At a Glance:Though this re-release of the classic Simpsons arcade game may inspire pleasant bouts of nostalgia on the surface, its dated gameplay, mechanics and references make this title one that should probably remain a distant memory.
If you ask me, classic game ports should do at least one of two things: generate fond memories or somehow withstand the test of time. Thank Jebus, then, that Konami’s The Simpsons Arcade Game is a quarter-eating classic; it’s a piece of shit by modern standards.
The GUFUyourself Podcast crew is back with another episode of the GUFUyourself Brocast. Join the crew, Gagan, Justin, Christopher, Ben (Bruce) and a newcomer Tom as we discuss the next generation of gaming, what we’ve been playing recently, Resistance 3, The Darkness II, Saints Row The Third DLC, Resident Evil 6 and SOPA and PIPA, Kingdoms of Amular and the general sense of lameness that was the month January in terms of new game releases. But nevertheless, we manage to make it interesting.
[Occasionally this author likes to rant about video gaming, or specifically how he's finding the latest releases. But with a season of nothing at present, he's decided to shout about the PSV instead.]
In the tender weeks that have enveloped this gaming drought, there have been several stories. We’ve had the Xbox 720 rumors, and the Wii U talk, alongside the typical talk that accompanies such a period in gaming.
But we’ve also had the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s latest handheld invention, and it’s somewhat muted reception in it’s native Japan. Across numerous message boards posters have been sounding the death knells for this young machine. But are we being hasty? Are we jumping the figurative gun?
Release Date: Late 2013-Late 2014
Microsoft is the most successful game company out of the big three at the moment thanks to Kinect. According to Microsoft, they have shipped 66 million Xbox 360 consoles and 18 million Kinect systems worldwide. They have been the best-selling console of each month in North America since the release of the Xbox 360 Slim model and have escalated since the release of Kinect. Top-selling franchises such as Call of Duty, Gears of War, and Dance Central continue to be a powerhouse for the Xbox brand, winning over both casual and hardcore audiences with their library.
However, many gamers have been complaining about the lack of non-Kinect exclusives for the 360. The only two notable first-party games that released last year were Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4, and the only non-Kinect first-party game being released this year is Halo 4. It seems like Microsoft is focusing more on capturing the casual audience while leaving the more hardcore experiences for the third-party companies.