If Xbox Live included time travel as part of its subscription fee, then we could enjoy ancient relics like Konami's Time Pilot as nature intended. In this case, we could nip back 24 years to 1982, enjoy the arrival of Wham, Culture Club, nip down the local roller disco on our Grifter, buy ten No.6 ciggies and stuff 10 pence pieces into whatever arcade cabinets were stuffed in the corner. If we're lucky, we might be able to grab a few quick goes on Donkey Kong in the chippie on the way home.
Fortunately, it's not 1982. Maggie Thatcher is definitely no longer in power, Renee and Renate are no longer No.1 in the charts, and we don't have to wait for our weekly arcade visit to get our fix of the latest and greatest games. But such are the ways of misguided nostalgia that people willingly part with surprising amounts of cash to play the games of their youth. That's fine to a degree, but Time Pilot never was and never will be regarded as one of the all-time greats. Needless to say, the appearance of an immensely simple five level multi-directional shooter on the 360's Live Arcade is a puzzling one.
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