“Oh Star Wars,
Nothing but Star Wars,
Give me those Star Wars,
Don’t let them end.
Oh Star Wars,
If they should bar wars,
Please let these Star Wars
– Nick Winters (a.k.a. Bill Murray), from “Saturday Night Live”, Jan 21, 1978
I wish I could have been at LucasArts at the ground floor. They created a bunch of wonderful and underrated game in the 1980s that myself, and many others still adore to this day. But the main reason is the slew of Star Wars games they have created the past four decades. And as long as we have home video game consoles, and video game systems, we will have Star Wars video games. In fact, I think one of my best friends and I had the only 2 video game systems that did not have a Star Wars game in its catalog: Channel F, and Vektrex. So if you thought I was going to make a new Internet Rule, forget it!
When you consider that the video game franchise maker was part of the deal that Disney acquired back in 2012, the price tag looks even more like a bargain!
Continue reading “The Top Ten Star Wars Video Games”
“Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a Street Fighting man.”
The Rolling Stones – “Street Fighting Man”
One of our more popular Top Ten lists is The
Ten Twenty Favorite Arcade Games of the 1980’s. And just like in Hollywood, when something is popular, a sequel is inevitable. And since it’s so popular, and such a rich category, we’re not limiting ourselves to just ten. Once again, we’re turning it up to twenty.
I talked about how the arcade games reached a peak in the 1990s. At the turn of the decade/century/millennium, many genres of video games began to disappear. The only remaining games were fighting games, racing games, dance/rhythm games, and first person shooters. Filling the void in the arcades were crane games, skee ball, and basketball and/or football games which reward players with tickets. The arcades morphed into boardwalk carnivals. Just when I had enough money to play pinball, sports games and RPG video games, they disappeared. Continue reading “The Top Twenty Arcade Games of the 1990’s”
“What a wicked game to play, to make me feel this way.”
Chris Issak – “Wicked Game”
Hey folks! Guess what list we’re working on currently for episode 91 of Podcast Unlimited? I’ll give you a hint: it’s the long-awaited sequel to our more popular, and one of our very earliest Top Ten Lists. And like that list, it will contain more than just 10 games. But more of that in a future post.
If I had put a time stamp of the high-water mark of the arcade game, it would be between 1992-1993. After that, the number of arcade games produced diminished, and arcades themselves began to go out of business one by one. There are multiple reasons for this. One of them, which I will get to in yet another future post, was because of all of the quality pinball games being played during the 90’s. (I spent more time playing pinball games than arcade games, but probably less money.) But the main reason was because the home video game systems finally caught up, graphics-wise, with the arcades. Why spend tens of dollars every week losing at fighting, racing, and sports games, when you can play the same quality game at home for free?
What I’m sayin’ is that there will be no trilogy – no top ten arcade games of the ‘aughts. Continue reading “The I, Omnibus Top 10 Worst Arcade Games of the 1990s”
It is official. The long-awaited next installment of the award-winning, insanely popular turn-based strategy 4X franchise, Civilization, will be released on October 21, 2016. The official trailer was uploaded on to YouTube, and Steam already has it listed available for pre-order. Continue reading “CIVILIZATION VI Announced!”
Back in October, 2015, creators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman went online to help crowdfund a movie based on their 1983 mega-hit arcade game, Dragon’s Lair. If successfully rescuing The Princess Daphne has seemed a nigh impossible task to even the most skilled player, the game’s creators are embarking on an even greater mission — creating a feature-length prequel to Dragon’s Lair that will bring traditional hand-drawn animation back to the big screen. And from the looks of things, they just might manage it. Continue reading “Dragon’s Lair: The Movie reaches its Indiegogo goal – now comes the hard part”
Everyone is mourning the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Of course the first thing mentioned about him is his most famous role, the half-human/half-Vulcan Science Officer, Mr. Spock, from the Star Trek franchise. Others will mention his music career, which has reached a “so bad, it’s good” cult status. Continue reading “R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy”
So I kinda fell behind on my blogging. So what did I do in 2014? Well, besides work, I really did podcast all year. One segment of the podcast is a Top Ten list. I’m going to post all of the Top 10 Lists we did in 2014. And since Podcast Unlimited is a two-man team, I will post both my list, and the list of my tag-team partner, “The” Keith “Spiderman” Feltenstein. Continue reading “Top Ten arcade games of the 1980’s”
Wreck-It Ralph is John Lassiter’s love letter to the classic 1980’s arcade games. And as much as I loved the in-jokes and references, like many 80’s video games, Ralph is full of inconsistencies and errors. There will be spoilers below, but it is a Disney movie, so you could probably guess how the story will play out. Continue reading “Sympathy for the bad guy – Wreck It Ralph thoughts”