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2012-11-08 09:13:04 PM  
I knew it was Dragon's Lair before I clicked. This game had animated sequences. Some sequences showed you success and others showed you being killed. You had to hit the joystick and/or buttons at just the right time to be a success.
 
2012-11-08 09:26:29 PM  
The game was pure memorization. Good graphics for the time. IIRC it was all on laserdisc and it was one of the first (if not the first) game that cost 50 cents.

A friend of mine had one. Yeah, he was good at it and yes he was a spoiled rich kid.

I preferred to stick to things like Centipede and Galaga at the time.

I still do...whenever I see either of those games (which are quite rare to see these days) I'll find a quarter and see if I still have it.

csb - in the early '90s I lived next door to a pool hall that had a video game room. I often used to walk over to it and play Galaga while I swilled beer and smoked cigarettes. Good times...I could make a quarter go a long way back then and my initials were always in the high scores on that machine. I just looked it up. The pool hall still exists, but not at the location I used to go to. I'm sure you can't smoke there anymore and I bet they don't have any decent video games anymore.
 
2012-11-08 09:34:49 PM  
There was another laser disc game that same time, and it's killing me that I can't remember the name. Something to do with spies, I think.

Man.. I tossed a lot of quarters in both back then.

And Pengo.

Why did I waste my formative years playing freakin Pengo?!?
 
2012-11-08 09:39:25 PM  
My big games were Speed Rumbler, Gauntlet and Spy Hunter.

Dragon's Lair I, II and Space Ace were not only games they made cartoon series in the 80s afterwards.
 
2012-11-08 09:41:51 PM  
Oh, and Tron.
Battlezone
Q-Bert
Joust

Must find my Mame roms.
 
2012-11-08 09:44:18 PM  
Back in the 80s, I spent a lot of summer nights driving to different video arcades and putting quarters into these games.
Now I can play Dragon's Lair and Space Ace on my iPod..
 
2012-11-08 09:51:28 PM  

alaric3: My big games were Speed Rumbler, Gauntlet and Spy Hunter.


I dropped quite a few quarters into Spy Hunter as well. That and Phoenix, Pole Position and Defender/Stargate were also among my favorites although I always sucked at Defender and Stargate in the arcade but got quite good at Stargate when I got it on my PC. That game just had too many buttons.

I don't even remember Speed Rumbler or Gauntlet - they might have appeared after I got out of the quarter games
 
2012-11-08 10:00:52 PM  

Vodka Zombie: There was another laser disc game that same time, and it's killing me that I can't remember the name. Something to do with spies, I think.


I'm only aware of Space Ace outside the Dragon's Lair stuff. I shoved a bunch of quarters in all of them.

/subby sounds young
 
2012-11-08 10:05:09 PM  

Radak: Vodka Zombie: There was another laser disc game that same time, and it's killing me that I can't remember the name. Something to do with spies, I think.

I'm only aware of Space Ace outside the Dragon's Lair stuff. I shoved a bunch of quarters in all of them.

/subby sounds young


I was born the year this came out

/subs
 
2012-11-08 10:05:47 PM  
I could beat Dragon's Lair on my first 50 cents.

Eventually.

After spending about 100 dollars to memorize the damn thing first.

And the fight with the dragon could be really unfair, I think they made the controls extra twitchy at the end there.
 
2012-11-08 10:15:56 PM  

cman: I was born the year this came out


We still love you.

/you beat me to Fark by a lot of years
 
2012-11-08 10:16:10 PM  

Confabulat: I could beat Dragon's Lair on my first 50 cents.

Eventually.

After spending about 100 dollars to memorize the damn thing first.

And the fight with the dragon could be really unfair, I think they made the controls extra twitchy at the end there.


Considering how simplistic the technology and its limitations the only thing really they could do is make it pretty farking hard to make it enjoyable
 
2012-11-08 10:17:53 PM  

Radak: cman: I was born the year this came out

We still love you.

/you beat me to Fark by a lot of years


I was a geek when I was a teen. I watched ZDTV/TechTV all the time. Drew used to give interviews on the show called Screen Savers. This was late 99/early 00s. I've been hooked since.
 
2012-11-08 10:23:26 PM  

Confabulat: I could beat Dragon's Lair on my first 50 cents.

Eventually.

After spending about 100 dollars to memorize the damn thing first.

And the fight with the dragon could be really unfair, I think they made the controls extra twitchy at the end there.




I thought the controls were extra twitchy all the way through the game! I always felt like my fate was predetermined so I'd end up back at the Robotron or the aforementioned Stargate machines.
 
