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POSTED 22/11/12


MIDWAY ARCADE ORIGINS

WB Games

PS3 (also on Xbox 360)

Big money! Big prizes! I love it!

So, Smash TV (plus 30 other arcade relics) lives. Many younger types may wonder what the fuss is all about. Well, we’ll tell you...

Without this bunch of hits – and admittedly some misses - things may not be so gamificationally cushy for you bumfluff-endowed whippersnappers. You see, these 31 artefacts of gaming past include some of the more influential things that got gaming from A to whatever the fuck letter it’s at now.

Yes, there’s the shootastic Smash TV, which we’ll happily play forever. But that’s a descendant of Robotron 2084, which is also here. Then there’s the shmup many still worship, Defender, plus its sequel. Utilising more buttons in its time than many ventures now, it had style, it had grace, and caused more swearing to spew forth from the dingy confines of local arcades than those scammed in drug deals that went down in other dingy confines within the very same establishments. Ah, memories. A quick shout out to Russell Street.

Basically, classics from Midway, Williams and Atari feature in this emulationary package. They all save high scores, they all spew forth trophies if you play the arcade mode rather than softcock fiddle-and-give-yourself-oodles-of-lives mode, and they all look pretty schmick, considering – although the lack of a scanlines option for more genuine arcadegasmicness is a super-major bummer.

Some key titles are missing – notably Klax, Paperboy and RoadBlasters - but seriously influential stuff like Gauntlet and its sequel, Joust and its sequel, Spy Hunter and its (shit) sequel and Xybots with no sequel bump uglies with fun stuff from Bubbles to Rampage, Rampart to APB and 720° to Tapper.

Even if you never jammed 20c into a machine at Timezone, it’s essential to check out 31 bits of what started everything, especially at this price. Yep, we’d buy this for $40!

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