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April 26, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Night Trap's 25th anniversary will have a limited physical release on PS4

Night Trap's 25th anniversary
Night Trap garnered a whirlwind or controversy that took mainstream news by storm and led to a video game rating system.
Dana Plato was an actress who sadly had several downfalls after starring on TV's Diff'rent Strokes show (as Kimberly Drummond) from 1978 to 1986. In 1992 Plato was one of the first actresses to appear in a video game. While video games have had movie and TV tie-ins since inception, Full Motion Video (FMV) was a new thing in the early 90s.

Today, video games are nearly indistinguishable from movies. The action on screen is quite realistic and smooth. Technology has taken us a long way. Back in the day FMV was revolutionary because video games had graduated from somewhat static pixel clusters to characters made of pixels that simulated nominal movement. Fighting game characters could now throw punches and kick with enough reality for us to see a dramatic improvement in game play and engagement.

Night Trap for SEGA 32X Night Trap, although a moderately awful game (released in Oct. 1992 for Sega CD, 3DO, Mac, and PC), it used FMV and gamers were fascinated to see cinematic scenes in video games with recognizable actors, like Plato. In '83, arcade games like Dragon's Lair were delivering smoother animation via laser disc. Gamers seemed to like this new movement to add better graphics to games via film clips.

Night Trap Returns Via Screaming Villains and Limited Rum Games

Having released several great games as physical copies on PS4, Limited Run will soon (Spring 2017) be releasing a limited quantity of physical copies of Night Trap for PS4 and Xbox One. Previously, they have released great games like Xeodrifter and Mutan Mudds. Developer Screaming Villains brought Night Trap to life for the 25th anniversary release.

Having lived through the initial controversy, it should be a 'blast from the past' to be able to play this game on a modern console. Keep an eye out for the physical release! Keep in mind you won't be able to pre-order it at GameStop or even buy it at traditional retail. Limited Run's releases are savagely limited. Check their site for details, but typically they sell solely from their site in two waves and the product goes quick!

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