The Final Day at Westfield Arcade

"The Wonder Years is my favorite television show of all-time, and I basically envisioned the novel as 'The Wonder Years but set in the 1980s as opposed to the 1960s,'" he said. "In my novel, a once-po...

Indie developer Tiffany Nickel

"Final Fantasy X for the Playstation 2 was the game that hooked me. Not only was it the game that hooked me, it was the first game I started taking notes on," she recalled. "These notes consisted of i...

The Stinky Footboard Review

The product itself is quite sturdy. A video shown at PAX East showed the Stinky Footboard being run over by a car and continuing to work with only minor case scratches. While that extreme was not used...

Rad Raygun

"I spent most of my childhood trying to learn anything that could get me in the video game industry, such as programming and 3D animation," he said. "I can remember being 13 or 14 and wanting absolute...

Gaming Under the Influence

"I headed over to South Korea for fun and made it a point to see what they were doing in TV and gaming," he said. "As most gamers know, professional video gaming is serious business over there and bro...

Capcom’s Arcade Cabinet Review

One of the potentially biggest issues I can see with Capcom Arcade Cabinet, however, will be the depth of game selection. While several early Capcom arcade titles proved popular when new, the average ...

Twonky Beam app review

The video quality of the beamed content was just as good as the content appears within the websites themselves. While using the app only a little buffering was apparent early on in some higher quality...

Violent video game debate goes back decades

“You cannot tell me that a kid sitting in a basement for hours playing Call of Duty and killing people over and over and over again does not desensitize that child to the real life effects of violen...

Hands-On Review: Plantronics GameCom Commander

This headset is tough and will likely last longer than your keyboard and controllers will. As I noted earlier, I'm a pretty big guy and yet my experience with the Commander marks the first time I've e...

The Classic Gaming Birthday Round Up

Capcom introduced this one-on-one fighter to arcades on August 30, 1987 in two different cabinet styles. The first featured two pressure sensitive "punch" pads while another marked what would be the f...

Arcade Classics: What happened to them all?

Several arcade conversions have appeared on these popular treasure-hunting television programs in recent years, often without the people on the show seemingly aware of it. An episode of Pawn Stars saw...

Two more NES prototypes hit online auctions

The first cartridge is a sample copy of the pack-in cartridge that came with the NES Power Set containing Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt and World Class Track Meet, a game designed for use with the Powe...

Legend of Zelda prototype sells for $55,000

"I definitely cannot thank Jason Wilson, Mark Nolan, and Matt Nolan enough," he added. "They had the foresight to go after these prototypes years and years ago. They preserved important pieces of gami...

Ecstasy of Order now on DVD

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, a documentary film about the 2010 Classic TetrisWorld Championship, is now available on DVD. The film, which has won a number of film festival awards since starti...

Joust turns 30

The two-player feature helped Joust make an impact in the coin box at arcades across the country. While the ability for numerous players to play together has been a common feature in arcades for some ...

Spelunky

Spelunky is also an incredible challenge, yet somehow contains enough balance to remain charming. Personally, I am reminded of the very balance that hooked me on games like Lode Runner in the 1980s an...

Mythbusting six common video game trivia mistakes

Another very common error, despite being easy to disprove with a quick Google search. I've heard people tell me that "Jumpman" was the name for Mario in the original Donkey Kong arcade game, with some...

Arcade classic Donkey Kong Junior is turning 30

According to trademark filings, Donkey Kong Junior first appeared publically on June 30, 1982. The suffix in the title was spelled as "Jr." in Japan but "Junior" in North America. Later home releases ...

Goin’ Out West: Running the gauntlet at E3 2012

A great surprise came to me this morning as me and Walter Day met up at the Nintendo booth along with Guinness World Records' Gaz Deaves to present Isaiah Triforce Johnson with awards for his successf...

Trials Evolution

The multiplayer mode provides the only real issue thus far. At the time of this review, online matchmaking was taking several minutes at a time and would fail altogether on many attempts. Once in a ...

Atari’s XE Game System

The XEGS also boasted of a huge library of games available for play due to backward compatibility with previous Atari products. While technically true, the game library was deeply aged by the time th...

Angry Birds Space

Iconic games of the past have sometimes struggled with sequels. The original Tetris has proven a more popular game than any of it's later follow-ups, while most Pac-Man sequels also fell short of the...

What is gaming’s ‘Greatest Generation’?

Over the past several years I have seen and dealt with players who will put the topic up for constant debate. I have seen classic arcade gamers refer to anything console as "lame" and unimportant in ...

Indie Game Gems: Mr. Gravity

The graphics for a game like this don't need to be complex yet don't need to be too simple, and Mr. Gravity nails this aspect to. The fairly simple graphics are given a color vector look and glow, re...

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Fans who remember pouring every quarter you had into the arcade game will be thrilled. The game is exactly as you remember it from start to finish with straightforward controls and even the full demo...

Abobo’s Big Adventure

As you begin your game you are instantly bombarded with characters from just about any NES-era game you can name. You'll have to do battle with those pink sweater-vest guys from Kung Fu, characters fr...

A look back at the Coleco Mini-Arcades

The early 80's video game boom saw gaming literally appear everywhere. Arcade games appeared in every type of public business you could think of while consoles that hooked up to home television sets ...

Choplifter HD

I'm always mixed when it comes to retro remakes, especially if it was a game I really used to enjoy. Choplifter was one of those games I never thought caught on like it should. While it had a popular...

Christmas Comes to Pac-Land

On December 16, 1982 the first ever Christmas special of the video game age debuted in prime time. Hanna Barbera's Christmas Comes to Pac-Land took the popular new Saturday morning cartoon series bas...

Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters

Ecstasy of Order centers around the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championships, an event set up in Los Angeles by NWC 1990 runner-up Robin Mihara. While Tetris had long been one of the most iconic vide...

The man who thought the NES was worth $13,000

This gentleman on A&E's Storage Wars takes the cake. For those who avoid such shows like the plague, Storage Wars is little more that footage of people who buy abandoned or defaulted storage lockers...

Elevator Action Deluxe

Square-Enix has provided this space with the first officially released screenshots, including pics of the original classic, which is to be included in the upcoming release, and shots of it's multi-pla...

Super Mario Bros. Swingdance video

Morgan Day and Emily Wigger put on the routine at the 2011 Camp Hollywood National Jitterbug Championship, delighting the crowd with a routine featuring music and sound effects from the classic Super ...

The 11 Most FRUSTRATING Video Games Ever!

You know those video games that you love to play, but also make you throw your controller, shout words you wouldn't want your mother to hear and make you throw such a huge fit you are kicked out of th...

A chat with Q*bert programmer Warren Davis

“Acting is something I started doing in college for fun, and at the time I was hired by Gottlieb, I was also studying and performing improv comedy in Chicago,” he said. “Luckily, I was always ab...

Classic Arcade Game Show Returns With Online Play

Now, JMPC is set to introduce myStarcade, a virtual online version of the game show. Using the actual head-to-head matchups and games from the original series, myStarcade will act as both a fun trip...