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Kash
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There were some great games around, remember the motion subs for 'Afterburner' and 'Chase H.Q.'? or the excellent beat-em' up 'Michael Jackson's Moonwalker' (admit it, how many of you fell over trying to copy 'The Lean' from 'Smooth Criminal'?) Loved the 'Operation Wolf' games, the machines were just so well made, they looked as good as the games themselves.
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some of the ones i used to play when i was a kid back in the 80's were sonic, vigilante and this space ship game where you had to shoot and dodge the comet rocks
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My parents were always a bit reluctant to let me going into a arcade setting, fearing that more aggressive kids would pick my pockets. When possible, though, I'd go to town, especially if it was Out Run or any version of Pac-Man (Super Pac-Man being my favorite). The bowling alley nearby also had the TMNT video game (first or second, I'm not sure), and after making sure I'd select Leonardo to play with (he was always my favorite, perhaps because he wields identifiable weapons to a young child), I'd rock and roll--although try though I might, I could never quite get past the burning building level.

Now if this discussion extends beyond actual arcades to the games in them, I sampled quite a bit of them through multi-genenrational Intellivision sets over the years. Favorites include Night Stalker, Shark ! Shark! (I went well over 100,000 points a couple of times), Lock 'n Chase (level 10), Astrosmash, Donkey Kong, Frogger (level 13), Q-Bert (&*(%(&^%&#!), Star Strike (even though controlling the ship was ridiculous even without the alien fighters on your tail) and Carnival. Much as I wanted to try it out, I could never quite get the Dungeons & Dragons disc to work, though, and thus have had to settle for watching Ralph Hinckley go to town playing it in that episode where they're infiltrating the real-life D&D game, believe it or not.

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The Highlights of the 1980's arcade: Pac Man, Asteroids, Centipede, Galaga and Galaxian, and of course my all time favorite Gauntlet!

Red Warrior needs food badly!

Not sure if it was 80's but Smash TV was soooooooo great and it had Robocop and Running Man references.

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To me it was Zaxon,Moon Patrol,Operation wolf, Breakout,Vanguard,forget the name but it was a space game with realistic graphics,and Star Trek. Never liked arcades because of the theives,punks and jerks looking for a free game and they began to cost more to the point where you are better off buying the console version of a game.
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wow people actually stole arcade rounds?
that sucks.

now adays for the new kids its called M.A.M.E.
Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.

Afterburner was da bomb

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RUSH and CRASH
was the best game ever

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The Star Wars games ruled all!!!

I also became a bit of a gamesmaster on Karate Champ and Kung-Fu....


Noms [Cool]

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Tempest!

I worked in an arcade the summer of 1984 at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, NJ. I played many games that summer. so did all of my friends ;-)

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How can you guys be ingoring Defender -- only, like, the greatest arcade game ever! [Wink]
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Forgot defender the PS2 version of it is great.
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I've played a lot of these games, actually, for a lot of my life. Thank goodness they have them handy at my local pizza parlor, too. ^_^

I occasionally play TMNT & Pacman (along with Galaxa, Asteroids, & Centipede, believe it or not), & other times, I've played Star Wars & Frogger.

*gasps upon seeing that first post* Michael Jackson...had a video game? [Big Grin] You've got to be yanking my chain, right? *looks awed*

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Can one of you members Stateside tell me what Chuck E. Cheese is/was?
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quote:
Originally posted by Gigawatt?:
Can one of you members Stateside tell me what Chuck E. Cheese is/was?

Gigawatt? Chuck E. Cheese was and still is da place to be as a kid... I still go there when my kid siblings have birthday parties... they serve pizza there are tunnels, a pool of colorful balls to jump in- DA BOMB better than just playing the arcade..but they had a variety of arcade games to choose from (depends on the size of the Chuck E. Cheese) but usually when I was a kid I remember my parents saying that for a Birthday party for me and a "few" friends it would cost about $150-$200 circa 1995 so who knows now with the cost of living... [Razz]
-The Memories-
[Frown]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_E._Cheese's

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Ikari Warriors with the dual stick was the boss of arcade mayhem. I wish I could have the money I spent on this beast back in the day.

I also have a soft spot for Ms. Pac Man. Gee she was a cutie.

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Even though Chuck E Cheese still exists today, it is a mere shadow of its once great self.
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Devolution here,

I was partial to Punchout! (which I have beaten)

Star Wars- Man that was awesome, to blow up the Death Star was SOOOOO cool.

and OutRun - Choosing your music made the game.

We are DEVO

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I was rather good at Ms. Pac-Man. Not to toot my own horn but I am still rather good at it. [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by The Mouse Avenger:
I've played a lot of these games, actually, for a lot of my life. Thank goodness they have them handy at my local pizza parlor, too. ^_^

I occasionally play TMNT & Pacman (along with Galaxa, Asteroids, & Centipede, believe it or not), & other times, I've played Star Wars & Frogger.

*gasps upon seeing that first post* Michael Jackson...had a video game? [Big Grin] You've got to be yanking my chain, right? *looks awed*

Moonwalker The Aracde Game
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Definitely something I would have played had it been available in my area. I do love the Smooth Criminal segment of The Moonwalker the concept for the game was based on (is it any wonder Michael ended up friends with Macaulay Culkin given that they both give Joe Pesci the worst whippings of his career), with Michael proving he's not just the King of Pop, he's the King of Transformers as well (the Spaceship Mike was fascinating). The heck with the negative press, they should put it back on VH-1.
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The simplicity and pure playability of IREMS, KUNG FU MASTER meant that many hours & 10p's where wasted on this bad boy!
Also:
GAUNTLET
TOOBIN
INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
NARC
I could go on...

MM

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Atari Star Wars: "Use the Force, Luke..."

Battlezone - didn't some guy once make it to the mountains? [Wink]

Stargate... Asteroids... The list goes on.

Happy days [Smile]

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Man are you guys gonna like this website...

http://www.cinemarcade.com/arcade84.html

hehehehehe... [Smile]

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Ok There were a few places to play games in my old hometown. The best of which was Alladin's Castle of course. Man, birthday parties at Alladin's Caslte with all of the games set to free play... That was the best.

As for the games themselves:

Dragon's Lair, actually a rather crappy game, but if ever there was someone really good playing it, a crowd always formed to watch!

Super Off Road - always loved that game.

My local Alladins Castle had a Super Mario Bros Stand up that ate away much of my allowance money until I got my first NES.


Then there was a few coin ops at Hills and Krogers. I remember at Krogers, Robotron 2004? or 2084? Had two sticks and you had to save the people from the robots... That game was freaking hard and panic inducing but I couldnt resist playing it. They also had Donkey Kong 3. A pitiful game in retrospect but as a kid I thought the player character looked cool so I loved it.

Then at hills they had the Original Mario Bros, and Elevator Action.

Man the memories..... I loved those days....

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quote:
Originally posted by JCU:
Even though Chuck E Cheese still exists today, it is a mere shadow of its once great self.

I absolutely, positively cannot stand that place. Aside from the skeeball and the quarterback football toss game and a couple other games it is pathetic. Maybe if the prizes were ALOT better it would be different. Any game that takes longer to incert your coin than it does to play the game is a joke and CC should be ashamed of themselves for it.
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