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Review: The AtGames Legends Ultimate Arcade Cabinet Is a Modder’s Dream

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A closeup of the Legends Ultimate Arcade control deck
Rating:
9/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $599.99

Josh Hendrickson

I’ve been going back and forth on where to start with the $600 AtGames Legends Ultimate arcade cabinet. If I had to sum the thing up in three words, I’d say “near endless options.” If you want an arcade, but space or finances limit you to just one, then this might be the perfect arcade for you.

Here’s What We Like

  • Fantastic controls
  • Loads of games
  • You can mod this easily

And What We Don’t

  • Kind of expensive
  • So-so speakers

You’ve probably heard of Arcade1Up and its excellent entries in the home arcade market. AtGames is the closest you’ll get to a true Arcade1Up competitor, but the companies couldn’t have taken a more different approach to the concept.

While Arcade1Up focuses on beautiful replica arcade machines that host a few games each, AtGames went with a very generic-looking machine filled to the brim with titles. And if the 300(!) video games don’t do for you, AtGames made it incredibly easy to add your own. You can buy add-on dongles, add a Raspberry Pi, subscribe to more games, or stream games straight from your PC. This thing is a modder’s dream.

AtGames website instead of in the box.

Still, altogether it took me about 30 minutes to build a near full-sized arcade machine, and that’s not bad.

Arcade1Up’s Burger Time machine, this machine has all of the games from that machine: Burger Time, Karate ChampsCaveman Ninja, and Bad Dudes.

Check out the whole list, but chances are you’ll find at least six or seven games you’ll really like, which is pretty great, especially when you consider the excellent control deck.

Blast game dongles, you can add those games to the system. Or you can subscribe to the AtGames ArcadeNet service, which will add more games to your Arcade through streaming. You can subscribe for free to get access to 10 games and a limited playtime or choose from several paid levels that top out at $60 a month for 80 games and unlimited playtime. And if you’re interested in playing pinball games, AtGames sells optional pinball controls that easily connect to the sides of the control deck.

Do you already own your games on a gaming PC? Then you can install AtGames’ streaming software and play them on the Legends Ultimate machine. I’ve tried all those methods to add games except the Blast dongles, and they work surprisingly well—depending on your internet speeds.

To help with that, you can connect either over Wi-Fi or ethernet. But a warning on the former—the Legends Ultimate doesn’t like some routers, especially if you use a complicated password with symbols. I can’t maintain a stable connection to my home’s Wi-Fi, even after hours with customer service and several firmware update tests. But connecting to ethernet (or changing my password to something without symbols) solves the problem. I’m not willing to change my internet password, so I either use ethernet or my phone’s hotspot.

In one final neat trick, once you get your internet connection up and running, you can stream your gameplay to Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube. It’s a fun party trick, but because the arcade doesn’t have microphones or a camera, it seems like you’ll want to rig your own setup if you’re serious about streaming.

Legends Gamer entries. They’re essentially just the Legends Ultimate control deck without the rest of cabinet. You won’t get as many games, and you need to provide your own TV and speakers. However, depending on the model you get, you can still benefit from the excellent joysticks, buttons, and spinners. 

But if you want a full-sized arcade, put the Legends Ultimate on your shortlist. It’s a solid entry in the burgeoning retro arcade cabinet market.

Rating: 9/10

Price: $599.99

Here’s What We Like

  • Fantastic controls
  • Loads of games
  • You can mod this easily

And What We Don’t

  • Kind of expensive
  • So-so speakers

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The Truth is Out There with This Interactive UFO Sighting Map

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If you are like me and viewed practically each UFO exhibit on Netflix this previous calendar year, or the X-Information on repeat, then you will enjoy this interactive map of UFO sightings in the United States. No matter whether you observed one thing unusual in the evening sky whilst strolling the canine, or are just curious, it’s really worth a glance.

We may possibly not know if there’s daily life on other planets, but our government may well. Possibly way, this interactive Arcgis map observed by Nerdist will at least give you a great thought of where by UFOs or random unmanned aerial autos are seen the most in the United states. It reveals all the claimed sightings from a specified time or put and combines them into a person big map.

The site brings together a regular map of the United States with information gathered from the Countrywide UFO Reporting Heart, and it is quite neat. The business really has a dataset between 1910 and the finish of 2014, but the map only displays 1997-2015. You can see as the years improve, sightings do also, or at minimum the stories raise.

UFO sightings on an interactive map
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While the timelapse from that 18 12 months period of time is neat, the web-site allows you take factors a phase further and solitary out particular places, dates, or occasions. That way, you can appear back to the specific region wherever you bear in mind your alien come upon, and see if everyone else reported 1 as well.

The filter to see all historical UFO sightings is my private beloved, and every time the U.S. governing administration shares extra facts with us regular folks, you can appear them up on this map. Possibly way, this neat interactive map should give you a whole perception of in which Americans see the most unexplained sights in the skies.

Are you a believer? With all the cameras and smartphones in the palms of thousands and thousands of individuals these times, I’m nonetheless waiting around to see anything a lot more concrete just before I’m totally on board.

via Nerdist

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