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AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Posted on: October 30, 2008 5:10 am
 

Hey classic arcade fiends.

What we do here is pick one game at a time we loved at the old arcade (back in either the '70s, '80s or '90s; no less, no later) that we liked to play over and over again.  It didn't have to be your absolute favorite, it could be just one you really liked.  Maybe do a little backstory on where specifically you frequented to play this machine, what year, how old you were, how much allowance you pumped into it, yada yada.  What did you like about it most, do you own it today in some shape or form, etc.

I'll start:

MOUSETRAP C 1981 Exidy

My sister and I both loved this game.. strange concept though.  You play a mouse moving around a maze eating cheese and avoiding the cats.  After eating a dog bone (!) you can change into a dog (!!) and eat the cats (!!!).  A hawk attacks here and there that will kill either the mouse OR the dog (!!!!).  Told you it was strange!  But the music and sound effects REALLY drew me in.  I now have it emulated on my cpu.

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Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2009 6:02 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

 to the state of North Carolina after I left college. Never having been a particular fan of college basketball before that time, it was easy to pick up on the class, coaching brilliance, and winning tradition of Dean Smith and become a Tar Heel fan (in basketball only, btw LOL).

For various reasons, the other three teams' fans in this final four are dedicated to their team's success this weekend. Not to criticize Parrish's intent in this article, by the time a team reaches the Final Four, its nothing but a disappointment for ANY of their fans if they don't win it all.

Fans of three teams know that disappointment every year, and I don't think that feeling is keener for the expectations of the favorite, nor ameliorated for the fans of three teams who are 'not the favorite'.

Its a blessing and a curse to be a fan of a team that often reaches the brink if winning it all. For us, UNC has been there many times. Three times we've felt the ultimate satisfation, and the other years have had to content ourselves with 'wait until next year'. Well, the three times we enjoyed the Championship were also three times our 'wait until next year came true'. LOL However, we fans of the programs that get there a lot have a legitimate reason for the 'wait until next year'. Possibly fans of teams that aren't in the hunt so often feel the disapointment when they get close but don't win the Championship more keenly, because they know that chances for their team don't come around so often.

All four of these teams have worked hard and played hard to get here. None, on the face of it, is more deserving. For the sake of fandom I'd like to think the Tar Heels are, but that just a biased fan point of view, and I'm completely aware of that. Fans of the other three teams feel the same way about their guys and are fully entitled to feel that way.

So what to do about all this? Just sit back and enjoy the competition. Predictions don't matter. Favorites don't matter. What happens for 40 minutes of game time matters. And if our team wins it all, or loses, its a temporary high or low. It has absolutely no importance to the 'real world'. LOL There is more important work to be done by all of us, and more important problems to face, than who wins the next three NCAA basketball games.

Enjoy, and good luck to all four teams. (Yeah, like I really mean THAT LOL).




Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2009 1:27 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

I have to say Defender was my fav, but also battlezone?, i think thats what it was called (it was a tank game). I just loved the challenge of defender and in the bar/rest. i worked @ they had a battlezone game and i became very good at it. 




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2009 9:27 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY


Yeah, it was spelled "KAOS", I think.  I never saw it at an arcade but there's a clip of it on YouTube.




Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2009 8:15 pm
 

CHAOS-- GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

A game called "CHAOS" around 1980.  It was in the convenient food mart in my hometown.  My friend, "pitt", used to steal rolls of quarters from his mom and we would play it for hours on end.  It involved a king trying o accumulate coins rolling down ramps-- I believe it was a precursor to Donkey Kong.

 

 




Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2009 6:55 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Wow! Reading through this brings back a lot of memories and video games.  Starting in the 1980s I have to start with Pacman/Ms. Pacman, spend way too many hours and quarters at the local 7-11 store. My Dad also had a friend who owned an arcade for a while. I got to play Centepede, Asteroids, Frogger, Space Invaders, Galaga until I was forced to leave at the end of the night. In the late 80s and early 90s I got into more of the sports related games- Basketbrawl, Pole Position, Off Road,and a baseball game which name escapes me now.  Then there was also the pinball games that were also very popular back then.  Dukes of Hazard and Star Wars were tops back then. Good thing they came out with the home video game systems, it is much more economical.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2008 7:16 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Chiller, Exidy 1986

Now, on the absolute opposite of the spectrum of Pengo.. this was the most sick, vile game I've ever seen.  So naturally, I enjoyed it.  It entails shooting at various targets, usually resulting in the torture and demise of people.  I'd never seen so much violence in a game like I have in this one.  One scene has people in a guillotine and head vise (the devices you shoot to finish off the suckers), another is a lake of blood with a victim being fed to a crocodile and people on racks (of course, you shoot the cranks on the racks to pull the people apart).  Lovely!  I can't believe this was released.  If you ever come across this, play it.. but bring a vomit bag just in case.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2008 6:53 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Next up:

PENGO, 1982 Sega

What a cute game.. the eponomously monikered penguin was an adorable little bugger that pushed ice blocks around in a maze (or could break them) and had to avoid "Sno-bees" that tried to catch him.  The artificial intelligence for them was pretty good as they did their best to corner you.  You could try to kill all of them from the get-go, or you could try to group 3 "diamond blocks" together for a big bonus, and freeze all the enemies for a short time.  I guess some versions played "Popcorn" (an early-70s instrumental hit song) and the others played an alternate track (I always heard the latter on the machines I played).  But the gameplay was the same.  I used to play this a lot at an arcade about a 1/4 mile from my house when I was a preteen.  Fun times.




Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2008 4:51 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

The only thing I didn't exactly like about Spy Hunter was the fact that there was no closure at all.  By that I mean that there was no level end or a game ending of any sort.  You just kept driving non-stop.  I would have loved to see end-of-level bosses make an appearance, like a low-flying jet, or a battleship or something on the water levels, etc.

Next up:

Mr. Do! 1982 Universal

I loved this game ALMOST as much as Dig Dug; the only demerit was the AI of the enemies was lower in Mr. Do!  In Dig Dug, they would retreat and try to get away from the rocks when they were dropped on them.  In Mr. Do!, the enemies retreat but wait below, still in the path of the falling apples, and get smushed.  Dumb!

But the game was a hell of a lot of fun to play.  The biggest draw for me was to find out how to get the secret diamond to appear that gave you a free credit.  It kind of sucked to have to wait for the powerball to return, especially when being chased by the monsters.  It would have been better to just come back after a specific amount of seconds pass, but it just seemed to return at random intervals.  But I still played it to death.  And the game was popular enough to spawn 3 sequels and a Neo-Geo version.  Wish I didn't run out of room for arcade machines at my house, having just bought Dig Dug.  Oh well.




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2008 10:07 pm
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Spyhunter......The music was mesmerizing. Good weapons....good concept.....Now have the music stuck in my head.



Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2008 6:53 am
 

AN ARCADE GAME OF YESTERYEAR YOU LOVED, AND WHY

Speaking of Asteroids, the next entry is:

Asteroids Deluxe, 1980 Atari

This game didn't get nearly the notice the original did, and is kinda considered a flop.  It's too similar to the original IMO.  They added a SHIELD button that allowed you to withstand some damage from enemy fire or asteroids.  Also an extra enemy was added, which when shot would split up into 4 or so parts that chased you.  This little addition was designed to discourage the Asteroids trick of destroying all but a small fragment of asteroid onscreen, then just shooting ships for points.  With the new enemy appearing on occasion, the ufos or satellites would shoot it and the pieces would chase you.  Space Duel proved to be a better game.



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