Do you remember the arcades? A network of compartmentalized warzones brought to life with the sound of machinegun button mashing and the smell of sweaty joysticks. Gamers hunched over a screen, cursing, as they thumb their lucky 1979 quarter into the machines insatiable maw, their last chance to save the universe from ninjas, aliens, or an overabundance of white dots.
Alas, as the games we play evolve, so has the arcade. It lives on in each console as a virtual network, rather than a physical building. The Xbox 360 has the Xbox Live Arcade, the PS3 has the Playstation Network, and the Wii has the virtual console. These incorporeal arcades deliver booster shots of nostalgia by reinventing the games we know and love, and the newest addition to the retro revival is the Xbox Live Arcade’s R-Type Dimensions.
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