E3's pre-show showcases and events have provided a few surprises so far--but most of the big surprises come with big buts. Nintendo revealed that Fortnite is, shockingly enough, coming to the surging Switch. The surprising thing is that Battle Royale is available for download and crossplay right now. The Mario factory spent most of their conference showing off Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch, revealing it would have every single character in the previous version and a whole load more. Microsoft announced a successor to the Xbox One and a new streaming service that could make consoles themselves redundant -- BUT offered no more info on either other than the promise they're working on them. 50 different Xbox games got screen time in a bright and noisy whirl of a press conference. They announced Halo 6 -- OK, Halo Infinite -- but just via a demo of the new engine that will be running it. They also showed off some of Gears of War 5, but this doesn't look to offer anything … [Read more...] about E3 2018 Cheat Sheet: What’s hot, what’s not and what have you missed?
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File photo: The first recovered Atari cartridge and packaging recovered from the old Alamogordo landfill are shown in Alamogordo, New Mexico, April 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Wilson) Some of the best video games ever were made ages ago. Super Metroid, Planescape: Torment, Deus Ex, and hundreds of other amazing games were produced for platforms that don't really exist anymore. They were made for systems that used cartridges and PCs that ran Windows 95. Some have aged well and some haven't, but they've all made their mark on video game history. Unfortunately, you can't easily play them in their original forms on current systems. Consoles stopped using cartridges many moons ago, and what worked on Pentium-era Windows 95 PCs baffle Core i7-era Windows 10 machines. Add an unsettling trend of dismissiveness in archiving classic games and you run into the very real risk that some of the best video games ever will some day be lost, or remain just out of reach. Fortunately, you have … [Read more...] about How to play retro video games