Happy Holidays 2021!
The PixelatedArcade 2021 End of Year Roundup
It's hard to believe, but another year is just about wrapped up! That means it's time for another end-of-year roundup as seems
to be the tradition - essentially just a quick note to say thanks for checking in and hope you enjoy seeing all of the
vintage games, both the good and bad ones. Overall 2021 seems like it may have been a slow year for adding new games, scans, screenshots, and more to the
site, but it's been busy nonetheless. A big chunk of time was taken up by my
, an attempt to envision what that game might have looked
like had there been an arcade version. Other cabinets and props were built along with that as well. It's not always
immediately obvious, but several updates
to the PixelatedArcade codebase were completed as well in order to improve features, resolve bugs, and to overall make administration
of the site easier...
Silpheed: The Arcade Game (Sort Of!)
Re-Imagining a Classic in a New Format and Behind the Scenes
Have you ever wondered what Silpheed might have looked like had there been
an arcade version of it? Most likely the answer is no; Still, I thought why not find out? It seemed to me
like a natural candidate; the gameplay is arcade-like, the controls are simple enough to be picked up quickly,
unless you're good a game only takes a few minutes, and the game even as a demo resembling an arcade
game's “attract mode”; not at all unlike many arcade shooters! So,
I embarked on a project to not only imagine what such a beast might look like but to actually build a complete,
actual size, playable cabinet. Here are some photos and an overview of the final results...
Authentic, or Fake?
Identifying Big Box Computer Game Shrink-Wrap
Are you into collecting vintage computer games? If you're here, there's a good chance you are! As prices continue to rise
for games that are still in their original shrink-wrap, being able to reasonably spot games that are, in fact, not
in the original manufacturer's shrink-wrap and were done by the seller or someone else along the line can save you
a lot of money and frustration. So, how can you tell? Fortunately, there are often signs to look for!
Classic PC game guru Trixter has put together
an incredible video explaining how. I highly recommend checking out his YouTube video
Authentic, or fake? Identifying Big Box Computer Game Shrink-wrap
to learn more. The information has been thoroughly researched and not only explains how to identify legitimate shrink-wrap
but includes plenty of background and historical information
as well; check out the video description which includes chapter stop details if you don't have time for the full
video and want to jump around. This is yet another invaluable classic gaming resource following his
IBM PCjr Print Media Archival Project