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Midway Offers Free Online Arcade Games--Satan's Hollow, Sinistar, Robotron, and more!

I have some info that's sure to please many folks here at Armchair Arcade: Midway is offering ten classic games playable for free right in your browser. These conversions use Macromedia Shockwave to very good effect--there's even support for joysticks.

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The Search for Retrogaming Booty

Commodore 128: Would you buy this for $20?Commodore 128: Would you buy this for $20?Arikhan of Destructoid has a fun post up about why he enjoys retrogaming. Most of his reasons seem centered on the rather dismal situation of his pocketbook, though he cites other factors as well--more original music, a calming look to the 8-bit graphics, and simpler controls. Normally, something like this wouldn't be very interesting, but he adds one dimension that I hadn't thought of before (but now realize is one of the reasons I enjoy retrogaming): The Hunt. How much of your devotion to retrogaming stems from scavenging in dusty bargain bins and used game shops--not to mention classifieds and ebay--for treasures?

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Free Multiplayer Asteroids Online!

Asteroids--Well, SortaAsteroids--Well, SortaHoly Asteroids! Head over to cogames right now to play Multiplayer Asteroids! Yes! It's about time folks starting exploiting the multiplayer potential of Flash games (Perhaps I will set my sights on this kind of niche soon). I couldn't manage to survive more than a few minutes with this game, but thankfully, respawning is fast and easy.

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Retrogaming and Beyond on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Author and Screenshots: Mark J.P. Vergeer
Editing: Cecil Casey, Mathew Tschirgi and Bill Loguidice
Online Layout: Cecil Casey and David Torre

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Pinball Warriors vs. Space Invaders

Retroblast has a neat post up about a video called Pinball Warriors vs. Space Invaders. It's an old British animation that pits some city-destroying Space Invaders against a cartoon crowd of pinball heroes. I'm getting this must have been very early 80s (if not late 70s).

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"You're Not Worthy": A History of Over-the-Top Game Ads

Infocom's Brain Ad: But Mom, I asked for King's Quest!Infocom's Brain Ad: But Mom, I asked for King's Quest!Gamesetwatch is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs, if for no other reason than they consistently post great stuff like Game Ads A-Go-Go: Visual Hyperbole, a look at silly game ads that put the hype in hyperbole. What I want to know is why videogames are so prone to over-hyping. Unfortunately, the hype works like a feedback loop, so that every new product has to up the ante with even more hype. The new Madden game? Oh, I guess it's probably even more realistic than actually being on the field...At least Nintendo had the sense to scale down the "Revolution" and go with something a wii bit more sensible.

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Videotopia and Videogame Addiction

Wow! Looks like we hit the motherload today with tons of fresh content that's eminently worthwile. It all starts with Coin-Op TV's interview with Jeff Anderson, curator of the fabulous Videotopia traveling museum exhibit dedicated to videogames. Jeff's an awesome dude! I know you'll be surprised to discover the exhibit's most popular vintage game (hint, it's not Pacman or Pong!). Also on the queue is this absolutely hilarious "vintage" SNL skit about videogame addiction I found on Kotaku this morning (see YouTube clip beneath the fold!). I almost fell out of my chair laughing! Oh, and don't forget to peek at the new Bomberman.

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Alan Kotok, Computer Gaming Pioneer, Dies at 64

Alan Kotok, computer game pioneer and contributor to the early computer game SpaceWar!, died today of a heart attack at the age of 64. Though Kotok didn't contribute any code directly to Steve Russell's all-important computer game, he did help out with the critical sine and cosine functions necessary for the game's mechanics. You can read a bit about Kotok at Wikipedia and ZDnet.

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Original Super Mario Bros. in 3D!

Super Mario Bros 2.5D: It's got depth!Super Mario Bros 2.5D: It's got depth!Here's some jaw-dropping news for those of us who dig Super Mario Bros: "Nickmade Games" has remade the NES classic in 2.5 dimensions, and, as you can see, they did a sweet job. Grab the game here and let us know what you think! You can read more about this game at Opposable Thumbs. Don't forget to use the arrow keys for movement and the WASD for camera control.
Description: Super Mario Bros 2.5D is a remake of the classic, Super Mario Bros… in 3D. How can you remake a 2D game in 3D? Add depth! Defeat enemies as Mario in a whole new way with 3D views and 3D graphics!”
Filename: SuperMarioBros2.5d.zip

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A USB Powerglove?

FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?FourScore: USB-retrofitted NES FourScore gameport extender. Where else will you find one?How'd you like to have a USB Powerglove? Now's your chance. Retrozone is offering a whole slew of USB-fitted retro NES gear, including the NES PowerPad and even the Advantage. Of course, you can also get the classic controller or a retrokit to adapt your own NES controller. Looks like vital necessities for the serious NES emulator. Link via Gizmodo.

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