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In the eighties, an average pacman game lasted about two minutes. Some people play better than others and some games last longer than others.  If your favorite video game arcade is Missile Command, or if you’ve seen that episode in Chuck where they beat the world record, you might have a geekasm

Chuck VS Tom Sawyer – image courtesy of



Retrogamers certainly remember the arcade classic Asteroids released by Atari in arcades in 1979 – ported to home console Atari 2600 in 1981.

Well, its back. Stronger, better, and in Virtual Reality.

Attack of the boulders – oculus rift screen view. Image courtesy of

Attack of the Space Boulders is a new take on the same base idea: the player is in a small pod within an asteroid field, and needs to clean it out without being hit. Small differences are that the game is in FPS 3d virtual reality view, and includes “damage” in the virtual cockpit – no more lives and respawns. There’s also a tool to help with distant boulders targeting.

The game even retake the look of old Vector screens to rememorate the old arcade machine! Which is very interesting when seen in 3D.


It cannot be stressed enough, but modern-age game controllers aren’t a good substitute for retro-style arcades. There’s something specific to the feel you get from a full fledged joystick and properly spaced buttons that any other peripherals won’t ever emulate.

Of course, the mighty joystick isn’t suitable for every games. Modern games aren’t made for joysticks and are best played with modern gamepads. Even some retro games like Mega Man plays better with something in-hand that doesn’t include a stick.

For more information about how the joystick came to be, see our view on the evolution of the joystick posted a while back.


Broken xbox used for arcade controller - taken from

Broken xbox used for arcade controller – taken from

To the point: how to build a PC or console compatible arcade joystick?


Librarian Justin Hoenke acquired and installed a vintage Ms Pacman arcade cabinet at the 2nd floor of the Chattanooga Public Library and set it to free play.

The 2nd floor at Chattanooga Library is aimed at the 0-18 age group; the library wants to increase the sense of community. As they say on their webpage about what teens do at the library ( quote ) “They connect. They laugh. They play. They relax. They share. They read. They make. They grow. They learn.