2012-11-08 10:23:38 PM  
Defender. Best video game ever made.

/the 990,000 to whatever it was close to a million bug was awesome
 
2012-11-08 10:27:30 PM  
We never got that game up here ...

We did get the huge, bill-board style "Duck Hunt," where you had back-lit silhouettes of the hunter and the ducks, and only four positions for the shotgun (in profile, not aimed down the barrel). I've never seen or heard of that anywhere but the pizza place here, in the mid-80s.

And as far as lots of quarters used ... Golden Axe, for the most part.
 
2012-11-08 10:28:37 PM  

cman: Considering how simplistic the technology and its limitations the only thing really they could do is make it pretty farking hard to make it enjoyable


There's the key. It wasn't.

And when it came out, every other game was 25 cents. At least where I lived, this one was 50 cents, and you typically kept dying until you learned the sequence. (No, I never did. I wasn't rich.)
 
2012-11-08 10:33:40 PM  

Happy Hours: Good graphics for the time. IIRC it was all on laserdisc and it was one of the first (if not the first) game that cost 50 cents.


It was all animation, hand-drawn by cartoonists, and the sequences were stitched together with some basic game logic that did a seek on Laserdisc to play the appropriate choice you made.

Groundbreaking, but not in a CGI sense.
 
2012-11-08 10:42:51 PM  
I played Dragon's Lair at PAX East 2011, in their arcade area. It was awesome!
 
2012-11-08 10:49:36 PM  
Wow, a video game? In the 80's??? What's next, microwave ovens?
 
2012-11-08 10:56:57 PM  

vossiewulf: Defender. Best video game ever made.

/the 990,000 to whatever it was close to a million bug was awesome


The Galaga no-more-enemy-missles bug was pretty cool.
 
2012-11-08 10:57:00 PM  

Otto's_Jacket: I thought the controls were extra twitchy all the way through the game! I always felt like my fate was predetermined so I'd end up back at the Robotron or the aforementioned Stargate machines.


At least Dirk's death scenes were usually pretty entertaining, which was good, cause you would sure see a lot of them.
 
2012-11-08 10:57:20 PM  
is it already time for this thread again?

*yawn*

/a whole internet full of videos and the same Dragon's Lair game-play keeps getting greenlit over and over.
 
2012-11-08 10:58:51 PM  
 
2012-11-08 11:02:18 PM  
Double Dragon took the bulk of my money as a teen. Back when you reserved your spot by putting tokens up on the top of the game. Once got in a fight over who was next in DD... Yes I'm getting old!
 
2012-11-08 11:03:45 PM  
Wow! That's super awesome!

Here's a video of William Shatner (Star Trek's Captain Kirk) performing Elton John's Rocketman.

You won't believe it!
 
2012-11-08 11:07:18 PM  

Shostie: Wow! That's super awesome!

Here's a video of William Shatner (Star Trek's Captain Kirk) performing Elton John's Rocketman.

You won't believe it!


Link
 
2012-11-08 11:17:37 PM  

alaric3: Oh, and Tron.
Battlezone
Q-Bert
Joust

Must find my Mame roms.


Nice selection. Needs TMNT, Super Offroad, Tempest, and many others I'm neglecting atm.
 
2012-11-08 11:18:46 PM  
I was poor, so we only had the board game version

image.retrojunk.com
 
2012-11-08 11:29:27 PM  

Confabulat: The many deaths of Dirk




HA! The scene with the burning rope and Dirk falling into the fire is etched into my brain...I must have been particularly bad at that sequence.
 
2012-11-08 11:29:47 PM  

Precious Roy's Horse Dividers: I was poor, so we only had the board game version

[image.retrojunk.com image 260x400]


Roll the dice to see which way you'll die.
 
2012-11-08 11:31:38 PM  
Step off, y'all. I had Dragon's Lair for...COLECOVISION!
 
2012-11-08 11:34:25 PM  

Lord Jubjub: I knew it was Dragon's Lair before I clicked. This game had animated sequences. Some sequences showed you success and others showed you being killed. You had to hit the joystick and/or buttons at just the right time to be a success.


Same here...it was a big farking deal back then.
 
2012-11-08 11:54:34 PM  

alaric3: Must find my Mame roms.


just downloaded mame (had it before, but never on this laptop)

So far I only have one game...damn, this is frustrating. I haven't even broken 10,000 on Phoenix yet....fuuuuu
 
2012-11-09 12:03:22 AM  

Lorelle: Lord Jubjub: I knew it was Dragon's Lair before I clicked. This game had animated sequences. Some sequences showed you success and others showed you being killed. You had to hit the joystick and/or buttons at just the right time to be a success.

