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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

E3: Hopes of a games arcade revival

Games enthusiasts of a certain age can often be found reminiscing about a legendary golden era - the age of arcade gaming.
It spanned a decade or so, starting in the mid-to-late 70s, a period which launched the infamous title Space Invaders and also brought us games like Asteroids, Lunar Lander and - of course - Pacman.
The necessity of games arcades was due to the sophisticated technology on offer. Dedicated cabinets had computers set up to play that game and that game alone. Home gaming, in the very early days of Space Invaders, was simply too expensive for most.

As time went on, technology got better. And cheaper. Suddenly, games arcades were losing their purpose in life. If a PlayStation gave you as good an experience in your bedroom, why go to a building and spend your spare change to play for just a few minutes at a time?
And the social scene of arcades - where many a young romance blossomed - drifted away too. Through the 90s, and into the noughties, games arcades all but disappeared.
But in the halls of E3 this week, a show where attendees are looking years into the future of the multi-billion dollar industry, there's talk of "Arcade 2.0". A rebirth.
Why? Virtual reality. For the first time since the Golden Age, the public is showing interest in gaming technology they can't yet afford. And, even if they could, it's not something that most homes could accommodate to its full potential.
Source By BBC.COM


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