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Atari Partners with IDW Games to Create Board Games Based on Arcade Classics!

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Arcade Castle here with some exciting news! Earlier this month, Atari announced that they would be partnering with IDW Games (known for board games such as: Machi Koro, Tammany Hall, Rattus Cartus, and Fire and Axe to name a few) to publish at least three board game adaptations of classic Atari titles: 


This has me rather excited, because we haven't seen board game adaptations of this style/era of video gaming for about 30 years or so, since the Milton Bradly line in the 1980s. Honestly, I am a little surprised to see them as well, for a number of reasons. The question is whether or not the demand is there for these particular adaptations or, to put it another way, demand for board games based of this era's arcade titles.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the unexpected success of The Oregon Trail: Card Game may have something to do with this partnership. Nostalgia is king these days, and milking it for all its worth is a billion dollar industry these days:

Cinema Sundays - House of the Dead

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Sigh...

It was only a matter of time here on Cinema Sundays until I encountered a Uwe Boll film. For those not in the know, Uwe Boll is notorious amongst gamers for making terrible live action adaptations of video games, leaving dead and dying franchises in his wake. Not that cinema had had a good track record with video games, but Uwe Boll didn't help things. So, perhaps it's apropos that I watched one of his earliest films and first video game adaptation: House of the Dead.
Gamers across the world shall rue the day I started acquiring licenses!

Admittedly this is not the first Uwe Boll movie I have seen. I saw Bloodrayne in theatres. With my mother...which made for some awkward moments. And, since Uwe's legacy as a franchise tarnisher is all but historical fact these days I went into this movie with far lower expectations. Also, the internet apparently considers this one of the worst films ever made. Defying critical receptions, Uwe Boll maintains that this is the best adap…