You have probably heard by now that Midway has gone bankrupt and they owe millions of dollars to different companies for various reasons. While Midway stopped making arcade games several years ago (and many of their arcade development people went over to companies like Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix), with this bankruptcy news this has me wondering what is going to become of the many arcade game properties that they hold on to. In addition to their long line-up of titles that goes as far back as the 1970’s, they also bought up Atari Games back in 2001 or so and so they also own all of the great games that AG made from 1984 (like Marble Madness) up to Rush 2049. So now it remains to be seen – will Midway’s properties be broken up and sold to different bidders or will someone scoop up all of the arcade stuff to bring some of those titles back to where they belong?
I know that is a long shot and thus wishful thinking but if I had a few million bucks I’d totally buy up Atari Games and bring them back from the dead with a vengeance. KLAX, Paperboy, T-Mek, Gauntlet Legends and others would be cool games to bring back although there’s plenty of original stuff that could be done as well. What are your thoughts on the final demise of Midway?