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May the Force Be With You in Video Games

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May the Force Be With You.

On this fourth of May, 2016, the fan-dubbed Star Wars day had me thinking all things Jedi and lightsabers. I’d venture to guess most gamers have likely seen all of the movies and know a think or two about the Force and what have you. The blending of interest between the sci-fi film genre and video games makes a lot of sense, so I’d also guess a lot of gamers who’ve seen the films may have dabbled in a few Star Wars video games as well. When discussing with a coworker today I discovered I’ve actually played a good amount of Star Wars video games! More than I had actually thought, actually! And you probably have too! I started thinking about all the games I’ve played in the Star Wars universe, and decided to reminiscence with you all! Here are my favorite Star Wars video games from decades past!
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Posted by on 05/04/2016 in Randomness

 

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A Day of Arcade Games at California Extreme 2015

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Captain America and the Avengers

In the middle of the summer, in the middle of California, in the middle of a draught, a small gathering of gamers come together for the greatest classic arcade convention on the west coast.

California Extreme.

In this, my third year of attendance, I played conquered more games than past years, played more pinball than ever before in my collected lifetime, and discovered some unique and fun games I’d never heard of before. If you fancy yourself a classic/retro arcade game fan, and you live close to Santa Clara, California or can make the trip, I highly recommend checking out this little convention. Here’s a link to the show’s page, so you can plan for next year’s visit.

This year’s show was extra special to me because my brother Phil and I were able to secure a special surprise birthday present for our eldest brother: a plane ticket and pass to this year’s show! Seeing as he’s the one among us who appreciates arcade games and (especially) pinball machines most, we owed it to him to make sure he was here to check out the show. And certainly, he was impressed.

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Hercules Pinball

Pinball and classic arcade games all set to free play as far as the eye can see. Enthusiastic old game fans lining up to play their childhood favorites like Ms. Pac-Man and RobotronExcited gamers trying out Gauntlet and Street Fighter II for the very first time. Arcade kings reminiscing about the good ol’ days of classic style pinball machines compared to their new-fangled and flashy counterparts. Young kids discovering how their parents entertained themselves in an age without the internet or portable gaming systems. A magical haven of nerd culture and discovery. And a kind of funky smell.

What would an arcade convention be without some great games? This year was absolutely no exception, with some new additions and returning favorites to make me and many others nostalgic and happy. X-Men Arcade and Captain America and the Avengers were two new games this year that I was pleased to sink an hour into and see through to the end. Midway game Cosmo Gang was constantly entertaining guests from young kids to eager adults. New and improved Killer Queen had a fully dedicated space to play the 5-on-5 multiplayer romp, with new levels and playable class. Dozens of pinball machines ranging from licensed machines like Metallica and Superman to the old classics with wooden cabinets and a Hercules machine that was easily the size of two machines combined.

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Varkon Screen

Some new highlights for me were Tron Video Pinballwhich was an amalgamation of physical pinball flipper buttons to press and a video screen displaying all the action. Another spin on pinball was Varkon, which was a vertical pinball machine; the ball moved fast and you had to react even faster. Both were really fun and unique!

Night Stocker was this weird driving and shooting game: you had to steer a vehicle with one hand while shooting down enemies with a light gun in the other. Really challenging but really fun. Blaster was a vector graphics gem that had multiple stages and goals, ranging from shooting space vampires to rescuing floating spacemen, to navigating through a veritable maze of pillars and enemy ships. And while I’ve played and enjoyed both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. in the past, it wasn’t until this year that I really got to play Donkey Kong 3 and enjoy it. Uniquely different than the previous games but still a fun title!
In pinball land I got my hands on so many machines I was actually able to narrow down which pinball variant was my favorite: The fast and action packed games. Retro pinball games like Middle Earth (which has nothing to do with Hobbits) and The Hulk were fun and classic, but weren’t fast and flashy. Newer pinball machines like Super Mario Bros. and Terminator 2 were more fun but weren’t fast enough. Machines like Cyclonewhich were incredibly fast in pinball speed and really dynamic on the board, ended up being my favorites. I also enjoyed some of the more “experimental” machines, like the gigantic aforementioned Hercules machines, as well as the dual-flipper game Roller Disco.

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Tron Video Pinball Cabinet

And that’s just scratching the surface of what California Extreme had to offer. An entire room dedicated to smaller console games was available. If you thought you were skilled enough to win a tournament and take home a sweet trophy you could sing up. Heck, I didn’t even mention how there was an entire section (with a truly dedicated fanbase) of rhythm games like Pop’n Music and Dance Dance Revolution, or how I started playing the original House of the Dead and after making it to the third level before finally dying only to turn around and see a small crowd gathered around me like it was a decade ago at the bowling alley. Single player games, two player games, six player games, even ten player games were there, ensuring everyone met someone new and enjoyed a common interest all through the night.
Chalk up California Extreme 2015 as another huge success. With next year being the 20th anniversary of the show, I’m hoping it’ll be bigger and better than ever. Honestly though, they can (and probably will) do the same thing year after year and I’ll happily attend and get my nostalgic gaming fix. For the hundreds of gamers who enjoyed the show this year and can’t wait until next year, game on.


Laters,
Jsick

If you want to see all of my pictures from this year’s California Extreme, as well as a whole bunch of other arcade pictures and videos, check out my arcade-dedicated Tumblr blog by clicking here!

