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QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

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QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Chef Mongo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:13 am

I saw an old Pac-Man game in a convenience store a couple weeks back, and it got me going down memory lane. Battlezone, Tempest, Dig Dug, Centipede ... what was your favorite arcade game/pinball machine back in the day? For you younger folks, what video game?
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Chef Mongo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:34 am

For me, it was Battlezone. I couldn't begin to count how many quarters I pumped into that game. I got to where I never even used the viewfinder anymore, I'd just watch the radar and blow up the tanks before they were even in range.

I was crushed when I learned that my BZ skillz would not translate into a high-paying military career. I'm too tall to be a tank gunner.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Kinsley » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:39 am


As a kid, it was Pinball Baseball.

When my son was a kid and we hit the arcades
together, I usually played Tetris, but I also
enjoyed Asteroids and its many variations.

I still love Skeeball and Pokerino in the game
arcades on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD. :wink:

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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Kamidanshir » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:52 am

I spent way too many hours of my youth, and quarters from my allowance, in arcades. The first machine I can remember that made a really strong impression on me was the old Star Wars game with the vector graphics. The idea of climbing into the cockpit of an X-wing, grabbing the control yoke, and taking part in the attack run on the Death Star was irresistable to a 10-year-old boy.

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My hometown had the coolest arcade downtown, and my parents would drop me off there for a few hours on Saturday mornings; when I was older, I took the bus there after school with my friends. Garcia's Pizza was next door, selling fantastic pie by the slice. It's all gone now, the building demolished, and a Starbucks and Urban Outfitters stand in its place. I love being able to play at home on my PS3, but those places were a fantastical, otherworldly escape for a kid, and it makes me a little sad to know that my daughters won't get to experience that thrill of walking into a dimly-lit cavern, filled with flashing lights and weird electronic noises.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby DitsyD » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:08 am

The "CYCLONE" pinball machine. For several months I had the high score at the bar, until they changed out the machine :D
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Chef Mongo » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:09 am

DitsyD wrote:The "CYCLONE" pinball machine. For several months I had the high score at the bar, until they changed out the machine :D
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I remember this one! Loved getting the wheel to spin.

The first pinball machine I remember mastering was Xenon, one of the first "talking" machines.

Years later, when I was managing a movie theater, we got the "Jurassic Park" machine in. I played it every day for six months and became the Most Exalted Master of it. :)
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Susie Pins » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:16 am

It has to be pinball for me.....many school Summer holidays spent pushing money into those :D

I also liked the funny little machines where a ball spun round after you pulled the lever; it then dropped into a slot and you got your pennies returned :D I can't think of the name of them right now though......
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby tj » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:18 am

Back in the Middle Ages (1950's) it was somehow communicated to us that pinball was a completely undesirable thing. We never got close to playing it. Maybe that is why I still don't play video games.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby new cook » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:34 am

It's hard to name a favorite, mostly because I would just play whatever pinball machine was available at the local arcade. Later, when I was a teen and my parents would occasionally take us to Shakey's Pizza Parlor, we would wait in line to play Pong. At the time it was the only video game in existence. By today's standards, playing Pong is like watching paint dry.

But it wasn't long before someone invented games like Pac Man, Donkey Kong*, Tetris. Even later I had fun playing Mario Brothers with friends' children. That theme song to Mario Brothers was a real earworm!



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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Cheez-Wiz » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:12 pm

Chef Mongo wrote:
DitsyD wrote:The "CYCLONE" pinball machine. For several months I had the high score at the bar, until they changed out the machine :D
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I remember this one! Loved getting the wheel to spin.

The first pinball machine I remember mastering was Xenon, one of the first "talking" machines.

Years later, when I was managing a movie theater, we got the "Jurassic Park" machine in. I played it every day for six months and became the Most Exalted Master of it. :)



Nice to know that I'm not alone in loving Cyclone.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby chefshawn » Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:50 pm

My favorite pinball game to date is the Street Fighter 2 game, that I only found on vacation to Gulf Shores Alabama. A very close second is the Playboy pinball game, that had a real naked centerfold bonus. That one is still playing in my hometown of Huntsville Alabama.

My favorite video game is probably the combined series of Zelda games.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby n8urebabe » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:24 pm

Centipede was the only arcade game I was ever any good at playing. I pretty much stunk at the rest of them. When my son was younger, I played a lot of Sonic the hedgehog with him and I got pretty good at that one. To this day, I am much more likely to play a "Myst" type game than a video game. Around the same time I was playing Sonic with my son, the games I played for me were King's Quest and Zork. Wish I could get them in a version to play on my O/S now. :lol:
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby chefshawn » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:27 pm

Okay, for everyone feeling nostalgic in this whole thread, may I please direct you to find the book "Ready Player One."

Look it up, read it, love it.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Chef Mongo » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:09 am

chefshawn wrote:My favorite pinball game to date is the Street Fighter 2 game, that I only found on vacation to Gulf Shores Alabama. A very close second is the Playboy pinball game, that had a real naked centerfold bonus. That one is still playing in my hometown of Huntsville Alabama.

My favorite video game is probably the combined series of Zelda games.


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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby gypsy » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:27 pm

There was one game I really liked to play. I have no idea what it was called, but the player had to shoot at these things that dropped down from the top and looked like large bees. The more the player blew up, the faster the "bees" would appear. :think:
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby haleoalau » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:20 pm

gypsy wrote:There was one game I really liked to play. I have no idea what it was called, but the player had to shoot at these things that dropped down from the top and looked like large bees. The more the player blew up, the faster the "bees" would appear. :think:


Sounds like Galaga or Asteroids which were the ones I liked,along with the pacman's and frogger. We had an Atari
and there was a scuba diver game I liked.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby okbye » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:36 pm

I think that was the pinball machine we played in the one bar we went to after work, I can't see the details well enough but it might be. The titular Cyclone is a roller coaster right? This one place I worked for 5 1/2 years had a pretty tight small crew of young women and we went out together to a bar almost every day after work. We played pool for awhile and got damn good then we moved on to pinball and got damn good at that too. Playing 4-6 hours a day 5-6 days a week will do that. We went a couple places but the one we went to most often had a pinball machine that I think was the Cyclone posted above. We loved that thing.

In another period of life a friend and I frequented a bar that had a stand up game whose name escapes me at the moment because we called it He-man instead of what it was really named. It was a Tarzan/caveman looking guy that starts out in a loincloth with a stick and you gradually gain clothes and better weapons as he evolves and goes through time. The sword type game is my favorite, I love smashing things. We played that thing for hours and when we finished it we started over.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Myrealana » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:47 pm

Centipede ate a lot of my allowance in the 80s.
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby gypsy » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:56 pm

haleoalau wrote:
gypsy wrote:There was one game I really liked to play. I have no idea what it was called, but the player had to shoot at these things that dropped down from the top and looked like large bees. The more the player blew up, the faster the "bees" would appear. :think:


Sounds like Galaga or Asteroids which were the ones I liked,along with the pacman's and frogger. We had an Atari
and there was a scuba diver game I liked.


GALAGA!!! That's the one! I used to love this game. :clap: :dance:
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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby Esther C » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:30 am

Galaga.

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Re: QOTD 7/25: Arcade games

Postby todd » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:34 pm

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