July 4

Guide for Selecting an Arcade Video Game Multicade Cabinet

There is an important distinction between arcade video game cabinets. Being that they are built in two distinct styles – vertical or horizontal monitor orientation. For example, the computer screen that you are looking at right now is horizontally oriented. Turn the monitor on end, and it would then be oriented vertically. But, it would be real difficult to read. Because, the graphics are formatted for horizontal presentation, not vertical. And, so it is with arcade video games. Thus, there are two types of potential problem when deciding the cabinet to use for a multicade installation. First, the horizontal monitor will usually not fit in a vertical cabinet. And second, vertical screen images will not display correctly on a horizontally mounted monitor, and vice versa.

Almost all the classic arcade video games, like Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, Frogger, and Donkey Kong, are played using a vertically oriented (mounted) monitor. There are a few horizontal exceptions, like the Williams’ classics – Defender, Stargate, Joust, etc. Where as, almost all the modern fighting games, like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, use a horizontally oriented (mounted) monitor.

Importantly, the game types (horizontal or vertical) are not immediately interchangeable between the cabinet types (horizontal or vertical). This is because a horizontal game’s monitor likely cannot be made to fit in a cabinet designed for a vertical game. It is possible, for example, to sometimes modify a horizontal cabinet to accept a vertical mount monitor, but the reverse is usually not possible. Cabinets for the two orientation types are built differently. The vertical cabinet will be a few inches more narrow and less deep than the horizontal cabinet.

The point is that the style (horizontal or vertical) of a cabinet matters. Some will work for a particular multicade upgrade, and some will not. Then, there is the second matter of images not displaying correctly. Unless the multicade has provided for formatting a vertical game to display correctly on a horizontal monitor, there is no interchangeability. Bottom line – the game orientation of the multicade has to be formatted correctly, and then matched to the cabinet style.

So, in practice, what does all of this mean?

  1. If you want to play only vertical classics, then the iCade 60-in-1 is your best choice. The cabinet would have to accept a vertically oriented monitor. And, depending on the cabinet size, the monitor size could be 19″ or 25″.
  2. If you want to play only horizontal fighting classics, then the Capcom 18-in-1 would be a good choice. The cabinet would have to accept a horizontally oriented monitor. And, depending on the cabinet size, the monitor size could be 19″ or 25″.
  3. If you want to play a combination of vertical and horizontal games, then the Games Family 1940-in-1 is your best choice. The cabinet would have to accept a horizontally oriented monitor. And, the monitor size should be 25″ in order to present the vertical games’ images in about a 17″ height size.
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July 3

Get Paid to Play Games Online

If you are a avid gamer you should know something. You can get paid to play games online for free. There are a whole host of websites out there on the internet that allow you to earn money when you compete in two play games as well as large tournaments. It really just depends on what your preference is. Most people enjoy playing simple two player games because the odds of winning are much greater.

The best thing is there are websites in every gaming niche on the internet these days. The gaming industry has really exploded online. There are also jobs for game testing. However, these jobs are much harder to obtain because you have to apply for them. With other ways you do not have to apply or even pay a sign up fee. You just join for free and get started earning money playing your favorite game. Then just watch the money flow into your paypal account.

First, lets start off by explaining how the first job works, the one where you compete in either two play games or tournaments. These websites are free to join. After you join you compete against everyday people from all around the world. There are tons of these websites on the internet now. A few notable ones include: worldwinner, king, and iWon. Each has its own niche as far as gaming goes besides the three I just named off. They have games available in almost every category including arcade, strategy, board, racing, hunting, sports, retro, and three dimensional games.

You just pick the website that offers the selection of games that appeals to you the most. When you are trying to get paid to play games online for free you will need to join the website with games that you find most enjoyable. If you are really looking to make money with this you should not join a whole bunch of these and play a whole bunch of different games. It is better to pick one site and focus on mastering one game. then you can use that game to boosts your income.

Now I am going to explain how the second job works. It is a lot more rare to find opportunities where you can realistically get hired to test out video games. You have to find companies with websites where you can apply online. Also you will need to live close to the company or companies you find to have a actual chance of getting hired. However, if you are persistent enough you will most likely find a job where you can test games and get paid to play games online for free.

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July 2

Best PC Racing Game

When talking about best PC racing game, there’s always a war of words. You don’t even need two people to have a fight, because it’s very hard for one to decide what’s the best PC racing game yet. For example, Burnout Paradise PC is the best one I can think of now, but when looking back, things may change a bit… so let’s take a look at the history of PC gaming for a while, shall we?

