Thrill to the excitement and horror of these Atari 2600 offerings!
I believe that the Texas Chainsaw Massacre cartridge was the first game where you took on the role of a villain. I have never played either Halloween or the T.C.M. but I do remember very vividly a news report on our local channel 5 showing cashiers at Wal-Mart taking these games off the shelves and sending them back.
"Nelson is an avid golfer and apparently enjoys practicing the sport even when he's indoors. "He is addicted to Wii golf," Raphael said of the Nintendo video game, where players can imitate the motions of playing golf with their game controllers. "We may need an intervention soon," he said, laughing."
Not content with their highly popular Marvel vs Capcom series of fighting games, Capcom has decided to induct the Tatsunoko animated roster as well. Now the gamers of the world can thrill to questions such as who would win in a fight between Ryu and Mark/Ken the Eagle from Battle of the Planets/G-Force.
The character I am most interested in playing is the man that is situated just to the upper right of Ryu's head...that's Frank West from Dead Rising. I can only assume that his 'assist' in the game will come in the form of zombies.
On the Super Nintendo there was only one racing game that I cared to play...ever. That was Silicon and Synapse's Rock N' Roll Racing. An intergalactic group of rebels and scoundrels who gather to race planet by planet for large sums of cash sounded like a good time to me. In fact I loved this game so much that I downloaded the ROM for my first laptop and played it pretty frequently at my job as cashier for a five-star restaurant. Thankfully I was pretty much left alone at my job.
Rock N' Roll Racing isn't so much about the racing...it's more concerned with the absolute fragging of any vehicle that dares to swerve in front of you. Of course the point of hoarding that hard earned cash was to buy the necessary upgrades to your vehicle, the standard stuff like tires, shock support, engines, missiles, mine drops, slip sauce, and most importantly shielding. You know...just like the care we have to give our vehicles today.
Another little bit of awesome with the game was the soundtrack, I mean how can it be called Rock N' Roll Racing if it doesn't have rock and roll, right? You were treated to Midi versions of:
The Peter Gunn theme by Henry Mancini Born to Be Wild by Steppenwolf Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood Highway Star by Deep Purple Paranoid by Black Sabbath
Apparently they included Radar Love by Golden Earring for the Sega Mega Drive version. The most important bit of information is that Silicon and Synapse became a little known company now called Blizzard Entertainment. I think they have a game people play called World of Warcraft or something like that. Nothing to popular I assume.
Well, probably not in the Chicago Expo center engaging in video arcade combat for the top prize of $50,000. I vaguely remember the announcement of this, might have been on the CBS Evening News, can't be certain though.
What is certain is that the gamers of the time were not ready for such a challenge. The total number of players that showed up for the event was a measely 250 while the city and Atari were expecting upwards of 10-15,000 players. Ouch.
So...in Japan if you played the 2007 Dead or Alive arcade game you could have won one of these three coffee mugs...that are advertised as having 3-D...bumps...on the mugs. The world is such a very strange place.
These are some pics of a new game scheduled to release next month entitled Dark Void. The storyline is pretty much guarranted to make me giddy. "You play the part of William Grey, a cargo pilot in 1938 who has the unfortunate luck to crash in the Bermuda Triangle, where he is teleported to a parallel universe where he encounters other humans, called Survivors. Together, Will and the survivors must battle an alien race known as the Watchers to return to Earth. The Watchers came from afar, making humans do their bidding, whilst being treated as gods. Eventually people known as Adepts emerged and banished the Watchers to the realm in which our pilot is trapped. With the help of Nikola Tesla, they retrofit watcher technology and fight the watchers."
It also appears that you could win a car called the Tesla.
I must say I hadn't realized the Parker Brothers version of Frogger was not an 'Official' version for the Atari 2600, not sure why Sega felt they needed to put out another version but I can only assume it had to do with money.
I would really like to have been a fly on the wall for the meeting to decide the name of the last title pictured above.
"How about Seaquest?" "Nah, it's already taken and so is Seahunt, Seastalker, and Sidney's Safari Submerged beneath the Sea!" "How about we let the kids make up their own name for the game? "Brilliant! Mark yourself for a raise, we'll call it Name This Game."