Retina Burn – The Kindred Spirits of Robotron

You’re surrounded! Flanked on all sides by an aggressive, ever encroaching enemy force. No exits, no hiding places, nowhere else to run. Your death is expected, inevitable; At least put on a good show, will you? Robotron 2084 is a legendary game with unmistakable influence. It’s debut in 1982 was a watershed moment for game design, and paved the way for hundreds of derivatives. An unconventional control scheme made it stand out to arcade goers of the time, utilizing two joysticks during game play. The project was forged by Vid Kidz, A partnership between Eugene Jarvis and Larry Demar. Enjoying… [Continue Reading]

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Retina Burn – Galaga

In an industry saturated by Shoot ‘Em Ups, why does Namco’s Galaga stand the test of time?   Galaga is a a game that needs no introduction. Hot on the heels of Pac-Man and Galaxian, Namco was an arcade juggernaut: Retching quarters from the pockets of innocent children around the globe. While Americans got their first taste of the legendary Shoot ‘Em Up in 1981, my first experience with the game wasn’t until the new millennium. Almost twenty years ago, a greasy youth begged his parents for pocket change at the local Pizza-Parlor. “They’ve got video games here, dad!” My… [Continue Reading]

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