The Asteroids Replicade cabinet will feel like a step back to those that have invested and played previous Replicade cabinets in the lineup. From an emulation perspective, Asteroids lacks the full speed frame pre­sentation of the arcade original. Perhaps it’s because the original arcade cabinet ran on a vector-based monitor, but the Asteroids Replicade seems to draw objects at half the speed when compared to it. You can eventually overlook the frame rate, but the speed dif­ference will instantly become apparent when you play on an original Asteroids cabinet.

Another major pitfall of this miniature cabinet is, oddly enough, its accuracy of the original arcade cabinet design. The Asteroids cabinet was designed with an inward slope and a straight window view of the monitor. This design is not an issue with the full-sized cabinet but shrinking it down to a 1/6th scale presents challenges when attempting to play it from a top-down viewing angle. I found playing it on my standing desk the most optimal way to play it, but this may be frus­trating if you plan on playing this cabinet regularly and lack the appropriate angle to play it.

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From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"