In the Summertime, When the Gaming's Good

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What does summer mean to you?

For me it brings back memories of playing boardwalk arcade games, barefoot and sand-covered. Of digging through buckets of french fries prepared in peanut oil. Of languid days that never seemed to end, until they did and it was always too soon. And of gaming.

Whether it was in a boardwalk arcade, on a worn GameBoy or sitting in the frigid air of my upstairs bedroom playing NES games with a friend, summer, more than anything, was about gaming.

Which is why we're returning this week to Kotaku's Summer of Gaming, a week-long celebration of fun, sun and video games here on Kotaku. Whether you're preparing for a long trip, heading to the beach, or looking for some great gaming reads, we've got you covered.


We're kicking off Kotaku's Summer of Gaming a bit later today with a great summer reading list of video game books meant to be a handy guide to the novels you should take along while traveling, sunning and kicking back.

Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for plenty more fun features that tackle everything from game design and summer blockbusters to beach arcade and surfing. And don't forget to check out the stories from last year's look at the summer of gaming.

Who says you can't get a tan while playing video games?

[Art by Luke]

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Darth Tigris

Ok, Crecente. I don't know how you knew exactly how to reach my nostalgia center with this but you just nailed it.

Summer of '88. Wildwood, NJ. Boardwalk. Outrun. Perfection.

Oh man you almost have me in tears over here. Sorry, was a trip with mom and she's not a gamer but she played sit-down moving Outrun and had a blast and she's not with us anymore but memories like these just make me tearfully smile.

Also back in '92 and '93 I went to CES. '92 was with my Dad (who's not with us anymore either) and as we drove to Chicago he let me listen to game music that I had taped (Actraiser, El Viento, Outrun, Super Adventure Island and most significantly Streets of Rage) and those memories are nothing but big Kool-Aid grins for me.

And don't get me started on trips to visit my cousins in Cali where we all were big gamers hitting up regular and nickel arcades as well as playing a ton at their houses. Then there's Vegas and its AMAZING arcades and how me and my friends just had big time fun at Circus Circus.

While most of my gaming takes place during the colder months, a lot of my happiest gaming moments are from summers past of my youth.