As gaming gets older and the players get younger, fewer have nostalgia for arcades. Do you have memories of video games' original platform?
When I was younger we used to have this arcade that was open until 2 am. You could grab pizza and soda at the snack bar and the owner didn't care that you'd set it on the machines. You'd get 7 tokens for $1, 40 for $5 and 100 for $10. The most expensive games were the new ones and they would cost 2 tokens. The place had pool tables, pinball machines, and classic arcade games as well as the newest. Back in those days, you could still smoke cigarettes in there. Its gone now. Too bad really.
Cool memories, man i miss those days. I remember me & my cousin running down to the local chip shop and playing Double Dragon all day during the school holidays, the owner would eventually kick us out for mashing the buttons to hard. lol
Ah, yes. Daytona while smoking a cigarette. Those were the days. I did used to find that the smoke got a bit too much in arcades but because it's banned now I kind of find myself missing it. My strongest memories of arcades are spending hours on Tekken 2, memorising the commands to unlock secret characters and King's throw combos. The other games that stand out are: Street Fighter II Virtua Fighter Ridge Racer Rave Racer Tekken 1 & 2 Virtua Racer Manx TT R360 Time Crisis Yes, I was a teenager in the 90's I remember the incredible excitement of getting a PSX from Japan in 1994 and playing Ridge Racer at home for the very first time. It was the closest we had ever come to having an arcade experience in the living room and it felt like magic. I don't know whether it's the jaded view of age but you simply don't get that kind of excitement when a new console comes out these days. Back then it was like a whole other world was upon us as gamers. It also marked the beginning of the end for arcades as we knew them.
"Ah, yes. Daytona while smoking a cigarette. Those were the days. I did used to find that the smoke got a bit too much in arcades but because it's banned now I kind of find myself missing it." YES! I remember certain arcade machines had an ashtray! lol. I used to love going to trocadero/sega world and the arcades by goodge street station on tottenham court road ( they are still open. Lots of fighting games downstairs) Best thing about the arcades back then? the vibe. I miss that vibe, man. First arcade game I ever played was outrun.I was about six or seven at the time. After that, al my pocket money was spent on arcades and the monthly copies of CVG and mean machines.
@GodGinrai Have you been to the Trocadero lately? It's like a weird indoor market with people selling fake Beats headphones and E-Cigs. There's a few dead arcade machines dotted around and that's about it. I think it sums up the state of the arcade scene in the West. The only saving grace is that there is a couple of little shops that sell gaming collectibles from Japan. I'm going to Franco Manca's on Saturday, I'll have to check out the arcades on Goodge Street, I had no idea they were still there! My girlfriend is gonna love that. Haha!......or not. She already hates that I have to go in the camera shops on Tottenham Court Road every time we're near there and I never buy anything because it's cheaper online. She just doesn't understand that you have to research things before you buy them. ;)
What i remember, Hydro Thunder, 18 wheeler, Crazy taxi, Daytona, ddr, San Francisco Rush, The Simpsons arcade, Super Off Road.
@Alsybub Havent been trocs in years, shame it fell off so bad! But when im doing a little shopping on oxford street, I always make a little diversion towards that little arcade next to goodge street station. Always a few folks downstairs getting their fighting game, groove on! Might bump into you down there!
I miss Arcades: * South Park Pinball * Time Crisis * P.O.W. * Super 0ff-Road * TNMNT * Avengers * Street Fighter * Marvel vs Street Fighter * TOP SKATER! * Lethal Enforcers * Area 51 * Cruis'n USA * Daytona USA * Terminator 2 * X-Men * NFL Blitz * Mortal Kombat * Simpson Arcade game * NBA Jam * WWF * That one Hockey game that was kind of like WWF * Race Drivin I'm missing like 50-100 other great games....
its pain takenly compensate into mame 0.154 right now.
I was born in 1970, I have way too many memories of arcades.
I had an arcade nearby my home here in Chicago where you could go every sunday and pay $3 and play all the games from 8 til noon.... this was over 20 years ago now, but boy was that fun... beat alot of arcade games that way, since you didn't have to pump tokens into them...
