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Microsoft's Game Room: The Who, What, When, Where, Why

Microsoft's Game Room: The Who, What, When, Where, Why

Written Sunday, January 10, 2010 By Dan Webb
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Earlier on this week we reported that Microsoft at CES 2010 in Las Vegas announced their latest addition to Xbox Live would be coming in the spring, something they like to call Game Room. After gathering information from fact sheets, numerous sources around the web and Microsoft themselves, let us weigh up how the service works, what you can expect to see on it and more importantly, how much it will cost you.


Created by Krome Studios (Scene It? Box Office Smash, Viva Pinata Party Animals),  Game Room is quite simply a virtual arcade for your 360 avatar that will allow you to relive the glory days of the traditional amusement arcade without the horrific smells, low level lighting and creepy attendant looking at your junk and what not. The service will be available this coming spring and will also allow you to gain access to it from your Windows Live PC as well... so when you’re meant to be working at work, you could effectively be spending your pay cheque before you’ve even earnt it.

Microsoft bills their latest innovation “as a customized social space for your Avatar inspired by the nostalgic arcades of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.” Your Game Room is said to be a fully customisable environment allowing you to arrange your cabinets, introduce animated mascots, decorate each room with themes and animated icons from your favourite games whilst all the time adding to it and building your collection with new titles every week. You can even invite your Xbox Live friends over or you can visit your friend's personal amusement arcades, but only if they invite you of course. Whether you can play on their games if you don’t own them though seems doubtful as the fact sheet for the platform states, “You can even invite friends into your custom arcade to check out your collection or visit their “game room” to demo games and scope out additions to your collection.” Although that was expected, considering the same mantra applies to things like Sky - if you don't own it, you can't access it. If you have no Xbox Live friends, how about inviting your real friends around and let them get involved, taking advantage of the two player “Couch Mode” where you can show off your silky skills.

Wait... so it’s like PlayStation’s Home? Well, Microsoft responded to that point before anyone even had the chance to bring it up. According to Microsoft, “PlayStation Home separates you from your games and entertainment, while “Game Room” allows you to enjoy classic games while you’re being social. Think of “Game Room” as an interactive and social place where everyone from new gamers to pros can re-live the glory days of the classic arcade.”

The Game Room will boast universal leaderboards across the platform, the ability to challenge friends and even taunt them (even if they’re on the PC and you’re on the 360), ranked play and challenge play. Good news Silver members, the Game Room will be available to you also, and, yes, there will be achievements. How they’ll pan out though remains to be seen, but you’d have thought that they’d adopt the traditional 12 achievements, 200 points max Xbox Live Arcade policy.

At launch the Game Room will feature 30 original arcade and console classics in the virtual hub and the service will add new games to the platform every week. The service is said to be receiving so many games over the next three years that come the end of that three year time period, the Game Room will feature over 1000 arcade games. According to Kotaku, the 30 29 of those 30 launch titles are:

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. Star Raiders (Atari 2600)
24. Outlaw (Atari 2600)
25. Yar's Revenge (Atari 2600)
26. Millipede (Atari 2600)
27. Football (Atari 2600)
28. RealSports Tennis (Atari 2600)
29. Combat (Atari 2600)

How does this differ from the Xbox Live Arcade you ask? Well Microsoft stated that whilst the "Xbox Live Arcade features re-stylized versions of classic games, “Game Room” stays true to the old-school arcade, and features only original versions.” So don’t expect any flashy upgrades, the Game Room is strictly old skool! And by old skool, if you look at the launch titles, we mean real old skool.

As with a lot of things these days, the price is always going to play a huge part and that will also factor in here. The price plan is as follows:

  • It is free to access your personal arcade in Game Room.
  • If you want to play a game on both the Xbox 360 and a Windows PC, you can purchase a game for 400 Microsoft points ($5).
  • If you want to play a game on either the Xbox 360 or a Windows PC, you can purchase a game for 240 Microsoft points ($3).
  • You can also pay to play a single game (just like in an amusement arcade) which will cost you 40 Microsoft points ($0.50) a go.

With its impressive support and the backing Microsoft is giving the service (1,000 games in 3 years, which is about 6 or 7 new games a week), gamers will never be short of a game to play on the platform. Whether that’s enough though is an entirely different question. With Game Room, Microsoft are trying to recapture the glory days of the amusement arcades, but doing so from the comfort of your couch doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as huddling round an arcade cabinet with your closest friends did, all those years ago. Despite that, the service is actually quite intriguing and looks to add another selling point to not just the 360, but to the Gold Membership as well.

There is definitely still a market for retro gaming, that’s a cert, but it’s a niche market and to enjoy the service and all it will offer, it looks like you’ll have to be ready to spend a ton of cash on it. I’m sure amongst the 1,000 plus titles though, there will be something for everyone and maybe, just maybe, you can finally scratch that retro itch you’ve been trying to reach for all these years. For retro gaming addicts, get the cheque book ready, the boys from Redmond are on their way round.

Microsoft’s Game Room is slated for a spring 2010 release.




 
 

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Comment #2 by domn8rdom
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:54:44 PM
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tell will make anything to get more money out of our pockets


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Comment #3 by Webb [STAFF]
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:55:40 PM
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@#2 - That's the whole idea of business, right? =P


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Comment #4 by domn8rdom
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:55:52 PM
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*they


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Comment #5 by Ratchet
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 10:56:49 PM
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That's pretty awesome actually.


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Comment #6 by ApochWeiss
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:01:32 PM
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...to be honest...awesome. I actually like this idea. First one in a LOOOOONG ass time. Just hoping they throw some of the titles I grew up on in here, as I don't recognize 3/4's of what is on that list. Hopefully more kick ass 2600 games and old school cabinets. :D


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Comment #7 by SDevourer
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:02:47 PM
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I think that the cross platform compatibility ought to really make this worthwhile.


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Comment #8 by bathori
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:13:48 PM
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Yar's Revenge alone makes this a must for me...easily my favorite game from the 2600 era


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Comment #9 by Awnshegh
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:14:45 PM
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I still don't understand how they intend to compete with MAME on PC.


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Comment #10 by Aarogoth
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:20:35 PM
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So is this separate from the xbl arcade games, or will it allow arcade games I currently own to get a machine without having to buy it again, like pacman or street fighter?


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Comment #11 by Aarogoth
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:27:37 PM
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I'd be fine if it did. I don't buy much from the marketplace, but for those who do, they shouldn't complain about paying for stuff for this game room if they frequently buy arcade games already. Especially if your existing list of already purchased games can be added too. I already got kof98 and mvc2, and with the upcoming kof2002 and neo geo battle colosseum, it be cool to be able to set those up.


