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(I-Mockery)   Classic arcade games and consoles aren't dead, they're just in random backyards now instead, as evidenced in these photos from the 2012 SC3 gathering   (i-mockery.com) divider line 36
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2012-11-12 09:06:40 PM  
I thought they were all in James Rolfes basement.
 
2012-11-12 09:14:35 PM  
I remember trying out the virtual boy at Sams Club back in the day.
 
2012-11-12 09:16:35 PM  
I remember playing the hell out of Food Fight. Haven't played in years.
 
2012-11-12 09:18:17 PM  
Ah, sticker albums. A simpler time when suckers were more easily swindled out of their money.
 
2012-11-12 09:22:26 PM  
Blaster! For some reason it looks to me like the game from the Last Starfighter.

I miss the dim electronic mecca that was the arcade.
 
2012-11-12 09:32:56 PM  

Fano: I miss the dim electronic mecca that was the arcade.


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I can hear the bowling pins and smell the cigarettes. 

/Sea Wolf
 
2012-11-12 09:33:01 PM  

Flappyhead: I thought they were all in James Rolfes basement.


That guy needs to stop trying to act. It's horrible.
 
2012-11-12 10:17:17 PM  
i miss pinball.

/old, fat
 
2012-11-12 10:26:29 PM  
I miss 720°. Could play that game for hours (and I'm not even into skateboarding).
 
2012-11-12 10:28:37 PM  
As an 80's and eraly 90's child, I feel like the thing that killed arcades wasn't the NES I had at home, but that even with a dollar, I could play at most two games. And then some game like Cruisin' USA or Jurassic Park Pinball would cost $1.25, so I'd never even get to touch those. The mall arcade was always dead because kids would blow the entire wad their parents gave them on the first farking game and it would last all of 30 seconds for something you'd never played before and would never have enough money to try again. It's not like I would have gone and spent $2.75 on something else if the games still cost 25 cents. I might have hung around longer, brought more friends, or wanted to go back.
Hell, in my college days I remember finding a token for an old local arcade in a change jar. I knew I probably had it because 1 token wouldn't have paid for a single game, I'd quit the day with an odd number, and I'd never been back.

There was a barber shop in town that had a Terminator 2: Judgement Day machine. Free if you were getting your hair cut, as many times as you wanted without pissing off the barber.
 
2012-11-12 11:06:47 PM  
There's one of these in my neck of the woods this weekend. Lots of stuff (good and bad) for sale. Too many "I really want that" opportunities.

//Hope to pick up a SuperGun.
 
2012-11-12 11:49:10 PM  
Phew. I thought they weren't working.
 
2012-11-13 12:48:22 AM  
A friend of mine gave me a Street Fighter 2 cabinet, which I picked up this weekend. The jamma is fine, but the power supply is cooked, and the monitor has serious burn in for a sega game. I'm going to turn it into a mame cabinet over the winter.
 
2012-11-13 12:59:50 AM  

Fano: I miss the dim electronic mecca that was the arcade.


Same here. When I was a kid there was this place my family always went called Godfather's Pizza. Not only did they have amazing pizza there, but they also had a really nice arcade in the back with a couple of dozen games. My family went there every other Saturday night or so, and it was always something I looked forward to.
 
2012-11-13 01:09:27 AM  

darkjezter: Fano: I miss the dim electronic mecca that was the arcade.

Same here. When I was a kid there was this place my family always went called Godfather's Pizza. Not only did they have amazing pizza there, but they also had a really nice arcade in the back with a couple of dozen games. My family went there every other Saturday night or so, and it was always something I looked forward to.


For me it was Aladdin's Castle and The Gold Mine. Also Showbiz Pizza, which turned into Billy Bob's Wonderland. The pizza place was well lit. Godfather's was great. But I think of all the arcades that were lit only by the games. My hometown had a place called "The Twilight Zone" that I assume made more money from the drug trade than videogames. I still have tokens from old game palaces.
 
2012-11-13 01:35:03 AM  

KrispyKritter: i miss pinball.

/old, fat


There's nothing quite like pinball. Sucks that as my income goes up, the tables I want all increase in price even faster. If they were at the price they were ten years ago, I might be seriously lobbying the wife to get one, and I'd have about even odds of winning, I'd say.

Will probably never own My Machine.

/ Addams Family
// !!!CRACK!!!
 
2012-11-13 01:39:07 AM  
My local arcade growing up was a Time Out! at the mall. It still exists to this day, but holy hell is it depressing. It's brightly lit, most of the games are either skill testers where you can win like an iPod, or some really out of date racing game. During the glory days of the 90s, there were lines to play Street Fighter, NBA Jam, and Mortal Kombat with plenty of trash talking to go around.
 
2012-11-13 01:50:55 AM  
I'd sell my soul for a Gorgar pinball machine. They had one at the local youth center in my hometown and a high school buddy of mine owns it now. Best. Board. EVER.
 
2012-11-13 02:41:32 AM  

turdfergusonn: I'd sell my soul for a Gorgar pinball machine. They had one at the local youth center in my hometown and a high school buddy of mine owns it now. Best. Board. EVER.


Objection!

Twilight Zone and Addams Family BOTH want words for you.

