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Dwayne Johnson is doing a Rampage movie


Production starts next summer
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
Coming off of San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson, producer Beau Flynn, and New Line are working on adapting the Midway arcade game Rampage into a live-action feature film, reports Deadline. My usual reaction to these announcements i...
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Blacksite: Area 51

Warner Bros. Entertainment files new Blacksite: Area 51 trademark


We come in peace! We come in peace!
Apr 28
// Brittany Vincent
Alien invasion/'Merica yee-haw sim and first-person shooter Blacksite: Area 51 could be due for a reboot, if a new trademark filed by Warner Bros. Entertainment pans out. The basic Intent-to-Use trademark was submitted this p...
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Mortal Kombat is the best game movie ever made, fools!


Cheap plug hooray!
Feb 28
// Jim Sterling
Over on The Escapist, where my weekly Jimquisition episodes are hosted, I also have another show that many of you likely don't know about. It's called Movie Defense Force, a film review show where I take movies that have bee...

Review: Midway Arcade Origins

Dec 08 // Ian Bonds
Midway Arcade Origins (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Backbone EntertainmentPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentReleased: November 6, 2012MSRP: $29.99 As far as nostalgia goes, Arcade Origins keeps it close to the chest. 31 titles are offered up from Midway's heydays of the '80s and '90s. You've got your standard fare of favorites like Defender and Spy Hunter, and more obscure titles like Bubbles and Satan's Hollow, and (just about) everything in between. There certainly is a wide variety of genres included -- racing games, stick shooters, shmups, fighting games -- and there's plenty to choose from depending on your tastes. That said, something about it feels a bit hollow. While the emulations for the majority of the titles are great, some were not built with the standard control stick and button layout in mind. Games that used a trackball (like Marble Madness) are over-finessed by the use of the analog stick, where as other games' original cabinet control layouts just don't translate well at all to controller. 720 and Toobin' spring immediately to mind here, as often the controls would randomly flip directions mid-motion, and my character ended up moving left when I'm pressing right and vice versa. It only really occurred with those two titles, and honestly not often, but when it did, it was frustrating. Still, everything else controlled well, such as the racing title Championship Sprint, despite the lack of an actual steering wheel and pedals like the cabinet had. [embed]235316:45136[/embed] As one might expect, the purchase of this game really hinges on how much prior knowledge or nostalgia you may have for the old arcade "classics" presented herein. Where as the Treasures collections featured old catalog ads, a gallery of the cabinets and such, none of that is here, so those unfamiliar with the games may not have much to go on save for the sparse facts featured in a CNN-like crawl at the bottom of the screen during title selection. However, once in the games, the presentation is great. While clearly none of these titles were built with HD in mind, the screen -- and occasional split screen -- are set up fantastically, with mock-ups of the cabinet art lining the sides of your aspect ratio (and serving as the only hint to what the cabinets may have looked like). All the original sounds are here too, for better or worse. Backbone Entertainment really went out of their way to preserve the original look and feel of these games and it shows, though the speech in Wizard of Wor certainly shows its age. There's also not a whole lot of options available for gameplay, either. You have your standard free-play, which allows you to keep pressing start every time you die as if you're pumping another quarter in the slot to continue, until you beat the game or lose interest. There's also Score Attack mode, which allows you only the one credit, and tasks you to see how far you can ride on it. Achievements and Trophies are earned only in this mode, and high scores are added to the online leaderboards. While there is no online play, local co-op is available for the games that featured it in the cabinets originally. What it really comes down to, overall anyway, is what games are included. I won't repeat what the press release already stated, but I will say some games aren't nearly as classic as this collection would want you to remember -- Pit-Fighter was never a good game -- and there are other titles missing from what would otherwise make this collection a must-have. While the first three Mortal Kombat games are collected as a downloadable trilogy on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, their absence is still noticeable, as is the glaring omission of personal favorites Burgertime and Paperboy, two titles that were available as far back as the old PSOne collection. I hate using the term "mixed bag," but Midway Arcade Origins really is exactly that. A decent sampling of some classic titles that mostly control well with very limited options, and a few games that will leave you scratching your head at their inclusion (or exclusion, as the case may be). For those that remember these games, it's a great bit of nostalgia. For those unfamiliar with these arcade games of yore, you may get bored rather quickly, as there just aren't enough options or history included, beyond the games themselves, to keep you interested for very long.
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Nostalgia, it's a thing
When there was still an arcade near my house, Midway games were the ones I often found myself pumping the most quarters into. During the last console generation, I scooped up the Midway Arcade Treasures collections to relive ...

