Take a Trip Back to Gaming’s Golden Age!
Being a child of the 70s and 80s I had fond memories of arcades and the early video game console scene. I think that is one of the main reasons I am very excited for the Xbox 360 launch of Game Room tomorrow.
Growing up in a rural environment my visits to arcades and opportunities to play video or pinball games were few and far between. Each time that I had an opportunity and a spare quarter (which when you are a kid can be sparingly at best) I could be found plugging it into some arcade cabinet and getting minutes or (and depending the game) seconds of satisfaction! I cherished these moments, often going to extreme measures and great distances to even have a moment to cherish, but these early days of gaming formed my love of gaming that is stronger than ever over thirty years after the fact.
So the games of my yesteryear will be front and foremost with Microsoft’s newest gaming platform, the Game Room. I am excited to once again experience favourites from my past, or to try games that I always wanted to for the first time. Some gamers and pundits have been sour on this initiative saying that it is too expensive for old games. I say the present 240 point per game price tag is very acceptable for a game experience, considering the additional work and features that they have built around these games.
Tomorrow after work you will find me hanging out in SUPERGHOST’s arcade. While it may not be overly impressive day one, you can expect it to be the place to be as time goes on. Make sure your joystick wrist is in good shape because the challenges for old school gaming supremacy starts tomorrow! You can put your initials on that!