For twenty years, Namco Bandai has held patent US 5718632 A, which has given them ownership of the idea of a loading screen minigame. On November 27 (this Friday), that patent expires.
Remember Ridge Racer's amazing Galaga mini-game on PS1? Bandai Namco patented the concept of mini-games in loading screens, but video game lawyer David Hoppe noticed Bandai Namco's patent is about to expire. The patent was filed November 27, 1995, which means developers can build their own on November 27, 2015.
All year long, cartoonists have been giving away beautiful, funny, and heartbreaking pieces of webcomic goodness for free online. From goofy girl warriors to time-traveling artists to emotionally and physically intimate pieces, here are our favorite new webcomics from 2013.
As promised, the R&B singer/songwriter Frank Ocean brought John Mayer to last night's performance on Saturday Night Live. The two performed on a stage surrounded by some arcade cabinets with nondescript glass and cabinet art, but they were running ROMs of real games in attract mode.
If you've seen The Avengers, you'll know there's a mildly awkward moment where, of all games, Galaga is mentioned, then actually shown. Aside from coming across as an advertisement, it's short, and it's relatively harmless.
Nano quadrotors fly in formation in this great video from the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. All we need is a spaceship that can shoot these things down and we're good to go.
The next entry in Namco Bandai's "Namco Generations" line and the follow-up to Pac-Man Championship Edition DX hits Xbox Live Arcade this week. Galaga Legions DX, a revamped Galaga Legions, might make you take video game epilepsy warnings more seriously.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, popstar Christina Aguilera revealed her love for classic arcade games, saying she even has a mini "old school" arcade in her house with Donkey Kong, Mario, and Galaga.
Pac-Man and Galaga both get served three ways in the upcoming Pac-Man and Galaga Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS. Two of those games are brand-new and unique to the 3DS, Pac-Man Tilt and Galaga 3D Impact, and this new Japanese trailer explains how they work.
Galaga goes completely batshit insane with the next re-imagining of Namco's shoot 'em up series, Galaga Legions DX. This is the next effort from the people who make the excellent Pac-Man Championship Edition games, so we'd better pay attention.
Namco is reviving two of its most memorable arcade hits—Pac-Man and Galaga—for the Nintendo 3DS, tapping into some of the system's most unique features, its gyroscopic tilt control and glasses-free stereoscopic 3D. They may take some getting used to.
Galaga's tournament-setting world record fell again, reclaimed on New Year's Day by the previous record holder, Andrew Laidlaw of Washington state.
The next Pac-Man, called Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, looks great. It's another trippy, techno remix of a classic Namco arcade game. More are coming, the company revealed today. New Galaga and new Metro-Cross.
Those of you that shelled out for the Wii's Internet Channel before Nintendo made it free can now download one NES game on Virtual Console — as long as its worth 500 points.
Galaga may be nearly two decades old, but its previous world record score could only last two years, with Andrew Laidlaw's 2007 mark broken over the weekend by Phil Day.
Proving that you can never know everything about Lost, some of us may have just learned that Galaga is/was/could-be part of ABC's convoluted hit.
What do you think of when you imagine going to the beach on a hot summer day? Sunblock, towels, bikinis maybe? Not me. I think about Galaga.
Namco Bandai should, over the next few days, be releasing an iPhone version of classic shooter Galaga. Hurray?
Did Galaga save the life of actor Alec Baldwin? Moments of Clarity, a new book about addiction, points to Baldwin's own struggles with substance abuse, bouts of which he came down from with arcade games.