Light gun games get no love today, but with the popularization of games the likes of Duck Hunt, Wild Gunman, Gumshoe and Hogan’s Alley in the 1980s, Nintendo proved they could be big sellers on the console market if done right. In the arcades, however, they were always popular. Even into the mid-90s, as the arcade began to wane in popularity in the US, games such as Area 51 from Atari and Konami’s Lethal Enforcers were huge money makers during their day and served their audience well. During this same time period, however, Midway Games was able to take the formula that made arcade shooters successful to an entirely different level by bringing story elements and a reputable license to
the table.

Following their success with a shooter based on James Cameron’s massive film hit Terminator 2, Midway went
in a somewhat different direction, even if it wasn’t…….

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the