The Barcode Battler returns

Well, sort of. The new Argos catalogue has a couple of bizarre online game gizmos that are interesting enough to warrant an article on these hallowed pages. In our day the nearest we got to playing online was tying two cans together with string then shouting rude words in either end.

Swypeout: Battle Racing is an online racer which you need a PC and the £19.99 card scanning peripheral to play. The idea is that by buying additional cards and swiping them you can get new parts for your vehicle. See what they’ve done there? The experience has been made with kids – and overly cautious parents – in mind, with a chat system featuring pre-scripted text, like Nintendo include in their online DS games.

Net Jet Game System is another that requires a PC. This one takes the form of a USB joypad into which cartridge-like keys can be inserted. These then unlock games that can be played online like Marble Blast XP and Super Soaker Water Fight. At least the joypad itself looks cooler than this almost unofficial looking Sega plug and play pad. “Full color 8-bits game” reads the description. Well done, Argos!

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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