The more advanced our technology becomes, the more video games begin to shape our society. However, while the new Xbox and Play Station models are in the making, we can’t know where we’re going without first examining where we’ve been.

Where did it all start?

If you’ve been around for more than a couple of decades, odds are you can recall some of the best arcade games of all time. If not, then maybe it’s time you learned where your state of the art video games got their start.

The Best Arcade Games of All Time

What makes a video game one of the best arcade games of all time? For that matter, does it need to be a video game to qualify? Keep reading for our top five picks.

1. Pac-Man

Almost every video game player, young or old, has heard of Pac-Man. Pac-Man was created in 1980, giving video gamers something to do other than shooting.

The entire purpose of the game is to escape your pursuers as you navigate your way around an obstacle course. You complete each course my munching the dots in your path. Once all the dots are gone, you’ve beaten the level.

2. Street Fighter

One of the first-ever player-versus-player hand-to-hand combat games was Street Fighter, created in 1987. In this game, you could face a friend or the game itself in an all-out brawl.

Street Fighter led to Street Fighter II, III, IV, and V. However, there are about two dozen versions of each game in between, making for one of the most successful video game franchises.

3. Skee Ball

This non-video game is one of the best arcade games of all time. Skee Ball is the classic bowling-type game for adults and children of all ages.

The goal is to roll the Skee ball up an incline, over the ball jump and into various holes placed throughout the backboard. Each hole or target is worth different amounts. Of course, the most rewarding targets are also the smallest.

It may also surprise (and delight) you to know that you can find that the best skee ball machine can be bought for your home.

4. Donkey Kong

If your trace all Super Mario Bros. games back to their start, you’ll find Donkey Kong. The name of the game in this top contender for the best arcade games of all time is to make your way up a metal contraption resembling switchbacks. However, while doing so, you must avoid all of the traps and objects being hurled down at you (barrels) by Donkey Kong himself.

5. Space Invaders

What could be more compelling than shooting down aliens while trying to protect your defenses? With this gaming model, Space Invaders was able to capture the attention of video gamers around the world. The game was so popular that Japan nearly ran out of 100-yen coins (think of them as quarters).

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Cortana for Xbox One Finally Released: Your Personal Gaming Assistant

Lucky summers for Xbox One users as they will be getting one of the much-awaited updates from Microsoft, the Cortana is about to be rolled out.
For those who have no idea what Cortana is, well, it is a Microsoft’s virtual assistant which lets you communicate with your device like "Siri" on Apple iOS and "Google Now Assistant" for Android. You can talk to your device by saying “Hey Cortana” and you can then give all the instructions through voice.

The purpose of launching Cortana is to integrate Windows 10 and the Xbox console. Though initially the update will not be available for Windows 10 but at a later stage, you will be able to use it with Xbox app on Windows 10.

What to Expect

So how Cortana will change your gaming experience? How can it be of any help? Is it really a much needed feature?

Cortana is referred to as the ‘personal gaming assistant’. It will assist you in gaming, of course, but this is just the beginning. Right now, you will be able to use Cortana for gaming features only but in near future, it will work with other devices and will include a whole lot of other exciting features.

Cortana lets you communicate with your console over voice. It can let you find new games, turn on the Xbox, you can start a party, and you can perform several other tasks. You can also use it to search stuff on Bing, simply give a voice instruction to search something and voila, you are done.

The good news is that there are multiple updates that will be rolled out so you will see some nice changes this summer, for example, a new game collection will be rolled out, improvements in screenshot sharing feature, some of the famous PC games will be added to your Xbox live, and much more.

This is just the beginning. Microsoft is very enthusiastic about the update and it has already announced that Cortana is not limited to gaming only, so you should expect some good new features being added in recent times.

When and Where

Microsoft will be rolling the updates in phases – not all at once, thus you have to exhibit some patience. The first update will be rolled out this summer. You will get two updates this summer and more updates will follow soon.

At this moment, the Cortana will be available to Preview testers only. No, not to all the Preview testers but only those located in the US, UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France. If you are in one of these countries, consider yourself lucky as you will be among the first ones who will have the privilege to try the new update.

Keep your fingers crossed for the update and let’s hope that the update proves to be good for the gamers. The basic purpose behind the launch of the Cortana and these updates is to integrate Xbox One fully with Windows app (the PC). Once it is done, you will experience gaming of another level.
But that’s not going to happen right away.

For now, just sit back, relax and let Microsoft do all the hard work. Wait for the update to reach you.

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