Gaming Archive

Japanese Arcade Jungle: Mix Music with Sound Voltex

Voltage? Vortex? Just what is Voltex? This week we turn our attention to an arcade game that is as visually stunning as it is hair-tearingly frustrating. Sound Voltex is the name of the game, although it’s anybody’s guess …

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To Skip or Not to Skip? What Animated Cutscenes Add to a Game

Video game cutscenes are contentious. Many fans criticize that cutscenes disrupt the interactivity that sets games apart from other forms of entertainment. Nevertheless, they remain a staple of many genres. JRPGs are especially impressive because many have animated, …

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Japanese Arcade Jungle: Relive Vocaloid Hits with Project Diva

Project Diva: diva on the go, diva at home, diva at the arcade Sega’s Project Diva, a name that is probably a good deal more familiar to the average reader than our usual arcane fare, is a game I’ll wager …

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Japanese Arcade Jungle: Take a Spin with Museca

What do you get when you cross spinning plates, cosplay, LEDs, and Japanese electronica? This week’s game in Around Akiba’s  Japanese Arcade Jungle is what I imagine the carnival skill of spinning plates would look like if it were …

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Japanese Arcade Jungle: Grove Along with Groove Coaster

An odd example of life imitating art Our trek through the jungle this week takes us into a brightly lit future, full of light cycles, grids, and other copyrighted phrases from a certain Disney movie.  Groove Coaster is …

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