Augmented Reality and Rock Climbing? Yes, It’s a Thing

You love vertical arcade games, but your favorite upright arcade cabinet isn’t the only combination of the terms “vertical” and “gaming.” Thanks to a Boston-based startup, now you can scramble up a bouldering wall in the context of a fun, competitive video game, or rather, an augmented reality game. Randori Digital Climbing is taking rock climbing to another level, literally. Continue reading

NBA Set to Launch Its Own Gaming League

Do you remember facing off with your friends around your tabletop arcade game, competing for the highest score? What if you could use those same gaming skills to become the newest member of your favorite NBA team? This is not a drill: real NBA teams are going to recruit the top gaming talent to play in a new e-sports league called NBA 2K eLeague. Think you have what it takes? Continue reading

College Video Gaming – A New Sport Gains Traction

What if your expert skill at cocktail table arcade games landed you a college scholarship? That’s the reality for avid teen gamers today, though consoles have taken the place of cocktail table arcade games. High school students can leverage their talents for college scholarships, joining their university’s e-sports league and competing for championships. Popular college sports like football and basketball won’t be disappearing anytime soon, but e-sports leagues are slowly claiming a seat at the table. Continue reading

Founder of Namco and Father of “Pac-Man” Dies

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco, died on January 22nd at the age of 91. Nakamura grew the gaming company into one of the most influential Japanese gaming organizations, and “Pac-Man” was released on his watch. His leadership of the company has granted him the title of “father of Pac-Man” – he was one of the key influences behind the evolution of your “Pac-Man cocktail arcade game. Nakamura’s love for arcade gaming and dedication to his vision drove the arcade gaming industry forward for decades. Continue reading

Is “Gaming Disorder” Real?

A tabletop arcade machine provides hours of fun, but some public health officials are worried about gaming’s increasing popularity. So much so, they’re considering adding gaming disorder to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD). These standards, along with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, are used to diagnose mental illness in many countries, including the United States. Is “gaming disorder” a real concern? Continue reading

Faulty Research: Questioning the Link Between Video Games and Violence

Back when “Ms. Pac-Man” cocktail tables were all the rage, were parents worried about games causing their children to break into violent outburst? It’s a topic of much discussion today, with realistic, first-person shooter games solely in the spotlight. Study after study has tested the connection between video games and violence, with mixed, and now conflicting results. One study claimed playing first-person shooter games trained gamers to use weapons more accurately in real life. That study is now being retracted. Continue reading

“Street Fighter” Turns 30 This Year

When you picture your ideal cocktail arcade table, you picture playing “Street Fighter.” It’s one of the most popular martial arts arcade game franchises of all time – you can’t think about the classic gaming days of the 80s without humming the “Street Fighter” theme song. Since 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the game’s debut, Capcom is planning on putting the title back into the spotlight. Continue reading

South Korean Military Plagiarizes Video Game Footage to Showcase New Jet

You may be able to find arcade machines for sale, but you won’t find any video game developer willing to part with their intellectual property. Someone needs to alert the South Korean military of that fact. In a 2015 video that was supposed to detail the amazing capabilities of their new fighter jet, they plagiarized video game footage from two different games. Now the military is in the hot seat, especially since taxpayer money was used to create the promotional video. Continue reading

Who’s the Richest Man in the Video Game Industry?

Over the past few decades, the gaming industry hasn’t slowed down. Tabletop arcade games were only the beginning – today, there’s a gaming device in 80 percent of American households. What began as a curiosity is now a booming industry, and many people have profited off of that fact. None more so than Gabe Newell. Continue reading

Video Games: Can They Help You Exercise? Can They Treat Depression?

Back when the Pac-Man arcade machine was the latest and greatest video game around, parents weren’t as worried about the level of exercise their children were getting every day. Today, video games present much more of a threat to the activity levels and overall health of the gamers who play them, especially kids. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading

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