Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Galaga

Happy Thursday Gamers! Today's throwback is the classic shooter, Galaga!

Galaga was developed by Namco in Japan and released to the United States in 1981. During the game, players control a spaceship set at the bottom of the screen. Aliens then arrive in formation and attack your ship by shooting or colliding into it. The stage ends once the player destroys all of of the enemy ships.

Galaga received critical praise upon it's release and has cemented its place in pop culture. Just a year after its release, it was already being seen in movies and comic books. (Its success even warranted the release of a sequel - Galaxian). Since then, it's been continually referenced in pop culture and you can even hear its sounds in one of Drake's songs.

Galaga has continued to be released for modern consoles including the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. We remember playing this game and still love it today. Welcome to the vault Galaga - you're definitely overdue!

Galaga for Xbox 360

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day!

To all of our US gamers: Happy Veterans Day! We just want to take an opportunity to say thank you to all of our Vets past, present and future. Be sure to thank a veteran today because #FreedomisntFree

To all of our Veterans and their family members, here's a list of the top deals and freebies in order to thank you for your service.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Game Review: COD: Advanced Ware

The Call of Duty franchise has released it's newest game, Advanced Warfare. During the game, you control an ex Marine who fights against ATLAS, and independent military contractor who's persistent on ending all wars with the war.

The graphics on the Xbox One are incredible, and the music is too. The story line is well written but seems a little short. (Although, this isn't unusual for Call of Duty games). However, we're digging the exoskeleton suit!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Oregon Trail

Happy Thursday Gamers! Today's retro game is none other than the infamous Oregon Trail!

Players will always remember this frustrating event.
Oregon Trail originated as a teaching tool created by Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger. Don was a middle school history teacher at the time and used Oregon Trail to teach his students about the difficulties faced by 19th century pioneers. After gaining notoriety for the game, it was expanded and used in numerous schools in the Minneapolis Public Schools' time-sharing service.

In 1974, the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium hired Rawitsch to develop the game for classrooms across the state. He added events and consequences related to actual historical probabilities. In 1978, the game was adapted by John Cook for the Apple II, and the rest was history.

Oregon Trail and it's different versions and parodies has sold over 65 million copies as of 2011. It's been included in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die and remains infamous to this day. We remember playing this game in school, and still enjoy it to this day. Welcome to the vault, Oregon Trail!

If you've never seen or heard of Oregon Trail, check out this gameplay video from Shortmandesigner on Youtube.