CES 2010 Breaking News: Microsoft Announces "Microsoft Game Room" for Xbox 360 and PC with tons of Classic Gaming Goodness!

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Microsoft Game Room ImageMicrosoft Game Room ImageAccording to a Microsoft Press Release and confirmed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft will be releasing something called the "Microsoft Game Room" some time this spring, and, within three years, will see the release of over 1000 classic videogame titles, including arcade, Atari and Mattel Intellivision games, the latter of which was confirmed by Facebook friend Keith Robinson of Blue Sky Rangers fame as one of the available launch systems (other systems TBC). Apparently this area will be avatar-based, where your Xbox avatar will roam an arcade-like setting to find and play games (a bit like Sony's Home on PS3). There's a two-tier price structure, with one being an outright purchase of the game in question, and the other being a low cost, single play option, just like putting a quarter in an arcade machine in the days of old. We'll keep you posted as more news develops, but this is great news for those of us - like the readers of Armchair Arcade - who are passionate about classic gaming. The more love the current three consoles give (and each already has given a lot) to gaming's past, the better it is for all us as gamers, particularly since it looks like this is going to be a long generation with the big three. It's unclear how this will work with the PC as of this writing, but the fact that PC gamers are being invited to the party just makes it all the better, as well as the fact that owning it on one gives you access to it on the other.

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Mark Vergeer
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creep factor...
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I like the fact that there will be a PC version of this. If Microsoft would port "Fight Night" to the PC, then between that and Microsoft Game Room, I'd really have no incentive at all to purchase an XBox 360. I was going to purchase the XBox360 just for Fight Night, but I thought "why clutter up my house for just one game?"

I wonder how this will affect the emulation scene? If Microsoft is going to start selling these games that are widely available in emulation, I wonder if they are going to use their mighty clout to try to restrict access to these emulated games?
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Worst case scenario? Let's not forget the 'creep factor' here....
Emulation sites will start to be targeted with a bigger vigour than ever before, perhaps even the authors of open source emulators will receive some hassle. It makes me wonder though as Microsoft will probably have taken a close look at Mame and Mess when they made 'gameroom'....

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Chris Kennedy
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Hmm

I like the idea of an arcade where avatars can wander around and play games, but I still feel the double dip even thirty years out - why would I spend the money to buy the same games I already own for the 2600/Intellivision, etc? Purchasing the arcade versions would make more sense.

So then the argument would be "so that you could play them with friends." I suppose that is a possibility. Oh wait...except they DON'T have multiplayer for this thing. Combat? Archon? Nope. You gotta simply play for high scores.

Games are $3 for either Xbox Live or Windows, but you can pay $5 each and have the rights to play them on either PC and the 360. That's probably worth something...

You don't need a gold membership to play? That is surprising. I was going to make a case about still needing to pay for an Xbox Live subscription, but it looks like you don't have to do that. Interesting...

"Other players can visit your arcade, and they'll earn free play tokens based on how many games you have. They can also demo any game once, or can pay 40 Xbox Live points (50 cents) for extra plays." Visiting arcades sounds cool...heh heh. Honestly, it sounds like if ONE person here had an arcade, anyone could jump in. That's neat. I certainly wouldn't mind trying Bill's arcade on my Xbox 360 (a system I never use) if it won't cost me anything.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/186389/microsofts_game_room_the_arcade_re...

Hmm. So after writing a bit and reading through that, this sounds kinda interesting...hahaha.

But wait...you still have to buy the application itself...?

And isn't something like this already available in Playstation's home? I checked Home out when it was in beta and never looked back. Perhaps it is better now? I don't know.

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Bill Loguidice
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Chris Kennedy wrote:

And isn't something like this already available in Playstation's home? I checked Home out when it was in beta and never looked back. Perhaps it is better now? I don't know.

There is something like it, but it's not quite the same. I believe there's an arcade, but it's a small shared public arcade and you have to wait in a virtual line (or more specifically you watch your avatar wait in a virtual line) until the person or persons in front of you finishes. They considered that a feature to make it closer to reality. Hopefully Sony saw the error of their ways with that, because that is perhaps the stupidest idea I ever heard of in my life. If I want to wait my turn to play a game, I'll go to a Chuck E. Cheese's or Dave & Busters, you know, in real life!

With that said, I still personally need to experience Home. It has great potential, but the first implementation was not worth trying.

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Mark Vergeer
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cross platform...

The fact that we could actually challenge Matt Baron on this platform with him playing on his pc and Bill and I on our 360 or PC will be glorious. We could kick some serious butt here!

What I don't understand is why have this 'next' to the old Live Arcade games and why not update the existing live arcade games and have them integrated into the new game-room environment? Any word on the older live arcade games?

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Harmik
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Intellivision

He mentioned Intellivision more than once, I have gotten the Intellivision Lives and Intellivision Rocks DVDs more than once as I have given them away as gifts. If the emulation is more accurate than those then Keith will be getting more money from me which is a good thing. But the whole thing sound like it could be pretty cool if done right.

I also like the idea of original arcade cabinet art and that its not a supposed enhanced version of the game.

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