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Comment #12 by StephenJ360
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:30:55 PM
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I like it, but sounds a little pricey. Of course, that's the whole point though. We pay to get entertained, right? I'll buy some of these games for sure, not many though, because practically the only games I grew up playing were on a Nintendo system, and there's DEFINITELY not going to be Metroid, or The Legend of Zelda on here.


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Comment #13 by D4RKXPOW3R
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:45:49 PM
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YAR'S REVENGE? Sold.


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Comment #14 by Andrewam3p
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 11:58:41 PM
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sadly, we won't get any nintendo release... unless Rare surprise us with... Killer Instinct Arcade? that'll be a good reason to spend some MS Points :P but personally, I'll get some games for sure... to remember my childhood lol


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Comment #15 by newbsicle
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:00:17 AM
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pfffffffffffffff
Those games are 30 years old and they want 5 bucks lulzz


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Comment #16 by Saracin
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:02:30 AM
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I still have fond memories of Sea Battle. Also almost every other source I've seen says this is free for Gold or Silver subscribers, so everyone can enjoy some old school glory. They also said they wouldn't be adverse to putting up games from more recent consoles, like the Dreamcast. I could be mistaken though. And did anyone notice Kotaku lists Astrosmash twice?? lol


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Comment #17 by Steve50013
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:06:32 AM
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I don't owe you squat.


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Comment #18 by demi
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:07:25 AM
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Webb, Game Room is not limited to Gold only, Silver can use it too. Game Room doesnt use online multiplayer, so no use locking people out.


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Comment #19 by ovoon7
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:09:56 AM
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Fantastic idea ruined by god awful prices. How about a 5$ monthly subscription? Thats reasonable if you want to compete with classic game programs. But no, Micro$oft is nowhere near reasonable. Trust me, a 5$ a month thing would earn them way more than they ever hope to with this crap


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Comment #20 by DustinEC
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:43:02 AM
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If you think $3 a game is not reasonable then please get off the computer and go find a job. And no, how would $5 a month earn them more profit? When the people who have jobs will have no problem spending $15-$20 on 5-6 games.
Some of you people amaze me.


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Comment #21 by 360gameking
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:04:04 AM
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if i buy games for the games room do my friends have to pay to use them and if they do will i get there ms points


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Comment #22 by StarmanX22
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:09:29 AM
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#20 speaks the truth


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Comment #23 by Dark Umbra
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:15:50 AM
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Will there be achievements?


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Comment #24 by Killer in Exile
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:28:32 AM
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most of the arced games allredy have achievements Galaga My fav - has 200 GP


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Comment #25 by Killer in Exile
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:37:38 AM
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#21 has a good question, But the real question is would that be a good thing or a bad thing.


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Comment #26 by OnEdEcK
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:46:10 AM
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looking forward to how the achievement system is going work here, each title or more like hasbro where we will have to spend more $$ to get the achievements, either way, I'm all for these innovations.


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Comment #27 by EmporerDragon
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:52:45 AM
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I'm just hoping that Sunset Riders and the Simpsons Arcade game will be amongst the titles added in the future.


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Comment #28 by jtr1gg3r
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:12:33 AM
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lol there only gonna sell this to people who went to arcades in those decades because i dont even recognise any of them lol.


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Comment #29 by DefEdge
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:58:50 AM
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I recognize most of these titles, but I still have MAME for all of this, sorry...


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Comment #30 by Mercutio111
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:01:00 AM
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@27
Simpsons Arcade FTW!!!


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Comment #32 by vasarius
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:46:25 AM
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will the games room be having 200 achivement points per game does that mean the cap on xbox live arcade be having its cap risen.also a good idea look forward to see what titles they bring out


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Comment #33 by Nismoskygtr5
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:53:54 AM
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there xbox live acrade 100 games include achievement too awesome game!!!!


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Comment #34 by II KaotiK
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:15:05 AM
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Yeah, Webb, does this carry over if you have Arcade games prior to this?


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Comment #35 by SproOve
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:33:52 AM
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nice idea but ripoff to my mind


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Comment #36 by WogDogg
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:34:52 AM
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@28 doesn't mean you shouldn't check them out, you might enjoy them!

If you think about this, compared to what people used to actually pay at arcades, the prices ain't so bad. If you're not fussed about playing it on your PC (personally I'm not but I'm sure some people are), then it's effectively 3 dollars to own one of these, right? That's 6 goes at 50 cents, and 50 cents to play one of these in the comfort of your own home is okay, I guess. But 3 dollars to own one? Sure, I'll pay that for a game I know I'll like!



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Comment #37 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:56:21 AM
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@#16/18 - You are indeed correct. I'll edit that now. Thanks =)

@#21 - Read the article.

@#23 - Read the article *facepalm*

@#34 - No word on that yet. I'd assume that they wouldn't charge you twice anyway.


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Comment #38 by eviltb
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 05:01:57 AM
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this is more accessable than MAME, for most people. Yes MAME is "free" and you can get the games you really want, but lets face it, they layman gamer isnt gonna know about MAME or how to get it running etc, so this is actually an excellent idea from MS.


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Comment #39 by chadokage
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 05:27:30 AM
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please please please bring project justice to the Game Room or just make it a XBLA download... I love that game


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Comment #40 by crewdy
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 05:40:19 AM
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Looks pretty awesome, as long as the range of games is worthwhile. The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy would make me use this in a second!


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Comment #41 by II JADEN II
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 05:45:34 AM
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Yaaaaaaaaay


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Comment #42 by Unibrow88
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:08:37 AM
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I want Sunset Riders :)


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Comment #43 by Grijpwijk
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:09:53 AM
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The early Atari stuff doesn't do it for me, but providing perfect ports of late-80s and 90s arcade(-exclusive!) games has potential. I'm thinking classic Sega stuff like Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder (1992) for example.


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Comment #44 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:29:09 AM
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@ 5

Precisely Batman!


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Comment #45 by shaun_carl
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:46:36 AM
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I like it, I think its going to be fun.


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Comment #46 by lxl3lindxl
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:52:13 AM
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Not up their buuuutttttttt,

Pole Position & Joust = FTW

I wounder if they'll implement use of an external steering wheel for games like Pole Position & Off Road? Not that I even have steering hardware right now, but if those game's do come around and can be played with an external steering wheel, well by god they're basically gonna be robbing me!


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Comment #47 by ThrustfulSteve
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:53:29 AM
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they just need to bring more better games out for xbla, old snes games like mario and zelda, i'd pay 800 points for them but these super old games shouldn't get a memory eating room to play them, these should be like 50-80 points same as indie games cause most indie games are better than the classic anyways

#40 good call on dizzy games


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Comment #48 by iHux
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:30:08 AM
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@47 that would be great we will just get in touch with licensing, yes hello Nintendo can we borrow mario and zelda? What your a major competitor to us and have a rival game console out? Great idea. Im sure Nintendo will be willing to give up their main character throughout all of history. If you want to play those games just get an emulator and rom for free.


