Midway Arcade brings a classic gaming arcade to your iPhone

One of the great things about having grown up with video games and then writing about iOS apps is that all my favorites seem to eventually be playable on my phone. I wrote about Atari's Greatest Hits some time ago, but even though I liked seeing some of the old classics on my phone, the controls were flawed. Though they were playable, most of the games didn't really live up to my memory of them.

Yes, I know I'm probably looking at my youth through rose-colored glasses, but in this case it's true--the control issues really took away from the games.

Today, another group of classic arcade games were made available on iOS, and this time they might have the control schemes (mostly) worked out. Midway Arcade (99 cents), out today, takes a lot of those classic games from the '80s and gives you some touch-screen options that work somewhat better, though it's still not perfect (Rose-colored glasses again? Maybe). This 99-cent game features Joust, Defender, Rampage, Spy Hunter, Arch Rivals, Root beer Tapper, and then some other more interactive games one would usually find at classic arcades like, air hockey, basketball quick-shot games, billiards, and Roll Ball (a Skee Ball clone). You have the option to buy two more 99-cent packages of games through in-app purchase. The Adventure Game Pack includes Gauntlet 1 and 2, and Wizard of Wor. The Action Game Pack comes with NARC, Total Carnage, and APB.… Read more

He's on fire! NBA JAM returns, coming to Wii

Arguably the best arcade sports game of all time, NBA JAM will be make a comeback in 2010. The 1993 classic featured 2-on-2 basketball with over the top dunks, flaming basketballs, shattering backboards, and little regard for the rules of the game. It was also one of the first games to feature commentary that sneaked its way into mainstream pop culture.

EA Vancouver, the game's developer, has promised to stay true to the original all while delivering a fresh take on the franchise. These updates include "true-to-life body types, updated physics and visible player emotion."

While developer … Read more

Midway Games presses reset with bankruptcy

Midway Games has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

A recent "change in ownership triggered accelerated repurchase obligations relating to two classes of Midway debt, which Midway anticipated it would be unable to satisfy," the company said Thursday in a statement. In December, Midway announced that investor Sumner Redstone sold an 87 percent stake in the company to Mark Thomas in exchange for $100,000 and the assumption of $70 million in debt.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision," Midway CEO Matt Booty said in a statement of the bankruptcy filing. "We have been focused … Read more

Report: Redstone to sell Midway Games stake

National Amusements, a media and entertainment company controlled by Sumner Redstone, is expected to announce on Monday that it sold its majority stake in Midway Games, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Redstone reportedly sold the 87 percent stake to investor Mark Thomas, in exchange for $100,000 and the assumption of $70 million in secured and unsecured debt.

The transaction, while expected to result in a loss in excess of $800 million for Redstone, is expected to yield a substantial tax break for the media and entertainment investor, according to the Journal.

And for Redstone, that … Read more

E3 2007: 'John Woo Presents Stranglehold'

We've seen games based on movies and movies based on games, but less common is a game that serves as a sequel to a movie, bringing together the director and star for a reunion in the digital realm. Director John Woo and actor Chow Yun Fat have both contributed to this pseudo sequel to the 1990 international hit Hard Boiled, which itself inspired pretty much every game where a character leaps through the air with a blazing pistol in each hand.

Similar to games such as Max Payne, Stranglehold follows Chow Yun Fat's police inspector on the trail … Read more

E3 2007: 'BlackSite: Area 51'

It's not the most auspicious start to a game's marketing plan when the publisher tells you that it hopes to get some runoff sales from the 800lb. gorilla that is Halo 3. Still, it's not like there isn't room for another sci-fi-themed first-person shooter, but the Area 51 brand name has been squandered on a series of dated arcade light-gun games and forgettable console shooters over the years; clearly it's not going to pose much of a sales threat to Master Chief and company this September.

And yet, on maybe the second or third hands-on … Read more

Spring video game fling

The spring thaw has begun, and with that, video game publishers make their annual pilgrimages out to the East Coast to show off the latest builds of upcoming games. We got a chance to get hands-on with several high-profile titles (and some fairly obscure ones) that are sure to eat up many hours of your leisure time later this year.

John Woo's Stranglehold, from Midway, is a buzz-heavy game, bringing together the talents of not just the famed Hong Kong director, but also his action star muse Chow Yun-Fat. It's full of HK-style slow-motion gunfights and is reminiscent, … Read more