November 2011

COPS: The Arcade Game

“What ya gonna do when they come for you?”

There are many television shows that have been popular within this century. As a result of their popularity, these shows have been turned into fun arcade video games. One such television show is COPS. The COPS television series first aired on March 1989. The series involved watching police officers carry our car chases and arrests of suspected criminals. It is thought to be one of the longest television programs on Fox Television.

Arcade Games Lead to Gaming Addiction

"The truth of the matter is that this is a behavioral disorder which should be treated seriously."

Studies have revealed that the average age of a gaming addict is 37.  This will be surprising to many people as it is often assumed children and teenagers suffer from this problem.  While there has been a significant increase in addiction amongst teenagers, people in their 30s are more likely to be obsessed with gaming.

Television Programs As Arcade Games: The Simpsons Family

The Simpsons is a well-known television program that has been created into an arcade game. As an animated television series, each episode showed us the lives of the Simpson Family: Marge, Homer, Lisa, Bart and Maggie. The program first aired on television in 1987 on Fox Television.
There are many games available for the Simpsons, but the official game is called “The Simpsons: The Arcade Game”. It was created for the Commodore 64 and PC DOS computers. As an arcade game, the game's storyline is not hard to understand.

The Modern Joystick

Most classic gamers will remember playing games at the arcade using joysticks.  Atari Interactive hoped to help nostalgic fans relive these days by publishing an app for iOS devices.  This app is called "Atari's Greatest Hits"

While Atari did their best to recreate the look of the games it was not 100% successful.  When push comes to shove the memory of playing classic games cannot be emulated by using a touchscreen iPad or iPhone.  Many players longed for the joysticks and buttons of the old Atari games.

The company Discovery Bay Games is planning on resolving this problem by releasing an accessory called "The Atari Arcade - Duo Powered".  This fun new toy turns the iPad into an arcade game.  It does this by replicating an analog console which has a joystick and buttons.

This item can be purchased from a few different stores.  At present it is being stocked by Toys R Us, Apple and Target.  The product works by sliding the iPad into a dock and locking the console onto its side.  This holds the game securely in place.  This is helpful for those who get overexcited while playing a game.

While this accessory will not replicate the old games exactly it is a good substitute.  The games can be downloaded for free online.  Some people may opt to purchase a bundle of games however this is not necessary as there is a wide range of free games available.  Many of the games are replicas of old favorites but there are some new arcade style downloads out there for those who want to try them.