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Pong

By on November 20, 2012 / 5 Comments

No collection of the best ever video games of all time would be complete without Pong. Pong was, for the general public, the very first video game. There were games before this, but only Mad Men era geeks with mainframes got to play them. We’ve wanted to add a Pong game for ages, but it …

Galaga

By on November 14, 2012 / 44 Comments

Galaga was the sequel to Galaxian – which in turn was a response to Space Invaders. Both games introduced ‘swooping’ aliens and featured full colour graphics (unlike Space Invaders), but Galaga gets our vote for being more fun to play. You can fire two shots at once, and the gameplay holds up well today. It’s …

Tetris

By on May 28, 2012 / 4 Comments

Tetris is arguably the best game of all time. Written in Soviet era Russia by computer engineers Alexey Pajitnov (lead) and Vadim Gerasimov, and brought literally from behind the iron curtain by visionary Henk Rogers, its simple genius has often been imitated, and rarely duplicated. No other video game has crossed more borders or spoke …

Jetpac

By on May 26, 2012 / 6 Comments

Jetpac is a ZX Spectrum classic. The ZX Spectrum was an immensely popular home computer system from the UK in the early 80’s, used mainly for games. The games had to be loaded from a cassette deck, would take 4-7 mins, and if you got the volume setting wrong you’d have to start again. Suffice …

Qbert

By on May 23, 2012 / 18 Comments

Qbert is a classic game from 1983 that followed the Pacman tradition of completely original gameplay. It was a big hit in the arcades and the Qbert character became one of the most merchandised games characters behind Pacman and Donkey Kong. Qbert even had his own TV show and has been referenced on the Simpsons, …