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Storm's Adventure with Mortal Kombat


Sep 29
// Storm Dain
Witness another poor decision on my part. Street Fighter IV taught me not to play modern fighting games, or, at the very least, speak my opinion of them in public. Of course, that was before I was able to post to t...
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Midway Arcade Origins compiles 30+ games on one disc


Sep 19
// Jordan Devore
With the amount of older games that have been ported to digital distribution platforms, I have yet to buy one of those compilation discs this console generation. As such, I'm inclined to be interested in Midway Arcade Origin...
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Demand: We want a Shadow Hearts HD collection


May 11
// Jim Sterling
You know what roleplaying series kicked arse on the PlayStation 2? Shadow Hearts! You know what series deserves to be remastered in HD for the PS3's "Classics" line? Shadow Hearts! You know it makes sense.  Shadow Hearts...
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Destructoid: Minecraft, Dead Space 2, and Hero Awakened!


Jan 31
// Tara Long
Happy Monday, Destructoid viewers! If you tuned in for yesterday's live stream, then you know by now that we reached our goal of $5,000 for our CharityWater campaign! My heart is still beaming from yesterday's accomplishment...
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Awakened is a game that may very well be brilliant


Jan 29
// Jim Sterling
There once was a game called Hero, a Midway project about customizable superheroes that looked incredibly promising, but was sunk when the publisher collapsed. Many of the game's developers have banded together under the nam...
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Cool concept art from former Midway artist


Jan 03
// Dale North
There's a lot of really cool concept art in the portfolio of artist Stephan Martiniere, who was formerly a creative visual director at Midway Chicago and now an art director at Id Software. There's a lot of great stuff on his...
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Rumor: EA working on NFL Blitz title


Nov 22
// Nick Chester
According to Giant Bomb's well-placed tipster, Electronic Arts/EA Sports is currently working on resurrecting Midway's NFL Blitz series. EA Sports recently releases NBA Jam remakes across all platforms, and reports had previo...
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Rumor: This Is Vegas canned… finally


Aug 24
// Nick Chester
According to CVG's "cast iron source" close to the development of This Is Vegas, the open-world shooter/wet t-shirt contest simulator has been scrapped. Being developed by the Seattle-based Surreal Software, the game was acqu...
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Mortal Kombat fatalities look good on paper


Jul 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
Can you imagine what the world might be like without fatalities? I'm having a difficult time conjuring up a vision of that. A number of Congressional hearings would have been different and the ESRB might have taken a bit lon...
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Scorpion and Sub Zero teamed up in canceled 'Fire & Ice'


Jul 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
Sub Zero and Scorpion are the first characters I think of when it comes to Mortal Kombat. For me, it's really all about Sub Zero but his undead ninja rival sneaks in on account of being pretty much a palette swap with moves I...
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Finish them games! Warner trademarks Netherrealm Studios


Apr 09
// Nick Chester
Warner Bros. Interactive has filed trademarks for "Netherrealm Studios," likely in connection with whatever studio or team is working on the forthcoming Mortal Kombat game. Netherrealm is among the worlds in the Mortal Kombat...
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Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks almost got the sequel it deserved


Mar 15
// Nick Chester
The Mortal Kombat series hasn't had a great history of spin-off games. Whether it be Special Forces or Sub-Zero: Mythologies, Midway only was usually able to only successfully spin-off laughable games instead of good&nbs...
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Midway's XBLA games have been delisted