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Comment #49 by General Boredom
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:53:41 AM
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I'm pretty stoked about this actually, even if it does sound a lot like PlayStation Home. I just hope they add some classic '90s arcade games since all the launch games are from the '80s.


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Comment #50 by r0ss renegade
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:55:14 AM
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id rather have more, better revamped games on xbla, but these might make a nice change!


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Comment #51 by masterlink55
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:00:47 AM
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@27 I agree. I'd also love to see the original Turtles in Time, not that there's anything wrong with Re-Shelled.


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Comment #52 by Xenodolf
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:02:40 AM
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-knuckle bumps #43- Man I wish Sega would give Revenge of Death Adder a port. I would pay $50 for it to have on-line co-op and achievements.

I also agree this needs more late 80s/early 90s games. I started playing in 89 with stuff like Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Final Fight, NARC, and eventually games like Sunset Riders, Pit Fighter, and Aliens (which won't get ported with X-Men, Alien vs. Predator, the Punisher, the Simpsons or any other licensed game sadly).

I also want to see less console games. You guys can buy a SNES or Dreamcast and whatever game you want for like $35 total while some of these arcade games have never been ported and deserve a chance to be played again!



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Comment #53 by LuisGa
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:06:07 AM
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but is 240 Microsoft points for a single game or is access to all the GAMMES !


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Comment #54 by Schism
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:08:07 AM
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"Well, Microsoft responded to that point before anyone even had the chance to bring it up." sounds like they knew....but i will give it a shot. Crystal Castles :P pshhhh they better put Pong :p and i agree with #20 $3 a game is a deal...also its only 40 points to play the damn game....if the achievements are really easy it should only take like two tries. Know i know what to do with all those odd left over points i have...(70pts....180pts...) i want me House of the Dead!!! jk


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Comment #55 by Thorpe
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:41:29 AM
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Seems ok but I wouldn't want to pay per play. I'd have to buy the game in one go.


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Comment #56 by Hells Zargon
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:42:08 AM
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Not interested at all to be honest. I mean it's not like these games are hard to find elsewhere. :/


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Comment #57 by Mister Buds
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:42:59 AM
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cool idea in theory, i'm not going to use it though. plus am i the only one that realizes paying $.50 everytime you want to play a game you've already bought is a huge rip-off?


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Comment #58 by ViolentStCannon
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:47:43 AM
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If my current arcade game can be turned into cabinets then I'll be looking forward to this. If not then I'll pass. They have the resources and cash to rival Home but choose not to. We'll have to see, I guess.


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Comment #59 by PoRTaLFieLD
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 08:52:35 AM
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$5 a game is pretty good, my only beef with buying arcade games and game updates is that it should just have a dollar amount, not a point amount. I hate when some game update comes out and its 800 points, and i have like 740.....then you have to buy another 500 minimum. that part of it doesnt make sense to me. I just think dollar amounts for EVERYTHING would make much more sense.


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Comment #60 by mjc0961
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:03:54 AM
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Haha, that's funny. Right as I was thinking it sounds like a slightly more useful version of Playstation Home (which is utterly useless, so I guess anything they came up with would have been slightly more useful really), the article points out that Microsoft already responded to that point before anyone could call them on it.

Maybe it's just because I've been up for about 17 hours or so, but I lol'd.


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Comment #61 by FlyingAce39
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:15:53 AM
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This looks really promising. I think it's a great idea, and the prices are just fine, but I wouldn't know which game to buy first. Most of the time, when I was at the arcade, it was at the 1989 TMNT machine. I've got that one AND Turtles in Time: Reshelled, so I probably won't dip into this. It's still an awesome idea and I might just explore the arcade anyway. :)


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Comment #62 by Aliasalpha
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:16:37 AM
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@57: if you buy the game, you play it free, the pay for play is for the games you don't own

So is it confirmed that there's no online multiplayer in this? Thats sort of the thing I was hoping for and that would get me to buy a fair ffew of these games so mates and I could play online.


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Comment #63 by Dale Denton
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:17:51 AM
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I find this to be really dumb...I can't wait to see how much they charge for everything too...250msp to move this game here, 120 msp to change this wall color, 80 msp to let you edit the aforementioned.


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Comment #64 by TheUglyCasanova
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:28:28 AM
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I sure did buy a new gen console to go back and play atari games and all.


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Comment #65 by Kyanite
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:28:31 AM
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This is a good idea and a good start, but I would like to see some actual games I used to play in the arcade. Bring on Mortal Kombat II, Killer Instinct, and Crazy Taxi!


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Comment #66 by ilRadd
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:35:55 AM
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I'm looking forward to the game room - there are some arcade games I'd love to get the chance to play again.

We'll see if it plays out as well as I hope it will.


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Comment #67 by DustinEC
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:59:55 AM
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@#47, since Mario and Zelda are already on the Wii Shop, and weren't really "arcade" games, I doubt we will ever see them in the Game Room.


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Comment #68 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:10:16 AM
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@#67- Plus they are owned by Nintendo... Microsoft's evil arch nemesis =O


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Comment #69 by pauly_27
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:13:45 AM
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"creepy attendant looking at your junk and what not"

Remind me never to go to Webb's local arcade.


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Comment #70 by InfraRedSkittle
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:19:20 AM
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LMAO wow, M$ said PS Home separates you from your games? HUH I don't know where that is remotely true. But this is exactly like home but with arcades but considering PS Home has this.. But true M$ there going to charge us for playing a mini arcade.. That right there is completely sad...


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Comment #71 by Billyraye
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:34:36 AM
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@20 Yeah, it's so easy to do that, it's not like there's a global recession happening or anything.

2 of the better games on the list (centipede/millipede) suck without a trackball. I don't know, 3 bucks for Atari 2600 games......you can buy used 360 games for 5 bucks with better depth and game play.


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Comment #72 by christiansteele
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:42:48 AM
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Can't wait for this. :) Going to be awesome.


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Comment #73 by smeckie
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 10:45:38 AM
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i hope they have dragons lair.


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Comment #74 by Mister Buds
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:12:19 AM
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@62, yeah, i misread the article.


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Comment #75 by shaggygamer
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:18:42 AM
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to make any game room complete their gonna have to add The Simpsons arcade


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Comment #76 by Skar46137
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:20:00 AM
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Like the games and achievements, but the game room itself seems stupid and pointless to me...like avatars and clothing. You will have to buy shit to decorate the room next. Hope you can just select the games from a list and play em.


