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Retro Night: Introduction to Arcades

Arcades used to be haven for the latest and greatest in videogame technology. Fast pace, flashing lights, a 2D bullet hell with only one restriction: the number of quarters in your pocket. It was a great time to be a kid, because your parents were likely to dump you off at the arcade at the mall with a few bucks to play whatever games you could find. These days, arcades don’t really exist like they used to, not in the United States at least. Oh, you can still find them here and there, mostly relegated to Chucky Cheeses or Dave & Busters, but it’s just not the same.

With modern technology, it’s possible to relive those happy times with the MAME emulator, which basically takes all those different hardware configurations and puts them all into a single program that will play any and every arcade game you can think. That’s the purpose anyway, it doesn’t always work out in the practice since there are still a great number of classic titles that simply don’t work.

But, that’s a blog post for another day, I think. Let’s get down to the real point of this post: are the games still fun? The quick answer to that is a resounding YES. In fact, quite a few arcade games from the 90’s are still infinitely playable [thanks in part to the fact that MAME allows you to insert as many virtual quarters as you want] and very fun. Starting with the next post, and continuing into the near future with further posts, I’ll take a look at some of the better titles and give you some insight into what makes them so much fun. Enjoy!

Here’s a preliminary list of games that I’ll be looking at:

Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty
Dangun Feveron
Darius Gaiden: Silver Hawk
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
Dimahoo
DonPachi
Dragon Blaze
Dragon Gun
Dungeons and Dragons: Shadow of Mystara and Tower of Doom
Final Fight
Gaia Crusaders
Giga Wing
Gunbird 2
Gunforce 2
In the Hunt
Knights of the Round
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes
Metal Slug X
Shock Troopers 2
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa

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April 23, 2010 - Posted by | Games, Retro Night | , ,

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