Feb 17
// Jordan Devore
Remember back in the early days of Xbox LIVE Arcade? When Digital Eclipse went crazy with porting any and all old-school favorites to the service? And games were only five bucks? Yeah. Those were some swell times. Midway prop...
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Finish him again! Mortal Kombat film reboot in the works


Jan 26
// Nick Chester
Just the other day I was thinking "Hey, someone should make another Mortal Kombat movie." Good news -- someone is! Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures is looking to reboot the series with Oren Uziel penn...
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NFL Blitz creator Mark Turmell joins EA Tiburon


Jan 08
// Samit Sarkar
EA Sports announced this morning (as reported by Joystiq three days ago) that former Midway arcade sports wizard Mark Turmell has taken a position as the Senior Creative Director of EA Tiburon. Turmell made his name as the cr...
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The Sonya Blade that could have been: Cameron Diaz


Dec 22
// Nick Chester
Here's a not-so-new but interesting bit of information you might not have known -- actress Cameron Diaz was originally cast in a role for 1995's Mortal Kombat film. Diaz, who had her "big break" with The Mask in 1994, was ori...
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John Woo wants to make another Stranglehold game


Dec 09
// Jim Sterling
What can one say about John Woo's Stranglehold? We could say that the demo was awesome. We could also say that Midway should have just released the demo at retail and charged two bucks for it, rather than stretch it out into ...
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Mortal Kombat's tournament system isn't all that fair


Dec 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
You know, if you stop to think about it, Mortal Kombat's tournament system is pretty messed up. One guy against a dozen other fighters? And that one guy even has to fight other people that are trying to save Earth? Not to me...
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Mortal Kombat fighters like you've never seen them before


Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
Commence hyperventilating. Back when Vincent Proce was working over at Midway, he submitted a pitch for a new Mortal Kombat. The game in question was to be a total overhaul of the series' "original premise" with "modern mutip...
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Smash TV 'will rise again'


Nov 07
// Jim Sterling
Let's get the "I'll buy that for a dollar" quote out of the way. Right, now we can get on with the actual story. Did you know that the classic arcade game Smash TV was in line for a remake? It was going to be a top-down shoot...
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Ex-Midway producer accuses execs of forcing multiplayer


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
Ever wondered why some videogames have an underdeveloped and clearly rushed multiplayer element shoehorned into it, even though it was neither required nor destined to be successful? According to former Midway producer John V...
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What are Warner's plans for Mortal Kombat's Sonya Blade?


Oct 30
// Nick Chester
If you've been thinking "We certainly haven't seen enough Sonya Blade in the past 17 years," you're not alone.  On October 26, Warner Bros. Entertainment filed for trademark for the words "Sonya Blade," Mortal Kombat's t...
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Game SERIES Debate to the Death! SF VS MK


Sep 29
// Tom Fronczak
I guess last week's debate was a Super Smash Bros. battle on stock mode set for 82 lives each -- truly a debate to the death. The result was not pretty, and reminiscent to those times when you were so drunk you could only lif...
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Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Madden VS Blitz


Sep 01
// Tom Fronczak
The debate destruction trail continues hot off the heels of Guitar Hero's corpse from last week. Another week, another homicide. This one wasn't as horrible to witness, but it still made you want to watch because you just kne...
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Midway UK and France bought for ... One Euro?


Aug 12
// Jim Sterling
We knew Midway's demise was a sad and shameful whimper, but today is the day where its dignity truly died. It's been revealed that Midway's managing director for Europe Martin Spiess has bought the firm's UK and France office...
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THQ to buy Midway San Diego for $200,000, TNA not included


Aug 11
// Joseph Leray
I don't tend to get interested in the "business" end of gaming -- stock prices, mergers, hostlie takeovers, etc. I don't know a lot about business or economics and I'd rather be talking about actual games. However, ...

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