The makers of arcade games in the early 1980s weren’t just looking to make money with sales and quarters. In the wake of Space Invaders and Asteroids came Pac-Man, the first video game character to become a merchandising cash cow, developers had more grandiose dreams. […]
Microtransactions. Forget discussing politics over Christmas dinner, if you really want to rile someone up, ask a gamer about microtransactions. For years, it’s been a dirty word to a lot of avid video game consumers and in the wake of the recent Star Wars: Battlefront […]
Gaming is typically thought of as a stationary action. Where one sits mostly still and uses nothing but a console controller or the combination of a mouse and keyboard to play the games. All of that is changing with the introduction of virtual reality systems […]
Just the other night, I finally had an opportunity. My oldest son was invited to friend’s birthday party at a local Main Event location, giving me some rare time to kill. I walked into the arcade and saw it: The World’s Largest Pac-Man machine. I’d […]
As the months of the calendar continued to flip, I have grimly stared down the barrel of my 40th birthday. I knew it was coming, but it crept up on me all the same. In the 35 years since I first picked up a controller, […]
There’s a form of video game history that is incredibly at risk, and the majority of it is right under our noses. I grew up in Garland, Texas, a rather spread out suburb of Dallas. It was there that I first played a video game […]
As anyone who has been reading me on here or following my video game stuff online for the past 19 years, I’ve basically been playing video games long enough now to qualify for old-as-dirt status. I recently stunned a younger fan of video game history […]
Difficulty in video games has undergone massive changes within the last 30 years. In the past, arcades thrived off of challenging cabinets to drain quarters out of gamers’ pockets.
It’s no secret that the Sony PlayStation’s mid- to late-nineties run was one of staggering dominance, and this era was something of a renaissance for the racing genre, as well.
It’s like a dream come true. After more than 35 years of enjoying everything about video gaming, I can sit back and say that the industry has finally grown up. Long gone are the days where video games are considered kids’ toys. Competitive gaming has […]