/could be playing Golgar and Cirqus Voltaire on the Pinball Arcade Right now.
//Why aren't I?
 
2012-11-13 02:56:42 AM  
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Almost picked up an Addams, but couldn't talk myself into plunking down that much money *kicks self*

When I get a bigger place I want to do a bar/mancave/arcade with a whole bunch of pins. Maybe a MAME cabinet too, who knows. Prices for the A-listers have gone through the farking roof in the past year, though. I'm seeing pins that went for $3K or so topping $6K.

/fun fact: lead designer on both of those did the voice of Shao Kahn in the MK series
//and the TOASTY! guy did the sound/music
 
2012-11-13 03:11:45 AM  
I just gave all my stuff to goodwill recently...7 old systems and 150 games or so along with a CRT. I realized I was only getting nostalgic enough to play about once a year and playing the old games just wasn't as fun anymore.
 
2012-11-13 04:00:58 AM  
Another great place from my youth that I remember was a family fun center in Salt Lake City called the 49th Street Galleria. It had batting cages, amusement rides, laser tag, a food court, two mini-golf courses (one indoor and one outdoor that was only open during the warmer months of the year), and a HUGE arcade that had air hockey, skiball, and just about every arcade game that was out at the time. But since my family lived about 70 miles away it was only a place that we visited on special occasions like birthdays.

Man, being a kid in the 1980s kicked ass.
 
2012-11-13 04:52:59 AM  
Proud to say I was at this shindig this weekend.

Any local Southern Californian game nerds should try to make it to next year's SC3.

Will probably be bringing a game or two next year.

Picking up my 27th machine this Wednesday!!
 
2012-11-13 06:43:09 AM  

darkjezter: Fano: I miss the dim electronic mecca that was the arcade.

Same here. When I was a kid there was this place my family always went called Godfather's Pizza. Not only did they have amazing pizza there, but they also had a really nice arcade in the back with a couple of dozen games. My family went there every other Saturday night or so, and it was always something I looked forward to.


Good times, thanks for the memories! We had TWO Godfather's in the area and you're right, the pizza was terrific (for fast-food style pizza) and they both had sizable arcades. We also had Showbiz pizza (crappy pizza but a huge, awesome arcade), Chuck E. Cheese (ditto, nothing like today's CECs) and my favorite local arcade haunt, Circuit Circus across the street from our local mall, and independent that got all the new games before even the big places. I would do just about anything to visit a place like Showbiz even one more time, but of course the time period is part of what made it so magical. Remember when Zaxxon blew your socks off graphically? We're too jaded for that any more, but oh to have that time machine...
 
2012-11-13 07:06:01 AM  
If anybody wants to see, there's a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up.
 
2012-11-13 07:18:18 AM  
Working on a mame cabinet. Just bought a x-arcade tankstick without telling my wife. She lost it and made me sell off all my old nes games. I'm glad they have threads like this, I found out the name of one of my favorite arcade games from when I was 6 Solar Warrior
 
2012-11-13 08:04:08 AM  

TheZorker: turdfergusonn: I'd sell my soul for a Gorgar pinball machine. They had one at the local youth center in my hometown and a high school buddy of mine owns it now. Best. Board. EVER.

Objection!

Twilight Zone and Addams Family BOTH want words for you.


Black Knight and Black Knight 2000 look at each other and laugh before taking their money.
 
2012-11-13 08:31:50 AM  
I still have all of my classic consoles.

And James Rolfe RULES!
 
2012-11-13 09:07:57 AM  
They're selling the SEGA Genesis at CVS for thirty bucks.
 
2012-11-13 09:21:14 AM  
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Is that a Commie monitor? I swear those things were built to last forever
 
2012-11-13 10:21:42 AM  
God, if I ever get my family out of this hole were stuck in, i'm going to make arcade games the next family project.

After the harley rebuild.

After I get the van turned into the mystery machine....
after...
 
2012-11-13 10:58:37 AM  

TheZorker: turdfergusonn: I'd sell my soul for a Gorgar pinball machine. They had one at the local youth center in my hometown and a high school buddy of mine owns it now. Best. Board. EVER.

Objection!

Twilight Zone and Addams Family BOTH want words for you.

/could be playing Golgar and Cirqus Voltaire on the Pinball Arcade Right now.
//Why aren't I?


My life will be complete once I purchase the Twilight Zone pinball machine.

The sweetest sound on Earth is the "crack" of a free game on a pin. It's like being sucked off by an angel.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:23 PM  
There was a day when even the most mundane of stores had a video game cabinet in there somewhere.
 
2012-11-13 01:42:03 PM  
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2012-11-13 02:36:44 PM  

Petey4335: [i-mockery.com image 549x364]

Is that a Commie monitor? I swear those things were built to last forever


Looks like one. I bought one several years ago at a yard sale for five bucks, and it still works, with barely any extra adjustment for it's age. I've hooked up a portable DVD player to it for showing old monster movies on my porch on Hallowe'en, several different plug and play games, my old Atari 7800, NES, Sega Nomad, whatever else I want to try, and you're right, it is built to last. To me, it's best for playing the old stuff. I need to get a small arcade-looking cabinet to put it in, just to give it a nice display case.
 
2012-11-15 07:20:47 AM  
the virtual boy gave me a headache
 
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