Documentary Explores Untold History of Arcade Giant Midway Games – Game Freaks 365

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Igrewupplayingvideogamesinarcades。

ChuckECheesewasafavoritehangoutwithitsmixofarcadevideogamesandcarnivalgames。

Hourswerespentusinguptokensandcollectingticketsforprizes。

MydadprobablyspenthundredsofdollarsovertheyearsatChuckECheesealone。

Theearly90swasstillagoldenageforarcades。

WhileIwasbusystickingtothemorekid-friendlyTeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesII:TheArcadeGameandTheSimpsonsArcadeGame,olderkidswereplayingStreetFighter,MortalKombatandSmashTV。

AttheepicenterofitallwastheChicago-basedMidwayGames。

Oneofthelastgreatarcadecompanies,MidwaywasresponsibleforedgytitleslikeMortalKombatandSmashTV,aswellasfanfavoriteslikeGauntlet,NBAJam,NFLBlitz,Rampage,SpyHunterandCruisnUSA。

AnewdocumentaryaimstotelltheuntoldhistoryofMidway。

MidwaywasmyfirstindustryjobandIjustcouldntbelieveIwasgoingtobeworkinginthesamebuildingasEugeneJarviswhomadesomeofthebestgamesofthe80s,saysJoshTsui,thecurrentpresidentofRobomodo,whoisbehindthedocumentary。

OtherssuchasEdBoonandMarkTurmellwerealreadyabouttobecomelegendsandeveryoneknewit。

Sobeingamongstthesegiants,Iknewitwasaspecialplace。

Seeingthegamesthatwerecomingout,Iknewitwasaspecialtime。

EvenbackthenIwasmentallyrecordingeverythingbecauseitalreadyfeltlikehistoryinthemaking,Tsuiadds。

Thiswasatransitionaryperiodforgaming。

Homeconsoleswereontheupswingwithincreasinglypowerfulgraphics。

Withinafewshortyears,theywouldevenofferentertainmentoptionslikeCDmusicplayback。

PlayStation,Nintendo64andSegaSaturnwouldusherin3Dgamingtomainstreamaudiencesforthefirsttime。

Arcadesusedtobeatthecuttingedgeofvideogames。

Takingadvantageoftheirlargecabinetsforadvancedchipsets,arcadegamesmanagedgraphicsthathomeconsolescouldnotmatch。

Thatadvantagebegantoslowlyslipawayasthetechnologyevolvedtoallowformorepowertobepackedintosmallerdevices。

Arcadesbecameanichemarketandthousandsofthemshuttheirdoorsforgood。

ThearcadedivisionofMidwayclosedin2001amidtheprecipitousdropinarcadegamerevenue。

Midwayrefocusedonhomeconsolesandhandhelds,releasinganumberofcriticallyacclaimedtitlesincludingTheSufferingandPsi-Opsbuteventuallyranoutofcashandsadlywentoutofbusiness。

TheshortformhistoryofMidwaymissesthehumancomponentofthearcadeindustry,though,whichiswhyitsgreattoseesomeoneaspassionateaboutthecompanyasJoshTsuidoadocumentaryonthesubject。

ThedocumentarytitledInsertCoin:InsideMidways90sRevolutionwillincludeinterviewsofdeveloperswhomadesomeofthemosticonicarcadegamesofthe1990s。

TheKickstartercampaignhopestoraise$75,000fromfans。

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