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Review: Kickin' it old school with 'Midway Arcade Origins'

'Midway Arcade Origins' is available now for XBOX

(Credit: Backbone Entertainment)

"...a terrific port that keeps the retro flame burning bright."  - Warp Pipe

In the 1980s, arcade cabinets stood proudly side-by-side in dark rooms, collectively chirping out digital soundtracks and static noise like a bird's nest of newborns calling for their first meal of the day. On their menu was our quarters, and at arcades across the country those coins were spent as pockets...

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'Spy Hunter' rebooted on handhelds

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the Nintendo 3DS

(Credit: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

In the 1980s, arcades across the country were the place to be for gamers.

Those wooden decalled cabinets emanating light onto widened eyes are images still embedded in my mind. One game many will remember was the popular "Spy Hunter". Although many arcade rooms have closed their doors, the digital highways offer more adventure for gamers reprising their role of "The Agent".


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Don't run, fly in 'Hybrid' on Xbox Live

"Hybrid" was developed by 5th Cell and is

(Credit: 5th Cell)

Developer 5th Cell surprised the gaming world with a brand-new third-person shooter concept nearly a year ago, and now their vision is available exclusively on Xbox Live as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. The digital download costs 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), but does "Hybrid" have enough game life for gamers to pull the trigger for purchase?

The new approach "Hybrid"...

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Big Buck HD preview in Manhattan

Big Buck is releasing the first-ever, high-definition arcade

(Credit: Vincent Balestriere)

Big Buck is releasing the first-ever, high-definition arcade game, "Big Buck HD," and Warp Pipe had a chance to fire off a few rounds in New York City for a preview.  It didn't hurt to receive advice from some of the fifth annual Big Buck World Championships contenders either.  

Check out this video from the event and let us know if you're itching to use your trigger fingers...

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Comic Con: Street Fighter X Tekken gets March release

Street Fighter X Tekken

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Street Fighter X Tekken producer Yoshinori Ono revealed that the much anticipated game now has a March 6 release date.

Ono also talked about a "Gem System," a power-up system that allows gamers to customize the styles of their fighters. You'll be able to give Tekken's Heihachi the ability to do a Street Fighter Hadouken or give Dhalsim the rolling splash move of Marduk.


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Torchlight comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Torchlight for XBox available on XBox Live Arcade


If you're like me and love MMORPGs like World of Warcraft but just don’t have the time to contribute, you are in luck. Torchlight is a similar, play-at-your-own-pace, single-player game that can be compared to WOW. Runic Games developed Torchlight for the PC, but now console gamers can get in on the action.

Right from the start you’ll see a lot of nuances that make one think this...

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Arcade tables for the 21st century

Arcade Tables. (Undated)

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If you're in the market for a funky looking cocktail table and also happen to like old-school games, look no further than the Arcade Table.

Made by an Australian company, the Arcade Table, can play  more than 60 classic games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Galaga.

The tables are available in a variety of styles, but they are all built with LCD screens, two high-quality dual...

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