One of the things that was cool about video games back in the early years of gaming was the ability to just enter a game and start playing. No muss, no fuss. No long intro story lines, no boring tasks to complete before it got interesting, just sit and start blasting. Great to relieve some stress in the middle of the day.
Raiden was one of those games. The arcade version was released in 1990 and is a classic scrolling shoot em’ up game. Easy to control with only two options, shoot or bomb. Nice and simple yet loads of fun. Enjoy !
Controls Arrow Keys – Movement Space key – Select Enter key – Start “Z” key – a “X” key – b “A” key – x “S” key – y “D” key – l “C” key – r To save your game:hover over the emulator screen and use the icons to save your progress. Down arrow icon (save), Up arrow icon (load).
If you’ve ever argued with a friend about what gaming console came out first, the Atari 2600, the Odyssey 200 or the Intellivision, you’re either a true hardcore gamer or have waaaaaaaaay too much time on your hands.
Either way, no need to argue any longer. Click the pic of the bitchin’ PacMan ring to see the definitive collection of all gaming consoles from the original Odyssey to the Nintendo Wii. Click the console of your choice for a quick overview and details. Amazing how far we’ve come. Hard to believe there was a time when you had to tape color foils over your black and white TV to get a color burst to add more excitement while you played your games leaving gummy residue all over the screen which all parents loved. Now, all you have to do is reach for your phone to play in full color with people from around the world.
Before Wii Sports became the best selling console game in the history of video games, there was Super Mario Brothers that was released by Nintendo in 1985. This game was the sequel to the very popular Mario Bros. game and has sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
This game helped put Nintendo’s gaming console on the map and was a major factor in the recovery of the video game industry after the crash of 1983. It’s inspired many clones, sequels, cartoons and spin offs but Mario remains one of the most popular and recognizable video game characters ever created. Many non gamers also know who Mario is – not too many characters can make that claim. Italian plumbers everywhere burst with pride on that thought.
There are some that remain in denial regarding their addiction to retro video games. Even though today’s modern games are visually more stunning, more realistic in game play, have award winning soundtracks and possess the ability to suck your brain right out of your melon, there is something about the simple classic games from the golden age of video games that keep you coming back for more.
There are some that prefer the older games over the new ones due to their simplicity and the fact it takes them back and reminds them of simpler times when you fed quarters into a machine in a dingy, smokey arcade rather than save your quarters to finally drop $300 to $500 on gaming consoles. Who are these people? How can you spot them? Look for the following clues. In other words, you might be a retro arcade game junkie if you own……….
Space Invader Ice Cube Trays
No regular ice cubes will do to keep your drinks cool when you’re blasting away aliens coming at you or chasing down blue ghosts.
PlayStation 2 Controller Soap Bars
After working up a sweat playing your favorite games, what better way to wipe the retro grime off your body than with soap shaped like PS2 game pads and consoles? Comes in all your favorite colors.
Pac Man Oven Mitts
The cool thing about these oven mitts is that you can actually make the “Num num num num” cookie monster sound while using them which is waaaaay easier than faking the actual sound that Pac Man made while chasing the crack dots around the maze.
Space Invader Cuff Links
Nothing says impeccable style and uber geek at the same time like a set of cuff links shaped like the monster meanies from Space Invaders.
Pac Man Ghost iPod Speaker
Bored of the plain vanilla look of Apple iPod speaker docking stations? Show your retro sense of adventure with a speaker shaped like a ghost meanie from Pac Man. Available in standard Pac Man meanie colors including the cool blue.
Let’s face it – even though these things are kind of geeky, your girlfriend will think it’s cute right up until she moves in with you and then they will join your beat up comfy couch at the curb on the very next garbage day. Regardless though, you want them……….you really want them.
One of the all time greatest arcade classics, Pac Man brought the video games out of the arcades and into the public consciousness. Even though it was critically not well received, it was the hottest selling game for the Atari 2600 and one of the biggest games in terms of revenues at the arcade for it’s time.
The simple game play yet challenging levels meant hours of fun for people of all ages and was simple enough for anyone to play. Here it is again in the original arcade version.Just click start to begin and use the arrow keys to control the little yellow quarter bandido.
If you grew up in the 60s and 70s, and you wanted to build furniture inspired by you’re favorite games, chances are you’d have to settle for a Scrabble couch with a matching love seat. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, you’d have a whole new set of games to get inspiration from because chances are, you were a gamer.
So when you finally had enough to build your dream house, you considered your options and looked at different plans and eventually settled on a design you could really relate to – a house shaped like an NES gaming console.
So now you move in and arrange all your nic-naks neatly on your Tetris shelves but still it’s not enough. Sure, you have Atari coat hangers but honesty, you’ll never be comfortable without more furniture.Lucky for you, there are many more pieces of furniture that will fit well in your decor and match the shelves and hangers. Click the hanger below to see more video game inspired furniture. You know you want them.
Sad to see that even in college our yellow cheese wheel shaped buddy was tormented by the ghost like meanies. It was tough but eventually the meanies were expelled and he did meet his better half there so everybody wins.
One of the first games to suck the quarters out of my pocket at an alarming rate was the classic Asteroids game. It was one of the first games that let you continue where you left off which usually meant you’d be dead alot quicker the further up the levels you went.
Here now for your entertainment and gaming pleasure is the original classic Asteroids. Use the mouse to press START, the arrow keys to move around and SPACE bar to shoot. Keep the quarters in your pocket.