Posts Tagged ‘retro gaming’

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker now a collector’s item

June 26, 2009


Michael Jackson’s role as a musical pioneer is being examined at all levels today at the news of his passing. But what you may not know is Jackson was somewhat of a pioneer in the video game industry as well.

Moonwalker is a game where Michael Jackson uses magical dance movies to rescue young children from a mobster. It was released in 1990 and based on the movie of the same name. The game was co-developed by Jackson himself, which has to be among the earliest examples of a world-class star collaborating with developers on a video game. Jackson even went on to work with Sega again on the music/rythym game Space Channel 5

Jackson doesn’t walk across the screen in this beat-em-up, he dances and glides. His attacks are taken from his dance repertoire. When he does a dance kick, magical energy comes out of his foot, knocking down whoever is in the way. His special attack captivates his enemies with his moves and causes them to join Jackson in a choreographed dance number. Of course they can’t keep up with the Smooth Criminal, and dance to their deaths.

Micheal’s pet chimp, Bubbles, is even in the game as a powerup that transforms Jackson into a laser-toting robot.

Wow! Now that’s a game.

And as of this writing, copies of the game are being auctioned on Ebay and Amazon for up to $300. The actual arcade cabinet is also listed on Ebay for $1,500.


Punch Out: The Trailer

March 24, 2009

The people at Nintendo just released the first trailer for the Punch Out remake, and it looks AWESOME!

From what I understand they are also preserving the classic control scheme which should make it easy for everybody to reminisce about one of the best games of the 8-bit era. This is the first Wii game in a looooooooong time worth getting excited about.

Game covers aint what they used to be

March 5, 2009

The Atari 2600 was a little bit before my time, but I remember some of the covers from old Intellivision games as if through the haze of a dream.

In this interesting post, Brilliam dissects and compares some old game art to that of modern games. While the modern games have more bells and whistles, the older covers are more intriguing. They make you curious about a game the way today’s covers don’t.

Plus, game titles have come a long way to mundaneness too. The Earth Dies Screaming? That’s an AWESOME title.

Check it out here: » Blog Archive » The Stunning Art & Design of the Atari 2600.

How may I serve the Emperor?

February 23, 2009

To look on the bright side, if there is one, having a busted Xbox has forced me to explore the gaming offerings of my three-year-old laptop. As you can imagine it is not extensive. I can not play most new games, so I am forced to pull out old CDs or browse free online games.

So imagine my excitement when I found one of my favorite games from the 1990s, nay, one of my favorite games ever: Tie Fighter! After more than ten years away from the cockpit, I have triumphantly returned to dispatch some Rebel scum!

Tie Fighter

Tie Fighter

I remember logging in long hours with this space flight simulator game where you play as an Imperial pilot shooting down X-wings, Y-wings and even traitorous factions of Tie Fighters.

Usually nostalgia for games of yore is cut short when you actually replay them years later and realize how crappy the graphics or controls were compared to the highly polished games of today. I was a little worried that re-entering the cockpit of a Tie Fighter would mar my remembrance of one of my favorite games. Luckily that is not the case. The graphics are good enough for me, especially since I have the updated Windows 95 version. The controls are smooth and the space combat is fast-paced and thrilling. (more…)