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Shack's Arcade Corner: Robotron: 2084

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This week on Shack's Arcade Corner we are taking a look at Robotron: 2084, the 1982 arcade classic. Developed by Vid Kids and published by Williams Electronics players had to kill waves of enemies and save humans. It was one of the first games to use twin-stick gameplay in the arcade, which was actually the result of one of the developers injuring his hand in a car accident. The arcade's board was pretty advanced for the time using a custom graphics coprocessor.

The cabinet came in three form factors: tabletop, arcade and the super rare cabaret versions. There were plans for a Robotron arcade seque, but the video game crash of the early 80's squashed any chance of that game seeing the light of day. Robotron: 2084 was ported to many home consoles and even saw a reimagining for N64 titled, Robotron 64. Please take a look at the video for more great information about one of our favorite twin-stick arcade games. 

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