 
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Posted by on 07/27/2015 in Randomness

 

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So Many Arcades, So Little Time

Mario Kart Arcade GP Cabinet

This blog has been relatively quite as of late, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been holding back on anything! Over the past month, we visited a trio of arcades, some better than others, and I’ve been playing plenty of new games, even some time with Far Cry 4 on the PS4! But this post is all about arcades! There were just too many awesome games and great artwork to pass up. I wanted to share with you some of the coolest shots, and some of my favorite arcade games!

And don’t forget, if you want more arcade action, be sure to follow my tumblr blog aworldofgames.tumblr.com to get even more arcade game, tokens, tickets, and information!

The “Game Room” Arcade at San Jose’s Fanime Con 2015

Dance Dance Revolution Cabinet

Dance Dance Revolution

Punch Mania Cabinet

Punch Mania This game was pretty awesome! Punch the moving targets as fast as you can!

ParaPara Paradise 2nd Mix 1

ParaPara Paradise 2nd Mix

House of the Dead 2 Cabinet

The House of the Dead 2 Cabinet

House of the Dead 2 Marquee

The House of the Dead 2 Marquee

House of the Dead 2 Cabinet Art

The House of the Dead 2 Cabinet Art

Dave & Buster’s, Milpitas, CA

Star Wars Battle Pod Cabinet

Star Wars Battle Pod Cabinet

Star Wars Battle Pod Gameplay - Inside view

Star Wars Battle Pod Gameplay – Inside view

Kung Fu Panda: Dojo Mojo Controller - Very similar to Punch Mania

Kung Fu Panda: Dojo Mojo Controller – Very similar to Punch Mania

Let's Go Jungle Cabinet

Let’s Go Jungle Cabinet

Tank! Tank! Tank! Cabinet - A much better arcade game than Wii U game

Tank! Tank! Tank! Cabinet – A much better arcade game than Wii U game

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arcades

Burger Time Cabinet Art

Burger Time Cabinet Art

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara Characters

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows Over Mystara Characters

Jurassic Park Arcade Cabinet

Jurassic Park Arcade Cabinet

Justice League Heroes United - A game I've never seen before! Too bad it was awful!

Justice League Heroes United – A game I’ve never seen before! Too bad it was awful!

Lethal Enforcers II Cabinet Art

Lethal Enforcers II Cabinet Art

Marvel Super Heroes Controller Overlay Art

Marvel Super Heroes Controller Overlay Art

Off Road Cabinet Art

Off Road Cabinet Art

Panic Museum Marquee Art

Panic Museum Marquee Art  –  With Stephen Colbert as a playable character?

Percussion Master Cabinet

Percussion Master Cabinet

Star Wars Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Racer Arcade Cabinet

Star Wars Racer Arcade Cabinet

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Cabinet Art

Star Wars Trilogy Arcade Cabinet Art

Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz Cabinet

Super Monkey Ball Ticket Blitz Cabinet

Terminator 2 Cabinet Art

Terminator 2 Cabinet Art

The Simpsons Arcade Cabinet Art

The Simpsons Arcade Cabinet Art

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade Cabinet

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Arcade Cabinet

Virtua Fighter 2 Controller Overlay and Art

Virtua Fighter 2 Controller Overlay and Art

X-Men Arcade Cabinet Art

X-Men Arcade Cabinet Art

 
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Posted by on 07/13/2015 in Randomness

 

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Video Review: Die Hard Arcade

My first video using my Sega Saturn! Die Hard Arcade is such a fun game. It alone makes me happy to own the system! Now I want to play Dynamite Cop for the Dreamcast…

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 10/14/2014 in Saturn

 

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I’m on vacation, but here are some arcade pics!

I’m neck deep in a much-needed vacation back to Indiana to see my family, so I haven’t been too active here on Slick Gaming, which is kind of a downer coming off of my Three Year Anniversary post!

Street Fighter II Pinball 3

Regardless, I have been able to upload some pics to my Tumblr blog, A World of Games. Check it out here! There are lots of new pictures of rare and fun arcade games going up every day. Enjoy them, and I look forward to getting back into the regular blog-o-sphere soon!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 07/31/2014 in Randomness

 

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California Extreme 2014

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Last year I was content to leave all of the California Extreme related posts to my Tumblr, which focuses entirely on video arcades and memorabilia. Coincidentally you should check that out if you want to know more about arcade games! This year however, I’m going to grace you all with the retro-filled weekend that was California Extreme 2014. Plenty of great games were played, a lot of machines I otherwise wouldn’t have played in my life were dabbled with, and some games were completely beaten thanks to the wonderful Free Play setting. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 07/16/2014 in Randomness, Retro

 

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Worth Playing vol. 6: The Brawler Bunch

Double Dragon II ArtBrawlers, beat-em ups, side-scrollers (to an extent), and just plain arcade. Whatever you label the genre one thing is for sure: there are a ton of them out there!

Since I started playing video games on the NES there have been side-scrolling beat-em ups. My beginnings were with the Double Dragon series on the NES, which then evolved into the Genesis classics Golden Axe I and II. The love affair took off from there, with every generation producing unique and worthwhile entries in the genre. Though there has been a decline with the recent consoles, a spare brawler rises out of the ashes of nostalgia and captures my heart all over again. The following games aren’t in any sort of order. They’re all just games that are entirely worth your time.

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