Arcade games

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A beautifully preserved slice of video game history – Toaplan Arcade Shoot ‘Em Up Collection Vol 1 review
Four games from a cult 1980s shoot-em-up developer – from Zero Wing to Truxton – show the value of game preservation

Keith Stuart

14, Feb, 2023 @12:04 PM

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Game over: UK arcades face closure threat as energy bills soar by 1,000%
Some operators weigh up weekend-only opening as soaring energy prices remain stubbornly high

Joe Middleton

13, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Infinite lives: the company saving old arcade machines
For a generation of players, these colourful cabinets house not just ailing electronics, but formative memories. Meet the people who save them from landfill

Keith Stuart

07, Dec, 2022 @10:51 AM

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Pushing Buttons: the viral music game that revived my teenage obsession
This ridiculous Trombone Champ is an encore to all of the wild rhythm games I grew up on – and a fitting return for a forgotten genre

Keza MacDonald

27, Sep, 2022 @10:58 AM

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When life gives you lemons, video games can be the escape we need
Dominik Diamond hasn’t had the best month – but scampering around in a virtual world full of robot dinosaurs has at least given him a break

Dominik Diamond

19, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Windjammers 2 review – resuscitated sports game brings back joy of the arcade
With its special combos and metres, this frenetic and summery Air Hockey-style game has more in common with Street Fighter than with other sports games

Nic Reuben

03, Feb, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Experience: I’m the best Tetris player in the world
I’m only 13, but my brother and I both qualified for the World Championships. In the final it was just us, facing off for the title

Michael Artiaga

05, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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‘My housemates and I are addicted’: 15 video games perfect for lockdown brain
Guardian Australia staff – and their children! – recommend games they’ve turned to for joy, diversion and much-needed escapism

Michael McGowan, Josh Taylor, Matilda Boseley, Josh Nicholas, Isaac Keneally, Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun, Nick Evershed, Ben Smee, Bertin Huynh, Karishma Luthria, Joe Koning, Miles Martignoni, Ang Nettle-Smythe and Patrick Lum

01, Oct, 2021 @8:00 PM

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The 15 greatest video games of the 80s – ranked!
Button-bashing arcade sports vied with the thrill of urban planning, Pac-Man ate up everything, and Super Mario Bros smashed gaming into the mainstream

Keith Stuart

27, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Capcom Arcade Stadium review – recapture the magic
A bundle of 32 retro games offers classic Street Fighter action, ghostly quests, air battles – with the added bonus of not having to stop when your pocket money runs out

Keith Stuart

26, May, 2021 @11:59 AM

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The 15 greatest video games of the 70s – ranked!
From the simplicity of Pong’s two bats and a ball to Space Invaders’ advancing ranks of aliens, the 70s saw the rise of a phenomenon that mesmerised the world

Keith Stuart

13, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The claw machine is not a cool hobby. But I love it | Farz Edraki
Ocean swimming and tennis are acceptable summer pastimes – spending time in a dark arcade in the middle of the day is not

Farz Edraki

26, Feb, 2021 @2:00 AM

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