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Comment #77 by MakoBallistic
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:21:00 AM
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So is this Microsoft's middle finger to Sony's home? if so, i like.


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Comment #78 by SuperWoody64
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:23:33 AM
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Can I scan in my original cartridges with Natal and play them without dropping 240msp?


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Comment #79 by SuperWoody64
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:28:18 AM
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Also. MICROSOFT, RELEASE THE GRID!!! I'm sure someone got the rights when Midway went belly-up, just toss them a couple bucks and purchase the IP.


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Comment #80 by Alexdelicious
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:29:14 AM
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I like the idea, but I imagine it's going to be like avatar items - you'll have to pay for the coolest items to "decorate" your game room... Which is essentially spending your money on something that's just, well, nonexistant. ;/ But hey, nobody's forcing me to spend money on it I suppose.


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Comment #81 by SuperWoody64
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:31:02 AM
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@#67, Mario was in the arcade, both Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. (also in donkey kong but everyone knows that already.)


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Comment #82 by Mickey Scouse
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:44:46 AM
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12. Super Cobra (arcade)
13. Red Baron (arcade)
Both these games im getting they should do a contract with sega because they had some awesome games like die hard arcade,virtue cop,house of dead series,Golden axe trilogy,Streets of rage trilogy and many more. I know you can already get the console versions of certain mega-drive (Genisus)games but there is a lot of arcade hits sega had, most are in japan and we had never seen the light of day (us and euro).


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Comment #83 by l.maciver
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:54:37 AM
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its a good idea, but i can see people buyin the games instead of payin 40 credits for one shot, unless you can complete that game in one shot that is.

#82, im surprised sega hasnt got many classic games on that. would love playin sega games that arnt on the live at the moment.


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Comment #84 by MasterKingz
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:57:47 AM
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£3 per game...


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Comment #85 by Webb [STAFF]
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:11:57 PM
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@#84 - No, $3, which is more like £1.85.


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Comment #86 by bloodelf007
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:36:36 PM
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people should just stop bitching about these things, if you don't want to use, well just don't, for fuck's sake


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Comment #87 by FoxGuy3001
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 12:40:17 PM
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Maybe if they had done it as a fee based service like GameTap I would be interested, but as it stands its hard to get excited about paying 5 bucks (or 3) a title for games that have been coming in compilation packs for years at $20 a pop.


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Comment #88 by geneon101
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:36:49 PM
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i dont reconize too many of those games.
also is the 30th game coming out with it a secret surprise? ^.^



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Comment #89 by APassingShadow
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 01:44:18 PM
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I called it !

http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=193690

Post #8 Last sentence


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Comment #90 by bapae
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:07:50 PM
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@36 it is .50 a go but you can kindda use it to try out the full version before you buy it to see if its even worth spending the points on


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Comment #91 by ChocoDK
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:15:46 PM
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I still think the Game Room looks like Home (more specifically a clone of the Mall in Home but a more cartoon look to it). The description also sound so much like Home too. But with that being said I think it looks nicer then Home and is a better concept in a way.

But I think the price points are a bit to high for my tastes. Then again I don't know many of these games but if they were to bring TMNT IV: Turtles in Time then I would buy it in a heart beat.


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Comment #92 by Gratefuljamhead
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:17:42 PM
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This is going to be sweet, I have some of these titles still for my 2600, communal gaming is making a comeback! The price is fair and reasonable...if they can just keep up the releases...


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Comment #93 by Paprikeh
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 02:39:50 PM
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For all of you who are like, "it's really old, 5 bucks is ridiculous."

Think about it this way, could you find these games at your game store? No. Could you find them online? Yes. HOWEVER, they are going to be extremely expensive, because they're classics. 5 bucks isn't a big deal, especially if you loved the game as a kid. It's not like MS is forcing you to buy every single game on here.


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Comment #94 by MartyMcFly
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:04:40 PM
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I like that I can access it for free, then when I want to play something I pay for it. Hell, in real life the games at the arcades are .50 cents anyway, so what the hell right?

At the arcades I've wasted more money on stupid kiddie games that give you tickets to buy stupid kiddie prizes anyway!


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Comment #95 by SkitchNM
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:24:44 PM
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It's 3 bucks, not 5, unless a lot of people plan on playing on both Games for Windows Live and XBL.


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Comment #96 by GUNSLiiNGER
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:29:56 PM
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I wonder if the pay per game option will also alow for achievements to be obtained.


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Comment #97 by NGGentertainment
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 03:51:16 PM
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@#68 but if Microsoft wanted to they could buy Sony and Nintendo in a second with there multi-billions.


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Comment #98 by genosox
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:00:17 PM
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I'll believe 1000 games when I see it. Anyone remember the promise that all Xbox games would be backwards compatible with the 360? Well, they haven't updated that list since November of 2007.


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Comment #99 by Hilaryduffgta
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:00:58 PM
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Not a bad idea..i kinda like it


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Comment #100 by EcT Felix
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:09:26 PM
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Well.. What the hell will the achievements be?


Buy 10 games - 35G


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Comment #101 by dirge
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:26:42 PM
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I love the idea just hope they get some newer old school games in it if you get me.


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Comment #102 by nukefarmer
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:28:31 PM
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Put in 50 cents get all 12 achievements in one run.... now that would be epic.


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Comment #103 by iJon72
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:33:04 PM
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I probably will get some. Looks good =].


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Comment #104 by litepink
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 04:54:19 PM
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#53- Just think about your statement for one second. Just think about it...

#100- I am guessing (although I could be wrong), that each game has their own achievements, rather than "Game Room" having achievements.


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Comment #105 by FatalFlaw810
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 05:18:38 PM
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@98: They haven't updated the list, but there are games NOT on that list that will let you play them on 360.

Anyways, I like this idea of game room, but i don't see myself spending much money on it.


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Comment #106 by newbsicle
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:13:26 PM
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People bitch because they want better things for the 360. There are so many great arcade games that Microsoft charges way too much for. Most of these games are in flash for the large price of free. Now if the games have achievements it's very probable people will buy them. If not then it will fail miserably.


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Comment #107 by SevenJesterHats
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:39:08 PM
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mortal kombat 1 or 2???????????????????


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Comment #108 by Beau Coup Dinky Dau
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 06:58:47 PM
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$3 for a game I can scoop out of a bargain bin in a bundle pack (Intellivision Lives! for example) or through an emulator for free? Forget it. I already bought a half-dozen "classic" games through LIVE for $5 to $10 a pop before I realized how stupid and gullible I was.

Pass.


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Comment #109 by nWo Member69
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:28:46 PM
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mortal kombat 1 or 2 ,3 ???????????????????


