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Title: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: BanzaiCat on October 04, 2018, 09:29:24 AM
Not really 'console gaming' but more related here then to other categories, I think...

Been thinking of a few of my favorite classic stand-up (and sit-down) arcade games from back in the day. I think we talked about this recently but I'm a bit out of it at the moment.

Cyberball 2072 was one I played a lot with friends...might be a great game IRL too, who knows!



Star Wars was a big favorite, too...



There's many others but I'll leave it at that. What about the rest of you?
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on October 04, 2018, 09:32:58 AM
I played that Star Wars game a crap ton. Same for the Star Trek Tactical Combat Simulator (another vector graphics game).

Gauntlet is probably my all-time favorite console game. The four person multi-player was awesome.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: Cyrano on October 04, 2018, 09:41:24 AM
Now I must think about this...

5.  Red Baron
4.  GORF
3.  Track and Field (with trackball rather than buttons)
2.  Star Wars
1.  Dragon's Lair

Crazy thing is, I'd stuff a quarter in any of them today without hesitation...

Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bbmike on October 04, 2018, 09:43:04 AM
^I played the hell out of both of those. A few others I loved: Gyruss, Nemesis, Gorf, Gun.Smoke

Ninja'd! By both I meant Star Wars and Star Trek. Tail Gunner was another one.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on October 04, 2018, 09:43:25 AM
Track and Field was great. Agreed about the track ball. Not sure I ever played a version with only buttons.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: Barthheart on October 04, 2018, 10:55:56 AM
Gauntlet was definitely a blast with 4 players.

3 players we used to play a lot of Rampage!

Our favourite drinking spot, despite the fact we were underage, had a sit down Tempest machine that we must have easily bought with the amount of coins we pumped in to it while drinking. Years later our group actually aquired a sit down Tempest machine that one buddy is able to keep running. We still play that alot when we gather at his place.

Also remember playing lots of Zaxxon.

Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on October 04, 2018, 10:59:40 AM
Also remember playing lots of Zaxxon.

Same. I also loved Omega Race.


Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bbmike on October 04, 2018, 11:10:33 AM
Odd, I don't remember Omega Race at all.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: Barthheart on October 04, 2018, 11:23:00 AM
Nor I.  ???

Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on October 04, 2018, 11:23:46 AM
Losers  :Loser:
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 04, 2018, 02:17:19 PM
I worked at a video game arcade the summer that Street Fighter II Tournament Edition was released.  You can guess where there were lines for hours.


I enjoyed Galaga, but I really loved the hard-to-find Galaga '88.

Gorf & Tron were cool b/c there were multiple things in each game.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bbmike on October 04, 2018, 02:24:05 PM
Play Galaga '88 Online (https://www.retrogames.cc/arcade-games/galaga-88.html)
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bayonetbrant on October 04, 2018, 03:54:00 PM
Play Galaga '88 Online (https://www.retrogames.cc/arcade-games/galaga-88.html)




should I be scared that you knew about that ???
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on October 04, 2018, 04:08:52 PM
I keep throwing quarters at the screen, but nothing is happening.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bob48 on October 04, 2018, 04:11:19 PM
S p a c e  I n v a d e r s

And one where you had 2 stick-like cowboys shooting it out (can't remember the name).
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on November 01, 2018, 09:20:35 AM
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/31/technology/personaltech/find-old-video-games.html
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bbmike on November 01, 2018, 09:24:00 AM
Written for the unwashed masses. Us geeks have known that stuff for years.  :D
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: mirth on November 01, 2018, 09:25:08 AM
It's always nice to see the hobby getting some love from the MSM.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bbmike on November 01, 2018, 09:34:31 AM
That's true.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: Cyrano on November 01, 2018, 10:07:25 AM
1:  Omega Race was awesome.  The one I played was controlled by a weird, stubby, metal joystick that I always felt was remaindered from some other thing.

2:  My son and I have talked a lot about how my understanding of games was shaped by the design decisions of the quarter-eaters.  All of them -- all of them -- ultimately came down to "F*ck You - Pay Me" and were built, after allowing a certain teensy adrenaline rush for success, to drive out anyone but the savant.  So many fine examples exist, but can anything match the cruelty of "Dragon''s Lair", "Cliff Hanger", or "Asteroids" once that little beepy ship showed up?  As the arcades faded and the consoles took over, the latter at first embraced this cruelty of design, in no small part because they were porting arcade games.  As time went on, though, they seem to have realized they already had the player's money and didn't need to create the next cyber sodomy machine.  In fact, they found players might like not playing a game that made them want to melt their controllers.

Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: bayonetbrant on November 01, 2018, 10:09:38 AM
yep, arcade games just always reinforce the idea that death was inevitable, even if the computer had to run at hyperspeed just to beat you
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: Metaldog on November 01, 2018, 10:34:53 PM
+1 for Rampage and Gauntlet!  Played lots of Galaga.  Hated it when they went scorpion!  Dig dug.  Pinball machines.
Title: Re: Classic Arcade Games
Post by: 72z on November 03, 2018, 06:45:18 AM

And anything at pizza parlors ...