When I was a teen, Chuck E Cheese used to do "teen night." This was the Chuck E Cheese that was filled with arcade games. Well, you paid a cover charge and all the games were free to play that night. You had to pay for pizza but it was awesome.
I remember playing a ton of Jungle Hunt and Zaxxon in the arcades early on. Then The Simpsons came out, X-Men, and Ninja Turtles. Those were all great. Later on it seemed like more and more of the games were turning into shooters, like Area 51, but for me, Operation Wolf was the only shooter I needed. Good times.
as an 80s baby I lived in the arcade ..... good times
In the 80s..all the cool kids hung out at the arcades :)
lol that's right fellow cool kid
Plenty. Time Crisis Street Fighter Soul Calibur Police 911 (Very fun light gun game that uses motion to dodge, you could just lean out of the way of bullets, it was awesome) And much more. I spent a very long time in arcades.
I remember playing an arcade game called The Ninja Warriors and Silkworm. The smell of the arcade was lovely that always brings back memories like smelling a SNES cartridge once it has been in the machine for a while. The good old days.
Early 90's, all day.. baby.
So many memories. I think the beginning of the death of arcades was the dreamcast. This was the first time when the home console looked as good as or better than the arcade in every instance. Playstation was the first nail in the coffin, and now that online gaming is so ubiquitous that was one of the last things an arcade had over home consoles, which was being able to play with or against strangers in the absence of friends when and where you wanted to play. I think arcades could make a total comeback, but they would need to be savvy and fast. If there was an arcade near me that offered 15 minutes of gameplay on a super top of the line PC, equipped with great 3d headphones, an oculus rift, an omni, a kinect, and any other cool gameplay peripherals. And separate machines with top of the line inertia based motion seats (and still with oculus's) for racing and flying games, and if this was all configured to absolute perfection, where you strap in, and all the devices work well, and the game is already set up. I would gladly pay several dollars several times to get a few go's. I think that's the only shot arcades have at becoming a big thing again, to stay with completely top of the line PCs and peripherals creating experiences you can't even come close to on home consoles. There's not really much point without that, and even now most arcades don't even look as good as top of the line console games. That's like paying movie theater ticket prices to be able to sit next to strangers and watch movies on a small screen.
I was involved in a PlayStation lounge when the PS3 came out. We had about 50 PS3s connected to high end Bravia screens and it was all done with the blessing of Sony. The place was built to the highest standards and nothing was skimped on. Comfy chairs with headphones for every player and a good network and solid internet connection for tournaments and a coffee bar with a barista. We set up leagues and advertised professionally in the local press but it simply didn't take off. We even used to get the promos of games before they were out, from Sony, and we still weren't able to attract visitors. It's a shame because it was a format that I really believed could have worked. The biggest issue it had at the time was that, in all honesty, 360 was the way to go for network play for tournaments. The only game that really fit the model on PS3 at the time was CoD 4. It was popular but as soon as the initial Buzz died down it went back to being quiet. Of course, one of the big reasons we went with Sony was because you didn't have to pay for online gaming and so we could create an account for anyone that wanted to play. If those people had been able to create enough interest then maybe we could have attracted people with their own accounts and consoles at home to come and play in tournaments and leagues for the social aspect.
Playing Dancing Eyes for the first time and laughing my ass off, while people looked at me like I was a weirdo.
Im definitely "old school"! list of games off the top of my head i'd walk 2 miles to play: space zap, sinistar, xevious, major havoc, tempest, berzerk and so many more! BTW, I'm 48, so most of these I played when they first released!
Do you remember Speed Rumbler? Easily one of my favs from the old school days. That and Jackal.
I do remember "Speed Rumbler"! It was a terrorist game!
I had this friend who, every year for his birthday party, would rent the entire Alladin's Castle arcade for a few hours in the early AM. No tokens required - all of the machines were on free and ready to go. I couldn't even sleep the night before I was so excited..
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