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Comment #110 by callmeclean
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:42:23 PM
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@97
Microsoft could not buy Sony and Nintendo in a heartbeat, Sony and Nintendo would obviously say no escpecially with all the success wii is having. Plus it would be bad for us because then Microsoft would have no competition and prices would go up!


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Comment #111 by Zenith94x
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:42:35 PM
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Where is the logical in blowing off $3 dollars for an old game when you can download onto your PC for free?


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Comment #112 by callmeclean
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 07:47:05 PM
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@111 because it has achievements and supports live(not multiplayer, being able to use stuff like part/guide) and live leaderboards


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Comment #113 by NoaAltwynn
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 09:06:25 PM
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@111 Because, despite the age of the game, some people like to pay for things instead of stealing them via pirating. I'll admit that I've played tons of games on emulators but to actually purchase and play those games was much, much more rewarding because I wasn't stealing.


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Comment #114 by jtcardsfan
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:02:08 PM
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For everyone complaining, get a job! Work for microsoft, you will make a ton of money :P


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Comment #115 by Gilganomics
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:47:55 PM
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I hope they aren't releasing these games in semi-chronological order as I'd like them to get into the dreamcast era, which means games like soul calibur could be compatible with this, but I don't know what their stance is on that.


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Comment #116 by warhammer666
Monday, January 11, 2010 @ 11:58:58 PM
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another scheme for MS to make money!!! MS needs to stop trying to line their pockets with money. Especially since the country is in a rescission!


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Comment #117 by easybot
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 12:00:09 AM
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totally gonna have to pick up an arcade stick or two for this.


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Comment #118 by Gilganomics
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 12:03:46 AM
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Also, why are so many people tripping on the price structure as if it was something new? 360 has been releasing old-school games (and I mean old) since the system's birth for 400 MS and higher, so....where's the beef? If you don't care about playing it on a PC filled with the pride of actually contributing to your beloved industry (emulator-free), then your paying almost half of what was normally expected of you. P.S. many game stores sell old school games for 2.50 and up (and it's getting harder to find those games at all), so it's not like MS is an innovator in the field or anything.


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Comment #119 by DustinEC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 01:23:08 AM
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@ #111
Because some of us don't live on the side of the road and can scrape up a measley $3.

And to the people saying MS could buy Nintendo in a heartbeat, yeah if MS wanted to spend every dollar they are worth lol.
Nintendo could sell a spoon for $5 and make billions just because it says Nintendo on it.


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Comment #120 by asilent boom
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 01:38:15 AM
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@116 You have no clue what your talking about. Microsoft is a business, and just like any business the concept is to make money. Microsoft isn't a charity.

I'll probably get a few of the games over time, but none of the launch titles interest me.


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Comment #121 by Seahawker835197
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 01:42:59 AM
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I think the idea/concept is really cool, only I'm bummed that the kinds of arcade games that I played as a kid won't be available (at least not yet). The Simpsons Arcade, Sunset Riders, House of the Dead, Crazy Taxi, The Grid, NFL Blitz, Silent Scope, GI Joe etc. I could go on and on.


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Comment #122 by RoyallFreshness
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 04:58:37 AM
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@110 i think some people forget that sony is not just a gaming company, they are equally as large as microsoft

@111 if your are speaking of emulators, good luck recovering your computer. also, you are paying to enjoy the xbox live community, and this is a good way for these companies to make a little extra money and keep their doors open and keep making the great retail titles you enjoy so much, including crap like MW2


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Comment #123 by Kitsune666
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 06:11:47 AM
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*sigh* what won't microsoft do to get more money..... I like retro games just like the next guy, but seems iffy to me. Microsoft could totally toss all of those on a disc and sell it as a game, or at least a bunch of titles as an arcade game....like the introductory 30 in one. plus 40MSP for a single play? that's way too much in my opinion, seeing how a full version is 400, and for that you can get some sweet content (most arcade games are about 800MSP,or1200MSP) What's next? Charging us to download and play demos? Because in a sense that is what microsoft is doing. If the games had trial versions- (so you can give the game a go to try if you like it, just like arcade games -you get achievemetns only if you have the full version) perhaps I'd believe, but otherwise no sale for me.


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Comment #124 by Its Fooga
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 06:56:47 AM
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I'm not saying I don't like classic games, but seriously these atari games are boring as hell. I can only really see older people spending cash on this for a trip down memory lane, not that there's anything wrong with that. Just doesn't seem like my cup of tea.


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Comment #125 by Murn
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 06:56:56 AM
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#123 - They aren't forcing you to buy it, it's just another option they offer, if you wanna relive those good old games. Which has been stated in the article and many times in the comments.
Anyway, I'll give this a go, there can't be any harm in it. And honestly, my expectations aren't that high, so I'll hopefully be rather surprised.


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Comment #126 by MediumMelanin
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 07:51:54 AM
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Sounds like they're ripping off Sony's HOME, but anyway, looks like a money drainer, seriously Micro$haft!? Anyway, I wouldn't be suprised to see them (M$) gaining money bags from this as there are people who will ACTUALLY pay 40MSP for this trash...just like those who buy avatar items, people never thought they'd buy them, but, oh look, they did...more stuff to get money, LOLZ!!



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Comment #127 by Swizzler
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 07:55:10 AM
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interesting though a bit pricey

Maybe throw up some spectrum classics like jetset willy, back to skool or chucky egg.

Lets hope we at least get jungle hunt or pitfall!


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Comment #128 by FlyingAce39
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 08:50:44 AM
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#120, I agree 100%. Microsoft is a business first. It takes a lot of work to design this, too much to just give away for free. And I don't think $3 is THAT bad per game. However, I don't think Microsoft needs to nickel and dime their customers that bad. I mean, they already make a huge profit in the Xbox's and everything that goes under that catagory. Not to mention they have the top selling computers in the world. They could afford to give away just a few of those titles away for free, just to give XBL members a sample of what the Microsoft Game room has to offer.


By the way, people, it's $3 for your 360 OR your computer. It's $5 for a purchase on both.

$3: Only 1 system

$5: Both systems (Xbox AND PC)

Easy enough to understand. It's not $5 for a purchase unless you want to


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Comment #129 by samjustsam
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:02:52 AM
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at 3 dollars for these old games im not gonna go crazy and buy a bunch. i will get a handfull maybe at first to help pimp my game room to my friends. but after that...i dont think i will get many more. although i would like to see Q*bert and a few others make it. the main thing here to me is the idea of having fun in this arcade like setting with your xbox live friends.


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Comment #130 by machonach0
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:18:56 AM
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@123.


