Finnish software house Housemarque has announced that they have stopped making arcade style games. This is due to the lackluster sales of their titles in the last few years even though they have garnered numerous awards and 88/100 ratings. They even tried collaborating with Eugene Jarvis who created such seminal hits like Defender, Robotron 2084, and Smash TV. Personally I LOVE the arcade genre as I grew up chucking coins into the slots at arcades across America. When I was much younger, my little sister and I took shifts playing Defender on the Atari 2600 for 2 weeks straight. When we finally turned the machine off, it never started again. I'd rather play an arcade game than many high dollar multiplayer experiences available today. I was hoping that Nex Machina sales on Steam would convince Housemarque to port the rest of their terrific games to the PC. I guess that dream is now dead like the arcade genre. A nerd can still hope though. I hope this doesn't spell the end of soundtracks like the bombastic gasoline fueled tracks on the official Nex Machina Deluxe Edition Soundtrack. That would be a travesty all on its own. Check out Nex Machina on Steam if you're an arcade aficionado like me. If you too love the genre also feel free to list some of your favorites in the thread. However despite critical success and numerous awards, our games just haven’t sold in significant numbers. While some of them have reached a massive audience due to free game offerings across various digital sales channels, this unfortunately doesn’t help pay for development, which gets costly for high production quality. But now it’s time to move on to new genres. Lackluster sales of Nex Machina have led us to the thinking that it is time to bring our longstanding commitment to the arcade genre to an end. While this genre will always hold a special place in our hearts, the industry is moving more toward multiplayer experiences with strong, robust communities, and it’s time for Housemarque to move forward with the industry.