games don’t have great plots; I’ve experienced plenty of interesting plots in my 20-something years as a gamer, and I can personally attest to the quality of the stories written by Rockstar (the creators of GTA). However, a big chunk of the fun of sandboxes come from the interactions with the gaming world, and the carefully-written and engaging story is just the icing on the very tasty cake.

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Published December 15, 2017 Leave a Comment

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For many of us gamers, Japan holds the holy grail of video game entertainment. Some of the biggest contenders in the console gaming industry — as well as major developers for all other platforms, including modern-day arcade games — are headquartered there. Companies like Nintendo, Sony, Capcom, and Bandai Namco, among many, many others are just a few of these organizations dedicated to making the gaming world a better place, filled with innovative entertainment and cutting edge hardware.

It makes sense, then, that some of us would see this country as a must-visit destination for vacations or other trips, given the vast amount of video games produced in the island country, as well as all the cutting edge technology you can interact with in some of the country’s most technologically-inclined districts. Akihabara, for instance, is regarded commonly as the “Electronic Town” for its big boulevards chock-full of tech stores as well as diners where anyone can unwind to the music and entertainment of popular anime series and characters. This place is also famous for their maid cafés, where otakus — a term used to describe anime fans and enthusiasts — can go to be served by hostesses dressed like anime maids and have a good time unwinding with friends and family.

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Published December 8, 2017 Leave a Comment

The arrival of Space Invaders in the late 70’s spawned a whole genre of space shooters which, to the wonder of many retro gamers out there, is still very much alive to this day. After the arrival of the iconic space shooter, developers took its formula and kept building on it, creating games that played wildly different than its predecessor. Some of these games were received with great praise, while others were just regarded as novelties, the appeal of which faded shortly and their names along with it.

Some of the awesome space shooter games that were spawned thanks to Space Invaders includes arcade classics like SOS, Space Fever, Galaxian, Ozma Wars, Defender, and Scramble, among many, many others. However, one title stands out to us, in particular, for its unique mechanics and engaging, fast-paced gameplay, Galaga.

Developed and released by Namco in 1981 as a successor to the highly-successful Galaxian, Galaga is one of those space shooters which, like many other titles, are easy to get into, yet very difficult to master. Similar to Space Invaders, the game is played in a fixed screen where the main objective is to destroy wave after wave of aliens. However, unlike Space Invaders, the enemies are much more mobile and swift, and they don’t appear in formation from the beginning of the game. Instead, aliens swoop into the screen bobbing, weaving, and shooting their way into formation. Once formed, the enemies proceed to shoot the player until they are destroyed, after which other waves of aliens take their place.

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Published December 1, 2017 Leave a Comment
Published December 1, 2017 Leave a Comment

Arcade establishments and arcade amusements, in general, are essentially the enduring footprints left by a medium that, 4 decades ago, was regarded as a simple hobby or pastime. It all started with the first arcade games back in the early 70’s. The home console and PC gaming we enjoy today owe their existence to the fact that, almost 50 years ago, a pair of American engineers by the names of Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell created and released Computer Space through Nutting Associates. While the game not a commercial success, it did lead the pair to create Atari and the rest as they say, is history. We’ve already talked about Computer Space in another article if you are looking for more detailed behind that. However, what you need to know about this game isn’t really related to the game itself, but rather to its legacy.

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Published November 24, 2017 Leave a Comment

It’s that time of the month again where we sit down and discuss strategy about how to win big at our favorite arcade games. This time, we’ll be talking about a timeless classic by Taito; released in 1978 in Japan and distributed in the US by Midway Games, Space Invaders is one of the first arcade games in the Shoot ‘em Up genre, and one of the most important titles in arcade history.

The gameplay, as you very well may know, consists of shooting down wave after wave of alien invaders with a mobile turret cannon situated at the bottom of the screen in order to score as much points as possible. The game derived inspiration from famous staples in the game and movie industries, such as Breakout, War of the Worlds, and Star Wars.

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