Wednesday, January 6, 2010

XBox Game Room?

Today Kotaku broke the story of Microsoft's new "Xbox Game Room". The idea had been rumored for a few months, even our pals over on Arcade Heroes covered it. Now with the CES being held in Las Vegas this week, it looks like this new Game Room is becoming a reality. Kotaku has found a video with Microsoft's Robbie Bach and he had this to say:

"It's sort of a retro approach. It's interesting, there's a generation... who grew up with a set of games like Centipede," Bach says of Xbox Game Room. "They look almost like casual, fun games today, at the time, they were high-end, edgy games. So Game Room is the idea of bringing that back to the market."

From the pictures they've had leaked online, it looks like you'll be able to take your avatar into an arcade with other avatars and be able to play classic arcade games. Right now it looks like Atari's on board but I've also heard rumors that Namco is going to join the bunch. I wonder how the pricing is going to work with this. Are they going to charge by the quarter? Will this make all of your Live Arcade Games available in a new room, rather then on a list in your dashboard? Who knows, but I look forward to see what they're going to do with this.

Before I close out, I'd like to say get well to our friend Brian from Substance TV. He's been under the weather for a week or two and we all here hope he gets better soon!


Well, it's finally official. XBox Game Room will launch this spring for 360 and Windows PC. Kotaku is saying that there will be over 1000 old school arcade games with 30 available at launch. Pricing for the first games will range from 240-400 points a game to own, or you can pay to play for 40 points a piece. (About 50 cents) They have a demo video showing off how you can make your own arcade and have it as a hub for your avatars to hang out. I guess we'll be seeing a ton of Flynn's Arcades in the future. I would love to recreate Station Break from the 80's. Station Break was an arcade in Penn Station in New York City. I never got to visit it as a kid, but I've seen tons of pictures. It would be cool to have a recreation of it...minus the Nintendo arcade games.

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