Take a Look at the First New Star Wars Arcade Game in Years

The best part of the Star Wars arcade games of yore was how they transported you into the movies, letting you be the one destroying the Death Star and defeating the Empire. A new bunch of Star Wars machines are going to do the same thing for today's audiences, starting next January. » 10/08/14 2:31pm 10/08/14 2:31pm

If you’re in or near New York City, you should go check out this Friday’s tournament centered on Killer Queen—the action/strategy multiplayer game that debuted in a spiffy arcade cabinet at New York University’s No Quarter exhibition. New sprites and a new map will be debuting at the event. » 7/01/13 3:20pm 7/01/13 3:20pm

Watch a Room Full of People Cheer on a Giant Video Game Snail

Listen: when you’re watching two teams go to war in Killer Queen, you don’t have to join in the crowds yelling for an oversized cephalopod gastropod to make it to one side of the screen. But you want to. “SNAIL! SNAIL! SNAIL!” It just comes out of you. » 6/04/13 12:15pm 6/04/13 12:15pm

All-Star Dad Builds Incredible Basement Arcade With His Son

When I was growing up, I was barely allowed to own any video games. Contrast that with Redditor Mertzlufft, whose father teamed up with him to construct this bananas-looking underground compound, stuffed with more games than any single human could hope to handle. » 5/22/13 8:00pm 5/22/13 8:00pm

You Have This Guy to Thank for a Game About Jetpacks and Lancing

Of all the games that I played at New York University’s No Quarter exhibition, the one I most wanted to take home and play with a friend was There Shall Be Lancing. Granted, Killer Queen and Bennet Foddy's Speed Chess are a little too unwieldy to play in my small New York City apartment, But, the combat game by… » 5/14/13 3:00pm 5/14/13 3:00pm

Nobody Makes Awesome Arcade Machines Anymore. But These Guys Did.

Whether it’s a PC monitor or a smartphone display, indie game-makers tend to thrive on smaller screens. But when Josh DeBonis and Nik Mikros worked up the idea for their co-operative strategy/platformer hybrid Killer Queen, they went really big. So big they had to make their own unique stand-up machine for it. But,… » 5/13/13 9:40am 5/13/13 9:40am

A Rare Arcade Game Killed by an Atari Lawsuit Comes Back to Life After…

Maybe you're like me and never heard of 1980s arcade game Meteors. If you guessed that it was a clone of Asteroids, though, you'd be right. The coin-op arcade game stood at the center of a lawsuit aimed by Atari at competitor Amusement World. » 12/20/12 10:20am 12/20/12 10:20am

Too Awesome: Rows and Rows of Ms. Pac-Man Machines Being Built Back in…

It took a lot of skill (and quarters) to rack up an epic run on Ms. Pac-Man back in the day. Turns out it took sharp hand-eye co-ordination to assemble those iconic cabinets, too. » 12/18/12 12:30pm 12/18/12 12:30pm

Ms. Pac-Man, Unplugged and Out on the Street

Slate music critic Jody Rosen snapped this picture of arcade and gambling cabinets lined up outside a flooded Red Hook warehouse In the aftermath of last week's storm. » 11/06/12 1:15pm 11/06/12 1:15pm

Donate Some Cash to Help Classic Arcade Titles Enter Video Game Valhalla

Those of us that remember them still miss the arcade emporiums of yore, even is they reeked of cigarette smoke and too much body odor in too small a space. That era's long gone but the American Classic Arcade Museum, located in New Hampshire's Funspot arcade, remains one place where folks can lay hands on the… » 12/29/11 9:00am 12/29/11 9:00am

The Penny Arcade Expo's Real Arcade

On the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, visitors to the Penny Arcade Expo East get to visit an actual arcade, filled with free-to-play arcade cabinets and pinball machines, just like mother used to make. » 3/28/10 2:30pm 3/28/10 2:30pm