Seriously? 50 cents is way to much for you? I'm just wondering how you are even on a computer if 50 cents is to much for you. I'm so tired of these comments, "Oh another scheme for microsoft to make money off of us."
They are NOT forcing ANYONE to buy ANYTHING. Obviously there is going to have to be a price tag, unless someone can tell me how to run a business that profits by giving things away for free. If you don't want it, don't buy it. It's that simple.


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Comment #131 by dont.explain
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:26:57 AM
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I can't believe anybody is complaining about $3 a game, seriously. I am 15, I earn $11 an hour... Essentially, if the games are good, I can buy 3 games and play 4 others for an hours pay and get more than an hour of enjoyment. If you bought an xbox, you can afford $3, really... AND if you don't value a game as worth $3 don't buy it, it's fairly simple. Just like buying games from gamestop...

In my opinion, each game should have a 1 level (or timed, or 1 play) demo which has no achievements before I spend my $3 on it for the same reason as any other demo.

The one thing that could ruin this arcade idea is the achievements, because if they have achievements that require multipul plays it's ruined. It needs to be all achievements you can get in 1/2 playthroughs but still a challenge. (th


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Comment #132 by InfraRedSkittle
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:50:14 AM
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@97 as of right now M$ would not be able to buy sony even if they could or wanted to.. Sony is worth more right now..


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Comment #133 by FireFist94
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 11:58:00 AM
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if a friend owns a game and he invites you to play it can you get achievements?


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Comment #134 by VladimirK
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 12:44:46 PM
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It's quite a nice idea.

But I think it'll be something that if it takes off and you get a bit hooked on it you could spend an absolute fortune without even properly realising that you have until after the 2nd set of 4200 points you buy.


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Comment #135 by prezskroob
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 01:14:07 PM
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Sounds good to me. Too bad we will never get old NES games for the service, there is some good ground for achievements in old NES games.
Your princess is in another castle-20g
Assemble the Triforce- 50g
Beat Ninja Gaiden, one life, no continues-100g


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Comment #136 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 02:06:04 PM
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I'm worried this won't be for child accounts...

Hopefully MS will give in to their money wanting nature and allow this for everyone. I could see them screwing child's accounts over again.


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Comment #137 by braddelo
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 02:35:25 PM
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Once again a bunch of people whining about other people's opinions. Okay, if someone thinks it is too expensive then don't even think for a fucking second that you have the right to tell them otherwise. "Go get a job"....really? That's appropriate. The last time I checked you had no idea who these people are.

Anyway, I think this a great idea, however a bit pricey indeed. BUT, I will undoubtedly pick up more than a few games.


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Comment #138 by asilent boom
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 03:02:54 PM
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@123 Microsoft is a business, they are doing what they are supposed to be doing which is making money. If you don't like this then don't buy any games and then it won't bother you, its common sense.

@128 thats a really ignorant comment, again Microsoft isn't a charity, because MS makes alot of money they should give customers something for free? LMAO, why don't you try EARNING money to buy the stuff you want instead of saying this should be cheaper or free because they already make enough money. If its to expensive then do without like everyone else or get a better job. I understand the economy is bad right now but that doesn't mean MS should give things away because you want it to be free.


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Comment #139 by Koto
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 03:28:28 PM
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I have some of those games listed already. I didn't see in the article whether I'd hafta buy again or not. I guess that may be 1 of those things we will find out later.


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Comment #140 by master_shake_350
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 03:29:58 PM
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That is quite nice that they will bring the price of some of the Arcade "Arcade" games down to 240 msp. But what if you have already bought one of the listed games? Will it appear in your game room?


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Comment #141 by bunny survivor
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 03:41:27 PM
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Some of those games are so old, whats the point.


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Comment #142 by Epic Henchman
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 05:14:52 PM
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well i for one am probably not going to bother playing on this much since most of these are so old that its going to be hard to squeeze any quality playtime out of it as they've been re-released so many times before, the only game i might get is warlords, thats when if or when it comes out. i think they should add in the various xbla games in there as well to liven it up a bit because nostalgia will only last so long.


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Comment #143 by JLogan27
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 05:26:34 PM
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$3 for a classic game? Sold on that. I loved my Intellivision back in the day and would love to play some of those oldies. Question though...Sea Battle and Armor Battle were 2-player games originally...I wonder if they will adapt to a 1-player game or if they will be Xbox Live only...?


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Comment #144 by shortpersonben
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 05:37:47 PM
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if they put any of the time crisis games i will act jizz myself :D


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Comment #145 by NaughtyNinja74
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 06:27:48 PM
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I want Pitfall


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Comment #146 by drworm75
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 07:44:08 PM
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Warning-

Do not play Time Crisis local multiplayer with #144.

Besides that...
Really, is $3 that much? Anyone bought a comic or even a cup of smegging coffee recently? How about going to a movie? Any game I buy from this service will yield a higher hours enjoied to dollars spent ratio than any of these things.


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Comment #147 by Badseed
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 07:56:13 PM
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I reckon i'll give it a look,sounds like a bit of of fun.

And to all those people complaining about this...

U all own a 360 don't u? U bought it or asked for it because u like the 360 right? and u must like Microsoft for u to actually get "online" true? Then why winge and complain about a company who obviously delivers fun for u? Of course they have to charge "50c" here and "$3" there, u want them to keep maintaining it and adding more content don't u? And it's practically nothing for the endless fun u get for buying the game that u must have an interest in the 1st place. I mean why do people complain about a game or a service that they're not gunna buy anyway?


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Comment #148 by Acid Mother
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 08:21:51 PM
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Instead of charging $5 for a game that's older than I am, how about we can spend gamerpoints like an earned currency on these things? That godforsaken number just keeps adding up, and for what? There's no leaderboards for GS. Give GS a purpose already, MS!

Honestly $5 is steep for these games, you guys know the quality of those titles compared to standards nowadays, right? I won't play any of them longer than 10 minutes.


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Comment #149 by Acid Mother
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 08:25:11 PM
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And for any of those who don't know the technicalities behind it; MS aren't changing a thing to the original games. The only thing MS would be credited with creating is the 'arcade' itself, and that's going to be free to download, so why are we all already agreeing to pay MS for a glorified emulator?!


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Comment #150 by DarthRandalNC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:21:52 PM
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I'm kinda on the fence with this thing. When they start delving into the late '80's through the mid '90's with this, I really hope we see the triple-A titles most of us arcade junkies know and love.

Also, part of an arcade's original appeal was, as stated previously, huddling around the actual cabinets themselves, sitting in the seat for driving games, holding a plastic light gun for shooting games, etc. You're not gonna get that with a 360 controller or any combination of accesories, unless you've got a lot of floor space in your house and plenty of free time on your hands. I'm afraid some of the older games will get boring rather quickly with this type of setup, even if they have achievements.

