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How to play Apple Arcade’s newest 6 games as it reaches 100

How to play Apple Arcade’s newest 6 games as it reaches 100

Today Apple Arcade reached its first major milestone with a total of 100 playable game titles. The list includes several oddities and/or otherwise decent-looking games. Some are the sort you might never have seen if you'd not acquired an Apple Arcade subscription in the first place - imagine that!

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9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

9 games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Yesterday, The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York announced its four inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame for 2019. Those four games are Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Microsoft Solitaire, and Colossal Cave Adventure. Those games managed to beat out some serious competition in the round of 12 finalists, including Candy Crush Saga and Half-Life, which got us thinking about other games that deserve a spot in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair hands-on: Gloriously Excessive

The Acer Predator Thronos Gaming Chair is something out of a sci-fi movie - or perhaps your wildest at-home arcade dreams. It's like I'm one of the Sovereign from Marvel Comics - in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, where they remotely control spaceships from their super-advanced full-sized consoles. Or one of those kids in the movie TOYS, controlling war machines from the comfort of their own gaming chairs - or something like that. In any case, this is pretty awesome.

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NEOGEO mini celebrates SNK’s 40 years with 40 classic games

NEOGEO mini celebrates SNK’s 40 years with 40 classic games

There are two trends that seem to still be going strong in the gaming market: nostalgia and miniaturization. The unsurprising success of the NES mini, followed by the SNES mini, has undoubtedly given console and arcade cabinet makers of old some confidence that their loyal fans not only still exist but are also very willing to throw some cash in the name of nostalgia and history. Japanese game company SNK is definitely hoping so. To celebrate the company's 40th anniversary, it is announcing a shrunken down version of its NEOGEO (Neo Geo) arcade cabinet called, what else, the NEOGEO mini.

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Donkey Kong king Billy Mitchell says he didn’t cheat

Donkey Kong king Billy Mitchell says he didn’t cheat

It's been an interesting week for the classic gaming scene. Last week, Twin Galaxies announced that it would strike Billy Mitchell's high scores in games like Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Pac-Man from its leaderboards and ban him from submitting new scores after other Twin Galaxies members disputed them. It's a decision that certainly wasn't made lightly, as Billy Mitchell is probably the most famous face in retro gaming and has been deeply involved with Twin Galaxies since its founding in the 1980s.

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Billy Mitchell stripped of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man high score records & Guinness title

Billy Mitchell stripped of Donkey Kong, Pac-Man high score records & Guinness title

The name Billy Mitchell is likely familiar to the subset of gamers interested in classic arcade games or those who high score world records. For a number of years now, Mitchell has held the record for the highest scores in Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong Jr, earning him the nickname "King of Kong," also the title of a 2007 documentary about his feats. Sadly, he has been stripped of all his high score titles, and in turn his Guinness World Records, after an investigation determined his scores weren't genuine.

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Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Internet Archive’s Arcade now adding “hundreds” of new games

Emulated games from the otherwise-lost history of video games are coming to the Internet Archive. The original Internet Arcade project was started all the way back on August 6th of 2014, but only this year really blew up to its current size. In fact, the most massive portion of games in the archive now were just added this week - and will continue over the next few days!

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Steam Engine Arcade cabinet cheats with a Steam Link

Steam Engine Arcade cabinet cheats with a Steam Link

There is no shortage of DIY arcade cabinets, many of them running off something like a Raspberry Pi or at least some older, unused PC. While interesting projects, they suffer from one thing: they are limited by the power of the computer running inside. And once built, those arcades usually aren’t upgradable. That’s what makes Inferno156’s Steam Engine Arcade a bit ingenious. By using a Steam Link, he can have a nice looking and pretty barebones arcade cabinet, while the real work happens elsewhere in the house.

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Cary42 turns an arcade cabinet into a wooden briefcase

Cary42 turns an arcade cabinet into a wooden briefcase

In an ideal world, gamers would love to have their non-handheld games with them anywhere and everywhere. That is why consoles like the Nintendo Switch and mods like the XBOOK and XSTATION are such a hit. But what if you’re more of the old school, button-smashing, stick flicking type of gamer? Surely you can’t cram an arcade cabinet for two into a portable form, right? Wrong! At least not if you ask craft shop Love Hulten, who has just made the Cary42 for that exact purpose.

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8Bitdo NES30 arcade stick works on Android, Nintendo Switch

8Bitdo NES30 arcade stick works on Android, Nintendo Switch

Fighting games have been around since the earliest days of the arcade and have invade anything from PCs to mobile phones. But despite their ubiquity, such games are still best played on the machine that gave birth to them. Or at least something close to it. Even with pushy buttons, nothing beats the intense feeling of nearly destroying an arcade stick and mashing buttons. Well now you can have all that, take it with you where you go, and even make it work with your equally portable Nintendo Switch, thanks to the new 8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Stick.

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This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

This arcade cabinet fits in your palm, runs Pac-Man and Donkey Kong

When most people think of an arcade game cabinet, they think of units measuring six-feet tall. Sure, we've seen home-friendly devices in the past that use an iPad as the display, but Adafruit's latest creation takes the idea of shrinking things down to a whole new level. The DIY Raspberry Pi Zero wizards have put together a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) cabinet that measures less than 3 inches tall, uses a 0.96-inch RGB OLED display, and is still fully playable.

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Curvy, retro arcade gaming cabinet is all ’70s class

Curvy, retro arcade gaming cabinet is all ’70s class

Being a child of the '80s, I spent plenty of time around the stuff that made it from the '70s at friends and families homes. It seems to me that the hallmark of '70s design was curved wood and plastic. A sweet retro gaming cabinet from 8bitdo looks exactly like it came from the '70s only the graphics on the video games it contains are much cooler than most of what we had in the late '70s and '80s.

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