The lights are on
A new update for Microsoft's Game Room is now available, which will eventually feature 15 new games...well, 15 old games, technically. Here are the first five, available right now.
Fishing Derby (1980, Activision Publishing)Barnstorming (1982, Activision Publishing)Quadrun (1983, Atari Interactive)
Gyruss (1983, Konami Digital Entertainment)
Hover Force (1986, Intellivision Productions)
The Xbox Live Marketplace reveals that there will be two more Konami titles, two more Intellivision titles, and six more Atari 2600 titles in the update. For more information on the games listed above, check out the Microsoft Game Room's Facebook page.
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I'd interested to know the numbers on how many people use this feature. Not how many downloaded it. On average how many access the Game Room each week and what their average play time is.
I for one feel this is one of the most worthless Live offerings since you have to purchase every game to play it. Even if your buddy bought it for his game room and you're just visiting.
Everything Microsoft does has to = $$.$$ or they won't do it... They give barely anything for free and b*tch at gaming companies that want to do that because they can't make another buck to add to the billions they already have... The game room is worthless... They expect to to pay for *** again that you payed for when you were young... I mean come on is there any end to there money grubby bulls***? I love X-box don't get me wrong but how many times do they have to do stuff to screw us... They should cost barely anything to play and when you get them your friends should be able to play them free as well after that... Like I said just another way for Microsoft to = More $$.$$...
At least this Quadrun won't cost you a bajillion dollars to play. Other than that, I still have Barnstorming, Fishing Derby and a working 2600. What else you got, Microsoft? How about an online version of Artillery Duel?
Did they ever get out Atari Boxing?
Yeeeeeaaaah, Still not interested.
Classic games from my childhood are a great idea (see: Nintendo's Virtual Console). The problem with Game Room is that the games they've released for it thus far aren't games I've ever felt the desire to revisit. Give me Spyhunter, Simpsons arcade, X-Men, Q-Bert, or Fighting Street (Street Fighter I). Give me Battletoads, Arkanoid, Batman (the '89 Tim Burton film adaptation), or Samurai Showdown. Give me GOOD classic arcade titles. Not stuff from the super-early days of arcade that I never played and never grew an attatchment to.
And yes, I understand that everyone grew up with different games, but so far they've released games that people in their 50's might have a fondness for. The rest of us, so far, have been neglected, and therefore have no real reason to use the XBLA Game Room.
Until the execution of the Game Room is equal to the idea behind it, the addition of games isn't really going to do jack squat to help it. Sad, but true.
Man.... They really need to release some games that people actually WANT to play. GIMME 90s BRAWLERS!!! I'm talking Simpsons, X-Men, The Punisher, Dynamite Cop, Die Hard Arcade, Zombie Revenge!!! Where are these games and WHY can I not play them!?!
Well, I'm in my early 30's and I grew up with a 2600, so Barnstorming and Fishing Derby ARE my fond memories.
That said, I too have an original, working 2600, and the games are cheap. So . . . why would I buy them again?
I understand a lot of these games are classics, but I grew up playing the Namco arcades. How come these aren't on here yet? (I'm sure they have their reasons, I'm just curious)
i understand they idea of this as "wouldn't it be neat to have all my games or at least a good majority of them, on one system, hooked into my HD tv, and be able to earn achievements playing them?"
but i personally don't feel the need to play barnstormer anymore. it wasn't that great then, and compared to i don't know, red dead redemption, i don't think it deserves equal time.
what would have been great is if we earned these games for achievements. something microsoft hinted at during the launch of the 360, but never really made happen. my gamerscore is around 40,000 or so, how about every 10,000 GS you get one of these old intellivision games? that would introduce the games to a brand new audience...
zzzzzzz snooze fest, Game Room is boring, plus you can't walk around with your avatar like I was under the impression you could do.
I'll pass microsoft better step up their virtual console. Nintendo's and sony's virtual consoles are amazing