Saturday, September 03, 2016

Aaah Nostalgia – New Retro Arcade: Neon

If you haven't guessed already, I live vicariously through Dan's YouTube channel.

Huzzah, and thanks for making it through another personal, quote-unquote emotional personal post previously. If that entry no longer exists, you dodged a bullet. Let's continue!

Digital Cyberberries, great name by the way, has absolutely nailed it on the head with this one. They put out New Retro Arcade: Neon on August 1st, and I'm telling you. This is an absolute beauty. If you watch Nerd³'s video posted above, you get to see a humourous walkthrough of the entire area. I'm someone who grew up with arcades and Dave & Buster's, so this really brings back great memories, but what also makes this amazing is the customization.

If you have any ROMs on your computer, you're able to upload them to the custom arcade boxes. You can also change the look of the machines using PNGs, which – oh man. If you've ever wanted to have your own customized arcade machine, consider this your step closer to greatness. Plus, this is also cheaper. I feel as if this could be a great tool for retro game developers, you know. You could test your game on two fronts: through an actual arcade and with VR. I know there's a bit more technical bits to go with it (so, so much more technical), but that's just my wishy-washy approach on this game's derivative IDE potential, but enough of that.

Another thing I really like is that you can also upload files or link via YouTube to play videos on the virtual VHS tapes. (Fun fact: I still own a bunch of VHS tapes. They're all in storage right now, but soon, I shall procure a VCR and play the tapes of old. It's gonna be great.) You can walk around single player, but there is a functionality to play this game with six-person online multiplayer. This is really good if you have friends you're far away from, or if you want to do something late at night without actually going out.

Don't worry; if you don't have VR equipment, you can play this game without it! So don't let that stop you; at least take a browse, watch their Steam videos, and let your nostalgia make the decision. If you've never experienced an arcade playground, hoho! This is a good way to experience it. It does lack the ambient noise of other players, but if you rather like it that way, then hey. Even more reason to look into this.

There are some features still in development, and I absolutely believe that this is worth checking out.

New Retro Arcade: Neon is available on Steam for Windows with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift support. Check out Digital Cybercherries' OHP. Once again, please visited Dan (aka Nerd³) on YouTube, twitter, and Patreon and show him some love. (Watch his Patreon video, by the way. It's bloody brilliant.) No matter where you go, remember: tell them GDR sent you.

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