I do like the idea of being able to drop in 50 cents and play, but at that point and de


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Comment #151 by DarthRandalNC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:25:08 PM
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Didn't realize I would get cut off...

I do like the idea of being able to drop in 50 cents and play, but at that point and depending on the title, it might end up feeling like paying to play a demo. Where's the seperation at that point?

Three bucks seems like a reasonable price, but I don't quite get the extra cost for duel platform accessibility. Seems like something that Gold Members would get for free.

Anyone happen to know which licenses we'll see, outside of Atari and Intellivision?


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Comment #152 by SixSticks
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 09:58:21 PM
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Just tell me when E.T. (2600) comes out so I can spend all of my points on it's coin slot.


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Comment #153 by mattblasto
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 10:25:16 PM
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why would i pay to play games you can play free online?


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Comment #154 by SuperWoody64
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 @ 11:22:39 PM
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#130, Google, Facebook, Napster... all of these people made billions selling nothing and charging nothing from their customers. I win.


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Comment #155 by JJMUG
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 12:50:16 AM
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@160
They sold Advertising space, you lose try again. unless you have never noticed the ADVERTISING its right on Google's front page (this is under the search bar)
Advertising Programs - Business Solutions - About Google.
Facebook also does the same thing, http://www.facebook.com/advertising/, Napster http://www.napster.com/advertise.html. SO not only do you lose, but you may ned to learn about business.


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Comment #156 by Nekro Neko
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 08:32:15 AM
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If you bought a game already that's in this game room, does that mean I already own it ready for this update, or will they want to fleece me and try and get me to get it again a second time?


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Comment #157 by FlyingAce39
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 09:03:45 AM
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#138: I can see from your point of view. While I might seem like I was, I wasn't trying to be ignorant. I just worded my comment wrong. What I meant to say was that Microsoft is going about this the wrong way. If they charge $.50 just to play the game one time, that's understandable. It's in arcade style. It should have an arcade machine-style payment system. However, if you look at their Xbox Live Arcade, you can download a free demo (with 1 level) to try out. That's an awesome thing to do. Nobody's talking about giving away stuff, even though I may have said "They should give away some titles for people to try", but after thinking about it, I messed up what my comment really meant. This may be arcade-style, but it's not an arcade. It's an Xbox 360. People will complain if they spend even


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Comment #158 by G34RZ22
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:07:34 AM
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EVERY FEATURE THEY TALK ABOUT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BELIEVE ME JUST LIKE THEY SAID ABOUT PHOTO PARTY EG THAT WE COULD SHARE viDeOS ON IT


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Comment #159 by dd316
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 10:29:13 AM
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Crystal Castles = SOLD!


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Comment #160 by Leone Phelps
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 02:29:37 PM
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Wait so are the consoles up ther microsoft consoles? Will they only add games that were on microsoft consoles?? >:[ All I had were nintendo ones lol I hope if they add nintendo games they add earthbound because that is by far the best old school game EVER created.


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Comment #161 by JustinLucius
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 02:55:09 PM
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Pretty Cool!!


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Comment #162 by xKTAx Ultimo
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 03:10:50 PM
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@155 saying @160...FAIL!!! The only difference between this and PS Home is you PAY to play and you can still interact with others.....whoop-dee-doo!!!!


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Comment #163 by sleepydumbdude
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 03:19:45 PM
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@8 Yeah Thats the only one on the list I am for sure getting. Love me some Yars Revenge.


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Comment #164 by Nekro Neko
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 05:59:34 PM
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Thinking about it, I would like to see Neo Geo games on here


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Comment #165 by frank9080
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 07:13:16 PM
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Real Sports Tennis FTW


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Comment #166 by SuperWoody64
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 @ 09:42:05 PM
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#155, how much did it cost you to use any of those programs? Just checking.


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Comment #167 by Fredy29
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 08:35:44 AM
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1000 games with more achievement points? gee...


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Comment #168 by BurningBlaze21
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:24:28 PM
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way too expensive to really get into this. Lower those prices holyy shinitzel.


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Comment #169 by dorkzilla123
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 12:27:00 PM
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atari 2600 games with achievements... FTW


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Comment #170 by ItsTyrique
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 03:48:08 PM
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the design kinda looks like ps home


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Comment #171 by xI VARSITY
Thursday, January 14, 2010 @ 11:22:34 PM
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RIP OFF. YOU CAN ALREADY GET MOST OF THESE GAMES FOR THE PC FOR FREE ANYWAY, 1980s arcade games, microsofts old farts running out of original ideas yet again. this rubbish should be completely free. Anyone who buys any of this is a mug, plain and simple.


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Comment #172 by AngrySalad
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 09:17:35 AM
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So, when do the 2600 versions of "E.T." and "Raider's of the Lost Ark" show up?


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Comment #173 by doomey
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 09:39:09 AM
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I noticed some of the games have already appeared on xbla, will the people who have already purchased the titles have to pay again??


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Comment #174 by JT Gregory
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 01:01:43 PM
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and if you already have some of the gamees that will feature in the arcade room? will they just appear straight away in there?


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Comment #175 by ERIKDOTCOM
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 07:41:32 PM
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So, do we have a confirmation of achievements?


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Comment #176 by Wiihalofan
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 08:09:50 AM
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@175
There's a trailer on the dashboard and a clip shows an achievement popping up.

Also... Cannot simply wait for this. Hopefully it comes out with more games I recognize.


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Comment #177 by Tufty
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 01:25:16 PM
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@53
It'400/240 per game, which is the sole reason I won't be picking this up. This is a bigger con than Minesweeper Flags, which I regrettably bought.


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Comment #178 by Mugen510
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 04:10:23 PM
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Looks pretty cool!!Cant wait!


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Comment #179 by Jay101000101100
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 12:46:23 PM
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Sounds like a big con to me


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Comment #180 by alexsimms
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 02:13:09 PM
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Awesome. This is a great addition to an already impressive gaming console.


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Comment #181 by douch-bag
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 02:42:33 PM
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Im going 2 wait and see sounds cool but there really doesnt seem to be to much of a difference with whats in place know. Besides a room that people could look at and the way it seems not be able to touch un doubt it.


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Comment #182 by Rook Riot
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 03:52:07 PM
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Sounds Epic!

Achievements are a must IMO.


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Comment #183 by iiLUSiiONzZ
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 04:07:32 PM
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So they can cross platform pc to xbox, and vise versa. So why not ps3 to xbox 360 and vise versa. Then (off topic but still) all COD 360 players can own the nooby ps3 players. I reackon if they wanted to they could, but theres no money in it for them.


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Comment #184 by Dr Illmatik
Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 08:56:52 PM
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Man that sound like it will be cool.


