The time has come. Back from the grave that was Pokemon Stadium comes Pokken Tournament, a game that matches the world of Pocket Monsters with the classic fighting game Tekken. It’s not the same as Marvel VS Capcom, but it’s not entirely different, either. Nintendo is out for punches!
In an effort to get Xbox Live users to play more of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade games, the company will be launching a new "Play To Earn" rewards system on Xbox Live on April 1 that will reward gamers with free items and Microsoft Points in exchange for playing XBLA games. The new program is only available to Xbox Live Reward members, so if you aren't a member, get signed up now to take advantage of the new rewards.
Sony has announced PS Vita users are getting PlayStation Home Arcade today, a new app for their portable gaming beast. PlayStation Home Arcade is basically what it sounds like - an app that allows you to buy and play classic arcade titles. There will also be a handful of newer titles on offer, and Sony is giving away some free games to celebrate the launch of PlayStation Home Arcade.
The $35 Raspberry Pi hobby board is one of the most innovative pieces of circuitry that we've seen yet. It's so simple and cheap, yet it leads to thousands of hackers and modders cooking up their own concoctions of circuitry brilliance. One modder in particular, Sprite_tm, recently made a pocket-size MAME cabinet out of a Raspberry Pi and a few other pieces of circuitry.
As the Penny Arcade Expo continues to grow exponentially each time it takes place in a collection of hot arenas throughout the USA, PAX Australia 2013 was announced on the first day of the iteration known as PAX Prime 2012. It was announced during a question and answer session held by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the original authors of the Penny Arcade web-based media beast. This convention takes everything that is the webcomic and column of Penny Arcade and places it in the real world with not just real-world video games, but nerd rappers, developers, and games of all times as well.
It's finally time for one of the most epic fighting games ever to grace the halls of the console era to make its way to the mobile platform - Street Fighter IV HD will be appearing on Android devices inside 2012 courtesy of a special introduction contest held by Capcom and LG. What this introduction will consist of is a Global Championship for ultimate fighting supremacy played on the same in question and on the Google mobile operating system in the form of the AT&T carried LG Nitro HD inside the USA and the LG Optimus LTE in Japan and Korea. Will you enter the fight and see yourself murdering the competition for fame and fortune come January?
If you were an old school gamer, I would wager that back in the day you spent many a quarter playing Asteroids at the arcade. A company we have talked about in the past called Tobii has a new game that reminds me of the classic Asteroids game that is called Tobii EyeAsteroids. Tobii has in the past offered up a laptop that can be controlled by the eyes only. It has also shown off a computer accessory called PCEye that adds eye tracking to your monitor.
Joy un-2 the new year! We're getting Ms. Splosion Man earlier than we expected! This game which we've scantly spoken of since back in December was originally slated for sometime in the Fall of 2011. Now we've got word that it's coming out in July - what a winner! This game, as it was originally noted to be, will come out on Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade and is the direct sequel to the 2009 classic Splosion Man - get ready to Splode!
I have heard of some strange laws on the books in many towns around the country that have been there for years and just haven't been removed. A little town in Massachusetts called Marshfield has had a law on the books that bans any coin operated arcade game for 29 years. It would have been a much bigger deal back in the 80's than it is today. Apparently, home video games are fine in the town.
Here's a neat little accessory to turn your Apple iPad into a retro mini arcade machine. Ion Audio first showed off this iPad arcade cabinet called the iCade at CES earlier this year but had not confirmed a date of availability. Today, the accessory just passed through the FCC signaling an on time launch for May 31. Watch the video demo after the cut.