Contrary to the popular belief, you don’t need real locations and vehicles to get a good racing game going. In fact, we can see anything from completely Sci-Fi settings to real world places and vehicles, and that includes land, air, and sea vehicles(there are only a few boats racing games I’ve played, but they were awesome!).

One of the big problems nowadays is that arcade-style games are becoming more and more popular, leaving the hardcore racing sims to a few fans. This could be easily explained by the early age most game consumers get a PC, when compared to what happened 15 or 20 years ago.

The history of computer racing starts in 1982, with Namco’s game Pole Position, followed by a bunch of others, but probably the best racing games I’ve played for a while were these: Formula One Grand Prix, Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge, and the first NASCAR Racing game, developed back in 1994. Jumping from hardcore driving sims to full arcade games, best PC racing game crown jumped from a title to another, and there are dozens of games worth being mentioned here.

In the beginning, I named Burnout Paradise PC as an example, but who can forget the first Need for Speed games, the Colin McRae Rally series, the two Official WTCC games, RACE and RACE 07, or those good old Screamer racing games?

Considering that great racing games like Gran Turismo are staying away from the PC world, some may claim that PC racing games are going down, and some titles released lately may confirm this idea. The good part is that, as far as Microsoft Windows keeps going on, we’ll have a lot of PC racing games around, and some of them show that the way of the future is a realistic handling and damage model with arcade elements and fictional cars(licensing fees, you know…) that don’t fly or float, in most cases.

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July 1

Best Arcade Games For Wii

Some of the most fun and entertaining games available are arcade games. From traditional games like Skee Ball to more advanced pinball games, the entertaining activities created for arcade atmospheres have always been intriguing. Now, with some of the best Wii games for kids and adults ever created, you can bring some of your most memorable arcade favorites right into your home.

1. House of the Dead: Overkill

House of the Dead:Overkill is one of the hottest arcade-style Wii shooting games ever created for the Wii. Use your Wii gun accessory to help Agent G as he makes his way through the blood-filled streets of Louisiana to solve one of the most mysterious crimes ever.

2. Mario Party 8

Mario Party 8 is the newest in the Mario Party series, promising tons of new party-style arcade games as well as new twists on old favorites. Punch statues, race go-karts, and walk a tightrope. You can even decorate a cake-decorating competition or game-show if you choose!

3. Carnival Games

Where’s the best place to a series of arcade games? At the carnival, of course! The entire family will enjoy playing Carnival Games together. Take the strength test, try your hand at milk bottle throwing, or drop mom and dad in the dunk tank (if you dare). There are more than 20 different arcade games to choose from!

4. Game Party

With Game Party you and your friends will not only enjoy classic games like Trivia or Skii Ball but will also have the opportunity to try some family favorites like table hockey, hoop shooting, and darts at the same time. This is the perfect game for keeping a party full of zany kids occupied.

5. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection

There isn’t an arcade game nearly as classic as traditional pinball. Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection puts an astounding electronic twist on an old favorite, adding unlockable game features with secret surprises and the ability to play with up to 4 people at a time.

6. House of the Dead 2&3 Return

Everyone enchanted by the House of the Dead series will fall in love with House of the Dead 2& 3 Return. This new invention combines all of the blood, gore, and ghoulish fun from the first two games and rolls it all together into one spine-chilling arcade shooting game you’ll never want to put down.

7. Winter Sports The Ultimate Challenge

Are you strong enough to compete in the winter Olympic games? Winter Sports The Ultimate Challenge will test your skills as you slip and slide through more than 9 sports-oriented arcade-style games in an effort to bring home the gold. Earning awesome Wii game reviews, this is one challenge you won’t want to miss.

8. Arcade Zone

With Arcade Zone you’ll have the chance to play some of your old favorites, including Skee ball, Whack-a-Mole, and many others. As you play you’ll be able to earn tickets, just like in real life, that you can turn in for all sorts of fun prizes. Your prizes will, of course, help you to unlock some of the arcade’s closed off areas!

9. Namco Museum Remix

With goofy characters and fun graphics, the Namco Museum Remix game attempts to bring some of your favorite Wii arcade games back to life. Try your hand at Pac-Man, Galaxian, and several other old favorites redone to appeal to the newer generation.

10. Family Party: 30 Great Games

Family Party: 30 Great Games is jam packed with fun and entertaining mini-games designed to entertain the entire family and with so much to offer is quite possibly one of the best Wii games for kids as well. Up to 4 players at a time can participate in shooting games, track and field games, and even battle challenges.

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