An oft-forgotten, but no less influential monument of classic video games, the space flight simulator Elite made many innovations of its time, including a procedurally generated world, stunning 3D graphics, and even a related novella that accompanied the game. Without Elite, games like EVE Online or World of Warcraft may not even exist. A few sequels were made in the '90s, and were just okay. A rebooted fourth game, Elite 4, has been in development for many years now, but is currently on hold. Here's hoping that is changed sooner rather than later.
Namco's 1983 arcade title featured a cute little mouse police officer who had to chase down burglar cats. It was addictive, simplistic, and pretty fun. Those are all good things, in case you've forgotten. To be honest, I'm not quite sure how Mappy would translate to the modern gaming market, but its core tenets remain strong today. Also, it's a little police mouse. Come on.
A critically acclaimed adventure title with a wildly intelligent story, The Prisoner told an Orwellian tale about living in an increasingly technological and socially claustrophobic world. Heavy stuff, to be sure. Mature adventure games like The Walking Dead have been making a comeback as of late, and with more and more people growing disillusioned with the state of world affairs, releasing a spiritual successor to The Prisoner could prove quite effective.
Can you ever get tired of robots? Either way, a reboot of Robotron: 2084 would probably be a great treat to retro fans everywhere. Often credited with popularizing the twin-stick shooter, 2084 was manic, difficult, and creative. The original was such a classic that some may have reservations toward ever messing with it, but if handled by the right people (they'd need the blessing from creators Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar, of course) the results might just be fantastic.
Perhaps no arcade game defines the '80s as well as Tron. No more movie tie-ins, no more half-hearted attempts—the opportunity for a dedicated Tron game exists right here, right now, and any dev who can successfully capitalize on that cult film magic is in for real success. Light cycles, people, light cycles.
Date: September 21, 2012
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