Some additional notes from yesterday’s Midwest Gaming Classic:
* I avoided it for years because I heard they were 90% pinball machines. That must have changed because they had tons of arcade machines to match the pinballs machines and playable versions of every system that was ever released.
* I played Donkey Kong on a Tandy computer. I haven’t used a Tandy computer since middle school.
* They had an actual Fix It Felix arcade game. That was fun to see.
* Despite how ginormous the Atari Jaguar controller is, it’s surprisingly light and fits comfortably in your hand. Dare I say it’s more comfortable than the Playstation controller? I never knew they made NBA Jam on the system - so I sat down and played NBA Jam on the Atari Jaguar, which may have been the most 90s thing I’ve done this year.
* Got to play Haunted Castle, which was the first arcade game in the CastleVania series. Also, does anybody remember Aladdin’s Castle arcade? They had some Aladdin’s machines and signage up. It took me back to my childhood and dropping loads of quarters into that place while visiting the mall.
* Fact - nobody looks cool using an Oculus Rift. But damn is it fun to use. I got to try one out for the first time. I’ve always been intrigued, but skeptical of VR. It’s like 3D to me - too gimmicky and plagued with issues. But Oculus Rift has eliminated the usual lag time that kills VR and with the headset wrapped around your head, it sure feels like you’re in there. I used the roller coaster demo and a couple of times, my stomach actually got queasy and it felt like I was actually on one. If they could combine that with the motion cameras of Xbox and Playstation, video gaming could become a fully-emersed and full-bodily-controlled experience.
* The Power Glove was a piece of shit, but I’ve still never owned one, and I still get as giddy when I see one in the wild as I did back in the 80s. Some day.