Many companies bring out home versions of arcade classics as they do with upcoming ones. the case is Simpsons and X-Men Cabinets from Arcade1Up. New Wave Toys, a manufacturer focused on retro collectibles, is pursuing its 1942 and 1943 Cabinets with the Q * Bert x RepliCade, a mini arcade version of the game, packaged in a tiny package with a 4: 3 display and HDMI output. There will also be a “Warren Davis Edition” which includes additional case details, simulated wear and tear, a Gottlieb raised letter coin door and an exclusive mini sticker set.

The real Warren Davis, however, isn’t dulled by this new, nostalgic version of his old game. In fact, he’s pretty excited that the game he developed in 1982 is coming back this way.

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“It’s amazing,” says Davis of the level of detail that the RepliCade case has reproduced. “I sent them pages of notes about what had to be optimized on the prototype. Then they went even further and found little differences that I didn’t even know existed. It’s a passion project and they are great guys. “

Another benefit of the RepliCade set is that it is the unreleased sequel to the original called. contains Faster, harder, more demanding Q *bert.

“I’ve always felt that Faster hardener Demanding Q * bert is Q * bert“Said Davis. “This is the director’s cut. I always thought we should have released it for the players who knew the original. “

While, as the name suggests, the Q * bert Continuing a lot harder to come by, Davis shared some tips for casual gamers looking to immerse themselves in the RepliCade cabinet. Since players have full access to the operator’s settings, they can simplify the game, adjust the requirements for extra lives, and make other tweaks that suit their play style.

Warren Davis is proud of Q * Bert’s legacy

The influence of Q * bert on the subject of gaming cannot be overstated. Not only did it become a powerhouse in the arcades, it got huge amounts of merchandise and even an cartoon as part of CBS ‘ Saturday Supercade. Davis didn’t have a hand on the show and, in hindsight, found the character’s portrayal to be quite funny.

“Many people [played Q*bert] and asked, ‘What kind of drugs did you use to do this?’ When I was watching the show, I thought, ‘What kind of drugs did you use to do this?’ They gave guns to Q * bert. He spoke english. He was wearing a letterman jacket! “

While not a fan of the cartoon, Davis enjoyed seeing Q * bert made cameos and appearances in films over the years when the character was in Destroy it Ralph, pixel, and is expected to be in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-led. to appear Free guy. In fact, Davis is confused as to why Sony isn’t using the character any more.

“I don’t see why they don’t do much more with him,” said Davis. “I have no financial share in it. We were all working on contracts so I never owned it Q * bert. There just seems to be so much nostalgia and love for character. “

It is safe to say that the Q * bert Cartoon is not as fondly remembered as the game itself. The arcade hit inspired not only many sequels, but also many clones and imitations. While Davis is flattered by all of the Q * bert clones that have been released over the years, he also cannot imagine developing anything that is a derivative work.

“I just don’t see how fulfilling this type of work can be,” says Warren. “I could never just take someone else’s work and try to recreate it. It is what it is: a cash grab. “

Working at Midway

While Davis is best known for being at Q * bert, he was also involved in many of the best arcade games of the 90s. Its video digitization system was used to incorporate digital images into games, giving arcade titles a new photorealistic look that delighted gamers. After joining Midway, Davis was a programmer for the 1991 Light Gun Shooter Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As a fan of the first Terminator Filming, the whole experience was a thrill for Davis. His digitizing tools would then have been used in then in the Mortal Kombat Series, NBA Jam, Cruising USA, WWF WrestleMania, and more.

Warren recalled another post too Mortal Kombat, thereby helping to make the game’s attraction mode a reality. Mortal Kombat Co-creator Ed Boon attempted to display a full-size image of Goro, but the system’s memory limitations prevented it. Thanks to a compression and decompression system programmed by Davis, Boon was able to integrate the desired attraction mode screen.

“After I got it Ed. have given [Boon]I jokingly told him that I don’t want much, just give me a quarter of every cabinet sold. We laughed well. Months later I get a bonus and it wasn’t life changing money but it was a pretty good amount and it was for Mortal Kombat. Now I don’t know if it was this conversation, but I made good money with Mortal Kombat. “

Davis’ midway career would also see him work with the rock band Aerosmith Revolution X, an arcade rail shooter starring the band members. And although it sounded like a lot of work, it was a positive experience for him.

“Working with Aerosmith has been great,” said Davis. “We worked so long. I think we had them three 13 hour days but we never got tired because working with them had such a natural energy. They were all so professional and did everything we asked of them. “

Davis’ interesting past and future

Oddly enough, Davis never set out to work on video games. He first came to Chicago to participate in the famous. Study improvisation The comedy club in the second city. Eventually his finances dried up and he needed work, which eventually led to him using his background as a computer programmer to find a job with Gottlieb. His first game was Q * bert and the rest is game history.

Today Davis works as an actor and can use his improvisation skills. He appeared on popular television shows such as The middle, Criminal thoughts, and All of my children. In addition to his current acting career, Davis will also become a published writer as a book about his gaming career will be published later this year.

“People like to hear my stories and I won’t be here forever telling stories. I originally self-published the book and took it to retro conventions where I was booked. Then COVID happened and I had to cancel all of my appearances. Sitting around a lot, I figured I’d put some feelers out to the publishers, and that’s what happened. The new title is Create Q * Bert: and other classic video arcade games. “