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Arcade-style gaming with your iPad!

Clive Maxfield
6/28/2011 05:05 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/13/2011 5:21:29 PM
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I'm not much for "shoot them up" type games, but I do enjoy wandering through virtual worlds -- Riven is fantastic in many ways, but it is old in others (like the fact that the scenes are pre-rendered) -- are there any modern versions (for my iPad) where I can just wander around looking at things without getting attacked?

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Max The Magnificent   7/13/2011 5:19:20 PM
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Very useful info -- thanks for this -- Max

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Jeff.Petro   7/5/2011 3:47:53 PM
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It's cute and it's small, but I can guarantee you that you won't be lugging the console around in order to play an arcade game. In other words, the unit will remain on a table in your home. Another item that sits on your table at home is a PC and any serious retro-gamer knows that this is the best platform for arcade emulation. Check out http://mamedev.org/ This project has been growing since 1997 and now emulates over 4000 different arcade games. Enthusiasts also sell joystick/button devices that plug into your computer as an alternative to mouse/keyboard. I've even seen plans on how to design/build a full size stand-up console for use with MAME. Another option would be to buy a $20 arcade emulator that comes with a joystick and plugs directly into yout tv. They usually contain anywhere from 20 to 100 games preloaded. I recall seeing these in stores everywhere about 5 years ago. OK, so the icade is cute and may sucker a few people into buying it, but there are other better/cheaper solutions out there to help rekindle your memories of dropping quarters into a coin slot. All your base are belong to us.

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Douglas442   7/3/2011 4:01:53 AM
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Read in the the newsletter that you just picked up a copy of Riven?... ooh...oh! Max! Must say something! ( ... though... actually, I've been meaning, for awhile now, to post you a thank-you for again mentioning one of my own personal "runs-in-circles" projects ) First it'll be Riven... then Myst... then finally you'll find yourself hopelessly addicted to games like L.A. Noire, Oblivion, and Skyrim... you and your wife both, spending hundreds of hours wandering around in vast, lush, virtual landscapes... only to have the beauty and tranquility of these types of scenes interrupted, constantly, by attacking zombies and assaults from various other types of sinister monsters! ... actually, I don't know why I play around with these things myself... that's just too much like where I used to work. But, all I can say is... be careful!

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Max The Magnificent   7/1/2011 7:25:11 PM
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Sorry -- guilty as charged -- although in my own defense I should point out that this wasn't intended to be a journalistic triumph -- it's a blog for goodness sake. As I said, my friend pointed me at the YouTube video, from there I went to the ION Audio website -- and they didn't even have a price on their own site (I've since discovered it's around $99.95). But again, this was just a quick blog in-between juggling loads of other projects ... take me outside and spank me now! :-)

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rolyatnitram   7/1/2011 7:19:06 PM
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This has to be the laziest bit of reporting. He didn't even click around to find the ball park cost of the games or even try one free app/game. Just a little cut and paste from their web site!?

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Max The Magnificent   6/28/2011 5:14:20 PM
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You have to admit, this really does look rather tasty...

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