Atari’s critically acclaimed Area 51 still stands today as an arcade hit. Development started on the classic light gun game when Atari really needed a breakthrough after a series of failing games and losing staff to their rival – Electronic Arts (EA). The company reached out to 3rd party developers to help create Area 51, which went on to sell over 20,000 arcade cabinets whilst being ported to multiple consoles.
Virtua Fighter is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, introducing 3D Polygon graphics to the gaming industry. Alike many of the other popular fighting games of the 90s, the player could choose between 8 playable characters who had their own individual yet distinctive moves and fighting style.
PlayStation VR is Sony’s contribution to the growing VR market, which currently consists of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. What differentiates the PSVR from the others is that it runs via the PlayStation 4 rather than a very powerful computer, making it a more affordable headset to consumers.
The PlayStation Vita (PS Vita, Vita) is the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and Sony’s most recent handheld to date. In its market the system competes against the likes of the 3DS, though both companies have suggested they do not consider themselves to be. It is estimated that around 10 million units sold (by the end of 2015).
Capcom’s 1942 was their breakthrough game, spawning a series of five other games. The game is set during World War II over Asia. The player controls a plane that must aim to reach Tokyo to beat the Japanese fleet. The vertical-scrolling game allows the player to control the plane by moving across the screen to avoid enemies, and also being able to vertically loop down. The enemy fleet attack in Kawasaki Ki-61s, Mitsubishi A6M Zeros and Kawasaki Ki-48 planes, and the boss plane is a Nakajima 68N. The popularity of the simplistic game is shown as it was number 1 on Euromax’s UK Arcade Chart in 1987. Continue reading →
The Atari Jaguar was the 6th, and last, home console developed by Atari. The console was marketed as the first 64-bit system (though really only ran off two 32-bit processors to emulate a 64-bit display).
Virtual Reality (VR) has been discussed pretty much from the dawn of technology and the popularisation of using it in our daily lives. More and more in today’s culture we are seeing VR influence our lives and invade the video game market, finally being widely available to the public only in the past year or so.
The Magnavox Odyssey, although not being a major success, still stands at the world’s first commercial home video games console. It was originally designed and created by Ralph Baer, who has since received a ‘National Medal of Technology’ for his work on this system. After development and work started in 1966, the console was first released in America in September 1972, and further distributed worldwide only a year later. Continue reading →
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