Here’s the latest issue of the Weekly Video Game Newsletter. It’s actually been several weeks since the last one was published so I included a bunch of sales figures and release dates from the weeks missing on top of all the info about the stuff that came out this week and how well (or horribly) stuff sold the week of August 7th (courtesy of VGChartz.com).
Video Game Review
Developed by: Namco
Published by: Midway
It would be unfair to point at Namco’s Galaga and say that it’s nothing more than a sequel (of Galaxian) of a rip-off (of Space Invaders). Truth be told, such a lame assessment holds quite a bit of truth. However, not only is Galaga much better than either Galaxian or Space Invaders but it is one of the best arcade games of its era. It’s fun, exciting, and keeps you hungry for more. It’s only drawback—and it’s a big one—is that it will eventually be less fun and exciting after each playthrough and eventually you’ll finally have had your fill. As a diversion though, it is definitely worth playing…one quarter at a time.
Weekly Video Game Podcast – July 1, 2010 <90 mins (82.8 MB)>
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It’s finally up. Despite my computer’s best attempts to delete all the audio files and my house’s attempt to drive me insane by losing power in the middle of post-production, I’ve finally managed to put together this week’s Video Game Podcast. Chris and I talk for nearly 90 minutes about video game sales, the future of the industry, OnLive, and other assorted nonsense. While downloading the podcast, continue reading below for the sales charts for the last four weeks (all data comes from VGChartz.com) as well as a list of the games that came out last week and this week (including trailers where available).
Hall of Fame Inductee
Original Release: 1981 (Arcade)
1981 wasn’t exactly a year where video game companies were coming up with innovating games to unleash upon the masses. Most games were essentially copycats of previously released games with better graphics and sound to harness the newer and better technology available. Some games bucked the trend, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong but most "new" games in the arcade were just upgrades of previous available cabinet games. Galaga falls into the latter category but that does not discount its significance to the video game history. While it borrows a heavy amount with the formula created from Space Invaders, it helped maintain that genre of games well throughout the 80s.
Video Game Review
Publisher: Capcom, SNK
Capcom isn’t notorious for having great shoot-em-ups but their first video game ever was a vertical shooter. Vulgus, co-published with SNK, was a solid arcade game that took in quite a bit of quarters back in the day. While there are more sophisticated shooters now, it still is an enjoyable diversion that provides a formidable challenge.