The Lost Arcade is a well made, nostalgia-steeped 2015 documentary about New York videogame arcades. It charts the rise, but mostly the decline of arcade culture through to the mid-2010s. The people and themes it looks at are a much more ambitious and frankly, much better done, form of what we at Very Very Gaming were interested in with our blog posts about game stores in the UK. As a film it looks at the histories, the people, the stories, the owners and their passions in and around New York’s arcade scene.
It is a little known fact that Christian charity shops are actually gateways to hell (judging by the unholy DVDs and books in most of these places). As I entered one such shop last week in the Arsenal area of North London, my nostrils were greeted with the pungent smell of marijuana. The smell was due to the tenant upstairs, I was assured indirectly by the shop owners, who watched me suspiciously – presumably they were appalled by my ability to first recognise the smell of weed, and second, my uttering the drug’s name out loud. The shop wasn’t exactly a welcoming place, but those unholy DVDs – rows upon rows – held my attention for a good ten minutes.
This particular charity shop visit ended with me grabbing two videogame documentaries – a definite first. Another first on this here blog is a post that attempts to compare the two. But there’s a first time for everything, so I present you a comparison of Capcom’s Resident Evil mockumentary promo, Wesker’s Report, and Gametap’s 10 Years of Tomb Raider documentary. Continue reading
Gaming addictions are odd things. Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one type – in fact, I bet you there are as many types of gaming addiction as there are people. Isn’t being a bit obsessed with a game normal, at first? When does a bit of harmless over-playing become unhealthy addiction?
I could mention many games which I was hopelessly “addicted” to from all stages of my life (The Sims, Harvest Moon: Back to Nature, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy IX, Project Zero/Fatal Frame 3, etc) – but nothing can come close to my unhealthy obsession with Civilization II and then Civilization IV, which bear the distinction of giving me my first ever bout of RSI at the age of 24. Combined, these games gave me the battlescars of a true, hardened gamer, so intent on my gaming lifestyle that I became more than willing to sacrifice my petty human needs (like, resting my wrists – which is for losers and wimps!). Continue reading