Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium in LA, isn’t just home to dry grass. There’s also, if you’re willing to equip a map (or...go for a walk) a classic arcade surprise lurking in the trees, courtesy of a local artist.
In the original arcade classic Gauntlet it was "Elf shot the food." In the new version launched on Steam today, it's "Elf dodges through enemies, leaving us to fend for ourselves while he scoops up all of the gold." I can live with that.
First released in 1985, Gauntlet was a genre-defining arcade dungeon crawler. Now, it's being re-released for PC, in the form of a top-down co-op action RPG, all prettied up and modernized for a new audience.
Playing social games doesn't have to mean clicking on a farm. In Dungeon Rampage's case, social means wading into hordes of enemies and traversing perilous dungeons side-by-side with other people; you know — old school social, the way your mother used to make it.
When it released in 1980, computer voice compression cost around $1,000 per word. Berzerk spoke about 20, and it was a sensation. Gorf and later Wizard of Wor likewise used speech synthesis to heckle players.
Artist Dave Rapoza, whose amazing work we've featured before here on Kotaku, let us know over the weekend about a little competition his (and fellow artist Dan Warren's) website, Crimson Daggers, was running.
Picking up dudes for sex with...Gauntlet references.
This is what happens when Paul Robertson, of Scott Pilgrim and Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight fame, sits down and designs something with Meat Bun, of rad gaming t-shirts game.
Google's Android platform has a cute little robot logo, but what's this? The inspiration behind it is not, as I first thought, Metal Mickey, but is actually a Gauntlet game?
I'd be quite interested to see the process involved with choosing what games become Xbox Live Arcade Xbox Originals. I am beginning to think a hat is involved. While some of the picks so far have been no-brainers, others are a bit more questionable.