A is for..
Atari - Originally formed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972 as Atari Inc. from their firm 'Syzygy engineering' having just a year before produced the world's first Video game, Computer space. Taken from the Japanese verb 'To hit the target', the brand has seen many owners and revamps over the years. Currently manifested as 'Atari Interactive' owned by a French publisher calling themselves 'Atari SA' - What they are doing with it precisely, nobody knows. Perhaps they are sitting on it to see if it hatches.
Activision - Prolific video game publisher widely attributed with the destruction of Destiny and taking exploitation of Gamer's finances to a new Low in 2014. The rampant monetisation of Call of Duty is their doing also. For many, a true villain of the moment.
Aeris the flower girl - Final Fantasy VII character, Cloud Strife's love interest and the most mourned character in video gaming history.
Anita Sarkeesian - feminist cultural speaker and Media critic most notable for her controversial Women Vs Tropes in Video gaming video series. see GamerGate and Feminism.
'AAA' game - The term, pronounced 'Triple A' is used in the game industry to describe a video game that has the highest production values and promotional assistance lavished upon it. Typically games getting the 'AAA' treatment should be of excellent quality and are similarly expected to be amongst the top sellers that year. Because they promise gamers so much and have no tangible reason to be awful, Gamertroll is remorseless about pouring boiling piss over bad AAA's.
Also See HR Giger's Aliens
Atic Atac - A classic, top-down flip-screen adventure game from the U.K. Micro-computer Era. Made for the ZX Spectrum by 'Ultimate Play The Game' circa.1983. Actually featured 3 different character classes which changed the game play.. yes in 1983! Written by Chris and Tim Stamper. Later ported to the BBC Micro. Interestingly, Atic Atac has been quoted as a major influence for Children's ITV program 'Nightmare' of the same era.
Action game, probably the most popular genre in Video gaming.
Atari Lynx - Dinner-tray sized handheld that actually played host to a brilliant array of titles. The surfing on California games is a retro must-play. The Lynx 2 reduced the width of the handheld only to increase it's depth equal to two telephone directories.
Atari ST - Contender in the second round of the home micro computer wars, a market that would soon be utterly subsumed by the personal computer. Famed for it's music sampling capabilities, the Atari ST was the Chief rival of the Commodore Amiga which certainly won the war sales-wise.
Atari 2600 - home to Pong, Pitfall, Pacman, etc. I'll get back to this unless somebody else wants to attempt to sum up this iconic machine?
Alex Kidd - Sega's platforming mascot for their Master system, rudely supplanted in the charisma stakes by Sonic the Hedgehog, Alex kidd games were actually quite 'boss'.
Archimedes - home computer affectionately known as the 'Arc', A little known competitor to the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. Best game was reputed to be a WW1 flight simulator called Chocks away! Never played it :(
Asteroids - Atari's classic shooter sold 70,000 arcade cabinets. Inspired directly by Defender and Gravitar, Asteroids employed a Vector display adding environmental hazards to the period obsession for dispatching aliens. First teleport in a game Ever?
Apple Pippin - Back in the mid 90's when everybody and his dog was making a games console, Apple attempted to bring out a machine with the amazing line up of... Myst. It thankfully died in semi-limbo. Like any other poisonous disease some germs escaped into the public domain and now languish in the hands of collectors, sealed in lead boxes. Let us join our hands and pray that Apple never attempt to re-enter the gaming market ever again.
Android games- see mobile phone games
Amstrad CPC - Hero hardware of the 80's U.K. micro computer era. Worthy rival of the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and BBC micro.
Amiga- see Commodore International
Super Axelay- Super hard, Super Nintendo (Snes) vertical scrolling shooter using curved mode 7 backgrounds. Worth a packet if you have the Japanese import.
Amiibo - Nintendo's collectable figurines launched in 2014. Placing these toys on the Wii U gamepad unlocks new features in a number of games released for the platform. Already a suspicious amount of unintentional manufacturing gaffs have occurred (Samus with 2 guns, Peach with no legs, etc.) demanding gobsmacking prices among collectors.
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Gamertroll Loves video gaming so much that the temptation to do an especially sarcastic and cynical personal version of it's all-time A-Z has proved too much to resist.
It could just be the most fun ever or equally the most backbreaking task taken on since King James suggested having the Bible translated into Swahili. Time will be the decider because it's happening!
Please feel free to point out, "Oi Gamertroll, you've missed a bit!"
If you want to add something you see missing or you simply can't believe that your favourite game isn't listed, post a comment below and Gamertroll will add it - with a credit should you so wish.
Command and Conquer - A.k.a. C+C, seminal entry into the top-down Real-Time-Strategy (RTS) genre. In the interest of censorship the German version of the game had tiny robots instead humans LOL! etc etc etc.
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