Looking back at the list of titles that graced 8-bit consoles (and PCs) in 1987, you find that's it's a veritable parade of first entries in what would in time go on to either greatly influence gaming or spawn literally dozens of sequels between them. This is the year that modern video gaming was born, as simple left-to-right platforming was starting to experience previously unseen variations and mutations, while the standard bearers of fighting games and RPGs experienced their genesis. Take a look back at some of these classic titles celebrating their 25th anniversary as part of the 1987 Silver series on MTV Multiplayer.

Double Dragon may not have been the first side-scrolling brawler in arcades and on consoles, but it's the one most of us think of when it comes to that particular genre. One part Roadhouse, one part The Warriors, the game spawned about a half dozen sequel and tie-in titles (lest we never forget Battletoads and Double Dragon), a cartoon, and a feature film that some of us are  still trying to forget.

And the series is on its way back with a downloadable homage this September from WayForward Technologies, Double Dragon Neon. Curious about the series' impact on this tongue-in-cheek remake-quel, I asked the game's director Sean Velasco to give me the skinny on how WayForward and publisher Majesco planned to honor (and send up) 25 years of Double Dragon history.
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Return to an era where two tough guys in sleeveless jackets could go on a journey of discovery, violence.
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[Update at 9:24 AM PST: the RE: Revelations demo is available now.]

Capcom's demo is available now as the first in a wave of several more downloadable demos on the platform as Nintendo attempts to make a bigger digital push.
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bloodrayne betrayal

There have been three "BloodRayne" movies since the last game was released in 2005, and all of them were directed by Uwe Boll. Do you need any more indication than that of how far the series has fallen? It's a shame too; after all, we're talking about a gun-toting vampiress with blades strapped to both of her arms. Majesco, the series' publisher, has been so busy reaping the rewards of "Cookin' Mama" that its forgotten all about Rayne and her badassery. No longer, though. Rayne is coming back THIS summer, and she's got a brand-new 2-D side-scrolling outfit to show off to all of her fans in "BloodRayne: Betrayal."

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This week, WayForward is releasing their remake of David Crane’s single most bizarre game, "A Boy and His Blob." They’ve taken Crane’s bizarre and unforgiving original and recast it as a whimsical, tender cartoon about a kid and his alien pal. If early reviews are to be believed, it's a winning revision. "A Boy and His Blob" is a good model for preserving Crane’s legacy. His originals are simply too strange and cumbersome to play today, so why not remake and re-imagine them for today’s audience? Here are some ideas on where to start.

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