Same here...it was a big farking deal back then.


I was from a really small town so I mostly grew up on the pinball games in the laundromat or roller rink. But every once in awhile we would go to the big city and in the mall they had an arcade with this game in it. I would stand there and just watch people play it. I can still picture it today.
 
2012-11-09 12:21:04 AM  
Subby's brain would probably melt if he saw Thayer's Quest.
 
2012-11-09 12:26:24 AM  
I was a god, A GOD! at Mario Bros. The first one. Dad and I could make it to the 47th level on a quarter each. Then we always ran out of time and had to go home. But until that level, A FARKING GOD.

Now I die playing Animal Crossing. Sheesh.
 
2012-11-09 12:30:27 AM  

shift_DAWG: Subby's brain would probably melt if he saw Thayer's Quest.


Or Elite.
He probably thinks Grand Theft Auto 3 invented sandbox games.
 
2012-11-09 12:30:35 AM  
Don Bluth did the animation. He also did "The Secret of NIMN," "An American Tail," "The Land Before Time," "Rock-A-Doodle," "The Fox and the Hound" and lots of other animated features.
 
2012-11-09 12:37:26 AM  
I remember getting to the whirlpools, the first set, and never getting past. I once watched a guy get to the dragon, but die before the sword.

SOOO many quarters burned....
 
2012-11-09 12:45:28 AM  
Had an ultra-rare laserdisc arcade machine, Freedom Fighter, at the arcade near my house. Used clips from Galaxy Express 999. Way better than Dragon's Lair but five times harder.

Ten games of '80s that were must-plays, off the top of my head:
1. Elevator Action
2. Discs of Tron
3. WWF Superstars
4. Double Dragon
5. Spy Hunter
6. The Ninja Warriors
7. Ikari Warriors
8. Cyberball
9. Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom
10. Gun.Smoke
 
2012-11-09 12:48:46 AM  
I remember that game in the arcades when I was a kid. The graphics impressed the hell out of me until I learned it was just a laser disc player cycling through different traditional cel animations depending on the sequences of joystick and button presses. The game play itself was actually pretty lame. Donkey Kong, Crazy Climber and Pac Man were much more fun to play.

I believe the machine had a dipswitch setting that determined if the gameplay sequences were random or followed a set pattern.

I farking hated the black knight and the swinging pugil sticks.
 
2012-11-09 12:50:06 AM  
Get off my lawn.
 
2012-11-09 01:07:59 AM  
I wonder if the Windows CD I had for Dragons' Lair is still at my dad's somewhere. I never got past the moat because I don't have that kind of patience. Actually I only got 6 min through the video because scenes started repeating, only flipped, and I think I'd have put my fist through the monitor after finding that out. It was pretty, I'll give them that.

I'm still amazed I made it through the second King's Quest game on my own, frankly. Guess since I was medicated better back then and had time to kill, it was easier to concentrate on the details.
 
2012-11-09 01:12:18 AM  
Tempest, Zookeeper, Paperboy.
 
2012-11-09 01:14:34 AM  

Vodka Zombie: There was another laser disc game that same time, and it's killing me that I can't remember the name. Something to do with spies, I think.

Man.. I tossed a lot of quarters in both back then.


Me too.

Cliff Hanger
 
2012-11-09 01:20:22 AM  

Happy Hours: The game was pure memorization.


You could beat just about any 80's arcade game if you could memorize the patterns. AI was virtually non-existent - mostly the enemies in games either moved in set patterns or reacted to your movements in a per-determined fashion.
 
2012-11-09 01:22:28 AM  

Happy Hours: The game was pure memorization. Good graphics for the time. IIRC it was all on laserdisc and it was one of the first (if not the first) game that cost 50 cents.


It could probably be considered the first FMV game. Although memorization was a big part of it, the sequences were rendered randomly (sometimes the same sequence would play twice in a row) to try and mess with memorization strategies.

It was unique for its time, but not very fun to play.
 
2012-11-09 01:23:01 AM  
I was born in 1985... I missed out on the golden age of arcades. Still, I still grew up kicking all kinds of ass in Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3, so I did alright.
 
2012-11-09 01:23:06 AM  
Dragon's Lair and Space Ace were certainly spectacular for their time. Playing or watching I was mesmerized when I was younger. Then later you had the holographic "Time Traveler" and the gallery shooter Mad Dog McCree and his ilk.
 
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