The return of old school games

Posted by David Konow

As the saying goes, everything old is new again, and this is especially true of gaming.

As we recently reported on TG Daily, GameStop is currently eyeing a digital distribution model of old school games, yet their idea of old school doesn’t go all the way back to the Atari days, like it does for many of us.

So where else can you go to relive your old school gaming memories? As Cinema Blend tells us, Midway Arcade Origins offers thirty old school games on a disc, including Gauntlet, Joust, Defender, Marble Madness, Rampart, and more.

This is all being put together by a company called Backbone Entertainment, who is converting the games for the Origins package, and apparently they do a great job with it. As Blend raves, "Pretty much every remake / arcade sequel they’ve brought to the digital market this generation has been spot on."

As an old school gamer who spent much of his youth at the arcades, just seeing the names Defender, Gauntlet and Joust brought the memories flooding back. Having also played old school arcade games like Tempest and Centipede on my friend’s computer, it also took me back to my arcade youth in the time machine of my mind, a wonderful little journey to take.

At the same time, Blend lamented that arcades have been drying up in North America, and it’s hard to relive the arcade experiences of our youth. But we gamers also did a lot of playing at home back then, and perhaps all this tripping back into gaming yesteryear will help bring arcades back here in the U.S. It was a great communal experience to play at the arcade, an experience that’s been replaced by consoles such as the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii,  but perhaps today’s gaming generation will want to experience the wonders of the arcades themselves.

Until that happens, this is a great way to go back to those days, and I’m looking forward to playing Midway Arcade Origins myself when it’s available later this year for a mere $29.99.