World Video Game Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

What title will be the first classic game inducted into the Strong World Video Game Hall of Fame? Will a Pac man arcade machine top the list, or will a modern favorite like Angry Birds beat out the classics? Continue reading

Arcade Flyer Archive Revisits the Past

In order to advertise their products, such as a Ms. Pac-man cocktail table for sale, video game developers invested time and money in their graphic design team, responsible for creating posters that would draw in arcade owners, convincing them they were looking at the “next big thing” – the game that was sure to draw a crowd. Continue reading

Marvel Partners with Telltale Games for 2017 Release

In what sphere of business isn’t Marvel excelling? Between the huge success of recent movie titles like Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed $27.6 million on its opening night, and Marvel’s future plans for more blockbuster hits, the company plans to add to its revenue by partnering with Telltale Games for a series set for release in 2017. So far, the partnership has reported they plan on crafting a console/PC game together, but will the title also be released for upright arcade machines? It’s too soon to tell, but further details are sure to follow. Continue reading

Bandai Namco’s Latest: A Tekken/Galaga Combo Special

Have you spent hours on a Galaga cocktail arcade machine? Then you’re in for a treat. In honor of Tekken turning 20 years old on December 9, 1994, Bandai Namco has released a free mash-up of two of their most successful games – Galaga and Tekken. All the familiar Tekken characters replace the usual Galaga spaceships, but the gameplay of Galaga remains the same. Continue reading

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: A Match for the Ages

Does Floyd Mayweather prepare for the much-anticipated match against Manny Pacquiao, also known as “Pacman”, by beating the top score on his personal Ms. Pacman arcade game? If an inside view of his boxing club is any indication, honing his arcade gaming skills might be one of his warm-up tactics. A Ms. Pacman arcade machine sits directly to the left of the Las Vegas’ gym’s entrance. While the arcade cabinet’s presence is symbolic, it’s by no means insulting to Pacman the fighter – the game’s not easy to master. The real question is this: who will prevail in Saturday’s long-awaited boxing match? Continue reading

ZapCon: Vintage Pinball and Arcade Games for Phoenix Residents

Miss the days of racking up high pinball scores and dominating trackball arcade games? If you live the greater Phoenix area, maybe you revisited your arcade glory days at ZapCon on April 18 and 19. Founded by two fun-loving arcade enthusiasts, the event attracted many pinball and arcade lovers from towns all around the Mesa Convention Center in Arizona. Continue reading

Sacramento’s 2nd Annual Indie Gaming Expo

Those who can appreciate classic machines like a Pacman arcade table or other vertical arcade games may also be interested in Sacramento’s own Indie Gaming Expo, an instant success for the second year in a row. The convention has a different feel to it than most. Instead of simply playing the old classics, attendees get to observe, support and encourage area developers in their quest to create new titles. Continue reading

Over 150 Million Americans Play Video Games

Remember the days when you were the only one taking on the next level of the Ms. Pacman cocktail table at your neighborhood arcade? Video games are no longer just for the nerds – everybody’s doing it. According to research presented by the Entertainment Software Association, over 150 million Americans play video games. Continue reading

“Ghosts ‘n Goblins” is Two Decades Old This Year

Out of all your favorite upright arcade games, chances are Ghosts ‘n Goblins gave you quite a bit of trouble and stole more than one pocketful of change. Commonly thought of as one of the hardest arcade games to master, Capcom and developer Tokuro Fujiwara’s 1985 arcade title turns 20 years old in 2015. Continue reading

Turn Your iPhone Into a Game Boy

If you thought retro gaming was strictly for classic arcade cabinets or tabletop arcade machines, think again. Old-school Nintendo titles could soon be playable on your iPhone 6 Plus. Hyperkin, a mobile hardware and accessories company, has launched a new product idea that is currently in development mode. It’s designed to attach to the mobile smartphone screen and give the cell phone owner the traditional Game Boy experience, only this time it’s called the Smart Boy. Continue reading

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