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Comment #185 by Mordhaus
Monday, January 18, 2010 @ 03:59:12 AM
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Are people out there really DYING to play these? Sure, they are classic games, but most of them you can find on the net as flash games. And if your argument for that is that it's not the same experience... well, neither is this besides the fact that you are paying them for it.

I was excited and expecting to see some quality arcade titles here, but all I got was a nostalgia bomb that i've seen 100 times before.


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Comment #186 by ultratog1028
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 06:39:31 PM
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wait, so if i want to watch my avatar play castle crashers i'd have to buy it again? just to watch my avatar play it? pass. i already spent $20 on it.


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Comment #187 by ultratog1028
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 06:42:08 PM
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oh crystal crashers sorry mistake.

still this ranks up there with avatar items (that need to be purchased) as one of the dumbest things i've seen microsoft do.

soon they'll be charging us money everytime we unlock an achievement


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Comment #188 by kfitz9
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 04:16:47 AM
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Extra services are nothing to complain about assholes!
I just hope that they have maybe 5 or ten games free so you can sample it!


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Comment #189 by SN1P3RSTU113
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 10:20:02 AM
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@#24 yeah galaga was an awesome game :D


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Comment #190 by kgould01
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 02:13:09 PM
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i dont think im gonna play any of these. well atleast not gonna buy any.


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Comment #191 by seahn
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 06:51:43 PM
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hope this turns out well, it seems to have some great ideas, although i would prefer an actual coin insert rather than having to stock up on MSP just so i can make these little $0.50 micro transactions (il be purchasing games im sure, but il try the $0.50 thing once or twice, and if i like it maybe more)


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Comment #192 by DarkSuperior
Friday, January 22, 2010 @ 07:36:29 PM
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this is complete bullsh*t they always want more fu**ing money even though their a multi-billion dollar company this bullsh*t when do we get free stuff for all the $50 a year you guys make off of everyone that has a gamertag and $5-$15 per arcade title and $60-$70 for a brand new game total disgrace no matter what greed will always win i envy that haha


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Comment #193 by chaosmaster074
Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 01:32:03 PM
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This is horrible bull****, and I'll tell you why.

Remember before DLC let companies know they could charge us absurd amounts of money for 20+ year old games? Remember when you could pick up a classic game compilation of 10-20 games for a budget $30 tops? Back then the companies didn't think we'd pay through the nose for their old works, considering a freakin 5 year old game could sell for no more than 6 dollars. And those compilations were never talked about. Nowadays, its the next big thing, and that means more money for the same product. Game stores gave these same games away for free or threw them out. Yesteryear you could get a Mario Bros. AND Duck Hunt cart for a quarter, now Nintendo's charging five bucks for one of those in digital form. FIVE BUCKS. If you pre-ordered Legend of Z


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Comment #194 by chaosmaster074
Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 01:34:13 PM
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(cont'd)
If you pre-ordered Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for Gamecube, it gave you a collectors disc for FREE that contained TWO N64 games and TWO NES games. They gave away FOR FREE what today they would charge $30 for, more than half the cost of the game that was pre-ordered. Its so stingy nowadays it won't let me demo a game that came out when I was a kid for more than 30 seconds before forcing me to buy or get lost. Sometimes developers would even throw in the classic game(s) as a free bonus for buying the most recent game in a series. Old games, as intangible digital content with no collector's value, are actually becoming more expensive. That's bull****. Idiot nostalgia slaves will undoubtedly buy them, unfortunately. And this isn't even mentioning emulation, which enables anyone


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Comment #195 by chaosmaster074
Sunday, January 24, 2010 @ 01:36:08 PM
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(cont'd)
who wants to to download hundreds of dollars (at today's prices) worth of older games in seconds. Stick to the original consoles, if at all possible. There are plenty of ways online to buy the same original games for pennies. This should be free to Gold members, I can't really see how I get my money's worth without them ransoming the ability to host your own online games.


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Comment #196 by S1N1ST3R II X17
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 11:28:40 AM
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Mortal Kombat 1 and 2, and maybe even 4 or bust. God only knows why the F-U-C-K they haven't put out either 1 or 2, or 1 and 2 yet. They were 2 of the most successful arcade games of the 90s.

They came out with a 2nd Street Fighter, coming out with a 2nd King of Fighters game, now it's time for a 2nd Mortal Kombat, A-Fucking-SAP


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Comment #197 by Blockburner83
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 06:01:03 PM
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#27and #30 agreed totally


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Comment #198 by Invader999
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 @ 07:43:04 PM
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I can confirm that Game Room does have achievements. In the CES 2010 video for this on Inside Xbox, during a game of Tempest, an achievement popped up on the screen. This achievement was called My First Medal, and it was 5G. The video also shows a screen with some medals on it. These are are the medals they wr probably talking about. Something tells me one of the games will have a medal for multiple playthroughs of the game. In this case, don't expect to get all the achievements of a game on one try.


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Comment #199 by Akumario
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 11:04:59 AM
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all i hope to see is:
street fighter alpha 3
contra 1 , 2 and 3 from nes and snes, those ones are the best.
metal slug
xmen 4 players
Simpson 4 players
P.O.W (prisoners of war)
TOKI the little monkey
prehistoric island 1
mortal kombat 2
marvel vs street fighter
xmen vs street fighter
snk vs capcom
capcom vs snk 2
i hope i can see this games on this year, Xbox Live HIRE ME TO PICK UP YOUR ARCADES , trust me every Wednesday will be a sky rocket of Ms points for you...


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Comment #200 by PolaSoup
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 06:23:41 PM
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Sounds cool, looking forward to seeing it!


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Comment #201 by ShazamFTW
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @ 03:07:27 PM
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Hey, the math is simple.

If the games that don't exist yet have achievements, my arcade room is going to be REALLY full... lol. (because the cat above mentioned Tempest as proof, but that already exists in X-Box world. I'm looking at the "newer" ones that will come available with this, like Yar's Revenge & such.

However, as my roommate would be just as prone to buy these as I would, do these have the same things as regular arcade games that are downloaded in that if he buys one, I get to play it and vice versa? If so, I have a feeling all 30 are getting bought day one.

I don't mind cash grabs as long as I get some thing out of it, which completing 30 arcade games sounds pretty bad ass to me! :-p

And as much as I'm hearing the whole "let's have arcade games from the late 90's"


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Comment #202 by mr_esteem
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 12:27:00 AM
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$3 a game isn't really a big deal especially since you get the arcade cab and supposedly perfect translation. (the sound in TRON is eeh... at best) I'll certainly only buy a few that I havn't already. Now I know what to do with the $300 I saved by NOT buying a P$3 in addition to my 360. :D


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Comment #203 by L3gendary92
Monday, February 01, 2010 @ 12:42:21 AM
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Wow... this could be interesting I suppose


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