Okay look guys, Disney's been using Wreck-It Ralph to pump video game references out like they're going out of style (they're most assuredly not). It's about time we took a good close look at just how many game characters we can spot in the clips released so far...
It turns out Google really isn't evil after all. The proof? This tech support guy in the company's employ, who we hear is currently in discussions with the Vatican regarding his upcoming sainthood. It's not that the old lady calling him is an angry old hag. In fact, she's really rather sweet. And having had to deal with the public at work before - hell, having to do it every day when I leave the house - I know they can be a total nightmare if they want to be. But given her line of questioning (essentially 'How do I stop Pac-man breaking Google and stopping me from working?') and how clear it is that she possibly thinks shutting down a program means switching the monitor off, he does very well indeed. Actually, what am I saying? Presumably someone from tech support uploaded this conversation to Youtube without the old lady's consent, for us all to laugh at. And we are. EVIL!
We're used to being the good guys. But did you ever stop to think about it from the enemy's point of view? Wouldn't our heroes look completely different? Of course, just as in the real world, wartime imagery and alternative views of the enemy could undoubtedly be perpetuated with some propaganda posters… like these.
It was released way back at the start of the 80s. So surely anything worth saying about Pac-Man has been said already? Actually, we don't think so. You may have heard how Pac-Man is gaming's premiere pop culture icon and how he single-handedly pushed electronic entertainment into the big time. But what you haven't heard until now is why Pac-Man is the original Resident Evil. Or why Pac-Man is more like Grand Theft Auto than you could ever
Dec 21, 2007 December is the month of giving and, better yet, receiving. December is the month when sugarplum visions of $400 consoles and $60 games dance through your head. And, of course, December is the month when your loved ones usually just cheap out and buy you a gift card instead. So long as that gift card is an online points card from Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, however, you'll be alright. With so much downloadable content available for so little money, you could stretch a few
Pac-Man games, from the originals to the re-releases, have had gamers chomping their way around the same selection of mazes for 26 years, but Pac-Man's 360 debut will change that. Pac-Man designers have finally decided on a change and put together new mazes for Pac-Man Championship Edition. The new 360 remake will play just like the old-school original, but it also includes "new mazes that dynamically change shape during gameplay, six new timed game modes, new soundtracks and high-definition
If you've been honing your Pac-Man skills recently (and you've had 20-odd years to practice) you might raise an eyebrow at Namco's newly-announced Pac-Man World Championship, which is offering the XBLA Pac-Man champ some truly scrumptious prizes. First place wins you a trip to New York to meet Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, 26 years of Quiznos toasted sandwiches (that'd take care of our lunch until retirement), 100,000 Microsoft points (about $1,250) and a special Pac-Man Xbox 360. Better than
A true coin-op classic, Pac-Man ushered in the wave of non-shooting "cute" games in 1980 and gets credit as gaming's first pop-culture phenomenon. That's great, he's historically important - but do you still want to hang out with him? Maybe not. Pac-Man is groundbreaking but ultimately pretty boring. As you race around gobbling dots, the maze never changes; only the speed of the monsters, the length of their vulnerability and the routes they take deviate between stages. The game also suffers
Who would have thought that a game that requires you to manipulate a small, yellow disk around a maze, devouring dots and avoiding malevolent ghosts would become the foundation of all video gaming. Strange as it may seem, Pac-Man is arguably the game that earned the videogame industry mainstream, pop culture acceptance (yes, Pong and Space Invaders were big, but Pac-Man exploded). After sinking some time into the new Xbox Live Arcade version, we remember what all the hooplah was about. One of