Published December 7, 2018 Leave a Comment

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There’s good news for fans of House of the Dead around the world as this year has been teeming with news and details about a return to Sega’s most popular light-gun game in their history. This has been one of the biggest arcade news items of 2018 as the hugely-popular action horror arcade series has been dormant for more than a decade prior to the announcement of the new version by Sega.

For those who are not familiar with the games, House of the Dead is an action-horror video game series developed by Sega, with the first release hitting arcades back in 1996. To date, there have been 4 mainline releases, with a new one coming out later this year. Each installment plays the similar to the previous one: as an on-rails first-person shooter where the player uses a gun prop to shoot at the enemies that appear on the screen, which usually belong to the undead. In each game, there are two special agents that team up to fight against the zombie hordes and defeat the ones who unleashed them upon the landscape.

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Published November 29, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published November 28, 2018 Leave a Comment

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Over the past few years, Nintendo has been gaining popularity for porting and releasing our favorite classic games on their newest consoles. They hopped onto the retro trend with popular platforms like the Nintendo DS and Wii, but what was made available usually focused on Nintendo’s own consoles, with a small amount of focus on platforms like the Sega Genesis or Turbographx-16. This has also provided an incentive for some 3rd party developers like Sega, Konami and Namco, to re-release some of their beloved titles through Nintendo’s services. Many of those games were released in both arcades and one home consoles, but these companies decided to stick with the home ports as opposed to the arcade originals.

Luckily for fans of the arcades, who also like to keep up with current gaming trends, the Nintendo Switch has also been receiving its fair share of original arcade classics.

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Published November 23, 2018 Leave a Comment

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Originally launched with 60 player coins, these 13 new coins are being made available just in time for the kickoff of the 2018-2019 season, featuring the likenesses of Jimmy Garoppolo, Kareem Hunt, Alvin Kamara, Deshaun Watson, Adam Thielen, Robby Anderson, Melvin Gordon, Christian McCaffrey, Doug Baldwin and Ryan Tannehill, along with rookies Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Saquon Barkley. Here is a sample of 10 of the new coins:

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Published November 9, 2018 Leave a Comment

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The Evolution Championship Series (or EVO, for short) is the most important event in the fighting game community. This annual event consists of a series of tournaments where players from all around the world get together and face off to see who is the best of the best at their favorite fighting games. The idea behind EVO is that anyone can play, from renowned and well-established fighting game personalities, to newcomers eager to take a shot at the spotlight. As long as they pay the entry fee, anyone can join and compete.

The lineup of games for this event usually features the heavy hitters of the industry, such as Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. Nevertheless, the rotation of games varies each year. For example, this year’s EVO didn’t feature Mortal Kombat. Instead, Injustice 2 took its place which, while remaining a completely different game in its own right, was developed by the same team (NetherRealm Studios), and engine (Unreal Engine 3) as the more recent Mortal Kombat did. This year’s lineup of games consisted of the following…

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Published November 1, 2018 Leave a Comment
Published October 30, 2018 Leave a Comment

There’s a good chance that most of you might be familiar with the Intellivision, that weird console released by Mattel Electronics back in 1979. It was rectangular in shape, and used an odd controller that had a numeric keypad on it. However, shortly after its launch, the Intellivision went on to become one of the most serious competitors to the incredibly popular Atari 2600, selling over 175,000 units in its first year alone. This success saw the expansion of its game library, which consisted of only 4 games at launch, to 19 titles by the end of its first year, all of which were developed by a single company, APh.

After a successful launch, it was clear that Mattel had created the Intellivision solely to take a slice of the video game pie. This was no easy task – numerous other competitors were also trying to break through Atari’s virtual monopoly on video games, most failing to make any noticeable dent in their market share. Thus, the Intellivision ended up taking Mattel by surprise. When they realized that their consoles were flying off the shelves, the company decided to open a studio dedicated to developing first-party software for the console. The studio housed a team of 5 developers, whose location was kept a closely-guarded secret by Mattel to prevent their rival, Atari, from finding them and giving them a better offer to make them defect.

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Published October 26, 2018 Leave a Comment

Even though they are suffering from diminishing returns in terms of visuals, the video game industry is advancing as fast as ever. The success of many recent games such as the most recent God of War, Monster Hunter World, and Final Fantasy XV, among many others, is just a testament of the potential with which game devs tinker on a daily basis. Even Nintendo & Square Enix are killing it with Octopath Traveler, a JRPG released on July 13, and is selling extremely well for a game of its kind.

In the same vein, the PlayStation 4 is home to many classics which, since its launch in 2013, has catapulted itself into the highest popularity ranks in the world, alongside Nintendo’s 3DS, and Microsoft’s Xbox One a short ways behind. However, while the console is still alive and kicking, fans and tech consumers alike are wondering when we’re going to hear news about the next console installment. After all, while the games are definitely fun with their innovative mechanics and engaging narratives, the console is starting to show its age with its limited graphics capabilities, and slow loading times which, for some people, is enough to shun it and stick to PC gaming. This has been partially abated with the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro, which allowed many games to enter into the realm of 4K gaming but this was only a stop gap to what will be the PS4’s true successor.

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Published October 19, 2018 Leave a Comment

Having already taken the amusement world by storm, Bandai Namco Amusements’ DC Superheroes coin/card pushers are about to get even better with a new series of sixteen collectible cards to play for!

Coinciding with shipments for the brand new 2-player model of DC Superheroes, the Series 2 cards features the colorful and charismatic artwork of the “New 52” series of DC Comics characters. Each card maintains the same heroes as what was found on the series 1 cards meaning that they are completely interchangeable with the existing series 1 cards. Collectors can collect the new cards and turn in the old ones for tickets.

Series 2 cards are shipping now and are available for 4-player models to enjoy as well. This will replace the Series 1 line so keep in mind – once Series 1 cards are gone, they’re gone for good!

Looking to add a DC Superheroes to your location today? Need to replensh your card stock with Series 2? 

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Published October 12, 2018 Leave a Comment

Over the years, Billy Mitchell has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon when it comes to video game references. He was pronounced as the “Video Game Player Of The Century” by the record keeping organization Twin Galaxies and became known as the king of arcades. He set several world record scores on a variety of arcade games, namely Donkey Kong & Pac-Man, and he would later set record scores on titles in full view of the public between 2005 and 2007. However, the arcade star’s efforts might just have been in vain, considering that his high records have just been scrubbed, and he was banned from participating in the leaderboards after a controversial dispute this past February.

Twin Galaxies, an organization charged with the tracking and verification of video game records and high scores had been in a discussion with Mitchell on allegations that the star had used a MAME machine when setting his famous 1,062,800-point high score in Donkey Kong. These processes take a hefty amount of time and arbitration, during which the organization and the player go back and forth until a verdict is reached. However, due to compelling evidence presented by forum poster Jeremy “Xelnia” Young, which proved beyond a doubt that Mitchell had, indeed, been using a MAME to submit his gameplay, his records were scrubbed and his participation in future competitions was forbidden by the organization. It’s important to note that Young was the one that began the dispute with Twin Galaxies, in the first place.

As many in the industry may know, the use of these emulators is strictly forbidden by the rules, at least when it comes to Donkey Kong. In order to accept a submission, the player must thoroughly prove that he is not using such machines and that he or she are playing on an authentic arcade cabinet. In the recording submitted by the player, they must provide proof that the machine has not been altered in any way (which is easy to do with MAME; MAME can use “save states” which serve as a restore point for one to go back and try again – something that cannot be done on a real arcade machine), as well as provide footage of the player using the cabinet.

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