Mar 22

Written by: Brian Wray
3/22/2010 9:50 PM  RssIcon

by Brian Wray
Finishing off the Block Party promotion is the retro arcade Game Room. Game Room will be free, but arcade titles will be offered for 240MS points each for single platform, or 400MS points for PC and Xbox 360 gameplay. The list of arcade games available on launch day will be
Game Room

Features:
Remember pumping quarters into your favorite video games at the classic Arcade? Nothing would beat the colorfully-decorated cabinets, the smell of popcorn and candy and best of all, the endless hours of competition with friends, trumping the top score, and mastering the machine.

This Spring, Game Room on Xbox LIVE lets you relive the glory days of the classic arcade. Play as your Avatar and enjoy the original sights, sounds, and gameplay that make these retro games come alive on Xbox 360 and Games for Windows LIVE.

Relive the glory days of the classic arcade: Game Room replicates the old-school look, sound, and feel of a retro video game Arcade. At launch, Game Room brings you a library of 30 original arcade and console classics from Activision, Atari, Intellivision, Konami, Taito, and others, including Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, and Super Cobra shown in their original cabinets. Create a brand new social environment your Avatar can explore, personalize your game room by arranging your cabinets, and decorate each room with themes and animated mascots. Invite your friends on Xbox 360 or Windows PC to check out your games collection. With weekly new title releases, your arcade will be retro-fitted to perfection.
Prove you're the arcade master: Think you have what it takes? Challenge friends to beat your high score by sending custom challenges and taunts across platforms, earn Achievements, unlock levels, and climb your way to the top of universal leaderboards. Compete in parallel mode, in which you and your friend play the game at the same time, or round robin mode, in which you take turns playing a game. Game Room also offers local couch play for up to two players -- how will you duke it out for arcade supremacy? Enjoy a seamless experience across Xbox 360 and Windows PC as you share games, track your progress, and jump back into the game no matter what platform you're on. You can even invite friends into your custom arcade to check out your collection.
Buy Game Room titles once and play on both Xbox 360 and Windows PC: Enjoy the freedom of buying Game Room once and playing on your platform of choice -- Xbox LIVE or Windows PC. Purchase a classic arcade game you can enjoy on both Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms for less than the price of a movie ticket. If you prefer to play on one platform, you can purchase individual games for either Xbox 360 or Windows PC at a lower price or even pay to play a single game, just like in the old arcades. See how long you can last on a single token!
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While nothing has been confirmed, the rumoured launch list includes the following titles.

1. Centipede (arcade)
2. Asteroids Deluxe (arcade)
3. Tempest (arcade)
4. Crystal Castles (arcade)
5. Lunar Lander (arcade)
6. Jungler (arcade)
7. Road Fighter (arcade)
8. Scramble (arcade)
9. Finalizer (arcade)
10. Tutankham (arcade)
11. Shao-Lin's Road (arcade)
12. Super Cobra (arcade)
13. Red Baron (arcade)
14. Gravitar (arcade)
15. Battlantlis
16. Astrosmash (Intellivision)
17. Mountain Madness Super Pro Skiing (Intellivision)
18. Armor Battle (Intellivision)
19. Space Hawk (Intellivision)
20. Sub Hunt (Intellivision)
21. Sea Battle (Intellivision)
22. Space Armada (Intellivision)
23. Astrosmash (Intellivision)
24. Star Raiders (Atari 2600)
25. Outlaw (Atari 2600)
26. Yar's Revenge (Atari 2600)
27. Millipede (Atari 2600)
28. Football (Atari 2600)
29. RealSports Tennis (Atari 2600)
30. Combat (Atari 2600)

I have a feeling that this virtual arcade will cost me plenty of real money.

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