Star Wars has a long history in the world of video games, and the news that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm this week pretty much guarantees us a rich future of new gaming experiences to look forward to. As we look back, however, a lot of them were prime examples of licensing being the key over actual substance.
The video above shows off the 1983 Star Wars arcade game that is considered by some to be one of the best arcade games of all time. By today’s standards it is of course horribly dated, and the vector graphics are almost laughable, but as someone who was hitting arcades at the time, I can promise you I pumped an insane amount of quarters into it. There was something to be said back in the day when you got to live out all of your fantasies of being the one to fire the torpedos into the Death Star and claim victory over the Empire.
Over the years, however, there have been about an equal number of misses as there have been hits. The franchise has gone through numerous developers, and some of them have done awesome jobs back in the day – I still have fond memories of Super Star Wars for the Super Nintendo – but then there were complete misses such as Star Wars: Bounty Hunter or Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike for the PlayStation 2 that just made you cringe with each step you took in the game.
Things can just go horribly wrong in this world of games, and while I don’t expect Disney to hit a homerun every time, I can hope that perhaps they will put a bit more love into the titles than Lucas has over the past couple of decades. Need more recent evidence? Look below. Lets hope nothing like this ever happens again.