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2014-05-01 06:53:20 PM

Theaetetus: buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.

Yes, but the concern wasn't obscenity, but rather copyright infringement of this well-known F*ck-man game:
[pnmedia.gamespy.com image 250x151]


I thought the name Pac-Man came from "Paku-Man", a character in Japanese folklore who literally
ate everything he saw.
 
2014-05-01 06:55:57 PM
As the rather close, 203-175 vote indicates, the ban still had its supporters. One of those supporters, Sue Walker, said that, "There is gaming all over the place, and there's nothing fun about it."

I'm guessing that Sue Walker is a fat vicious old hag who flips off people who snicker at her when she's uses her Hoverround to get some KFC drive-thru
 
2014-05-01 07:40:59 PM
House of Targ in Ottawa -  http://www.houseoftarg.com/  Perogies and pinball.
 
2014-05-01 07:41:01 PM

codigo: Heatseeker: Hello Marshfield residents and welcome back to 1982.
Here are just a few things you will soon look forward to:
The arcade is a gateway drug. Soon the kids will end up using the "Rubik's Cube" while listening to Kajagoogoo on their "walkmans", while standing on the corner wearing Kangaroos and Member's Only jackets, drinking Crystal Pepsi and New Coke.

Great now I have Too Shy playing in my head. You are now my nemesis.


Give in to that fear and hatred. Let those soothing lyrics wash over you and become one with the 80s.
 
2014-05-01 07:58:57 PM

nurdgrrl: House of Targ in Ottawa -  http://www.houseoftarg.com/  Perogies and pinball.



I have forwarded this to my polish pinball playing girlfriend.  I doubt we'll ever be in Ottawa but...
 
2014-05-01 08:09:53 PM
Land of the free.
 
2014-05-01 08:10:27 PM

buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.


I saw one of those once and it was indeed vandalized like that.  At the time I knew nothing about the original prototype or demo cabinets and just assumed it was a cheap knockoff.
 
2014-05-01 08:37:10 PM

Li'l Robbie: Theaetetus: buckler: Fun fact: Pac-man was originally named "Puck-man" in Japan (due to the little guy's shape), but it was renamed for the American release out of fears that unruly teens would scrape off the forward part of the "P" on the cabinet, turning it into an F.

Yes, but the concern wasn't obscenity, but rather copyright infringement of this well-known F*ck-man game:
[pnmedia.gamespy.com image 250x151]

I thought the name Pac-Man came from "Paku-Man", a character in Japanese folklore who literally
ate everything he saw.


You're sort of right. In its very first incarnation, the first part of the name was "Pakku-pakku", which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of one's mouth repeatedly opening wide and closing.
 
2014-05-01 08:40:18 PM

CeroX: Now i'm going to have to look up that movie... because i'm sure that's a movie and not your actual life story...


If you find a movie with those specific details, then I'm going to have one hell of a plagiarism lawsuit to file.  Either that, or one of my friends from the old days who has legitimate claim to the tales of our youth wrote about the exact same stuff. That would be weird.
 
2014-05-01 08:41:31 PM

PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.


Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?
 
2014-05-01 08:45:16 PM

codigo: Rindred: Z82 Retrocade - Sherwood, AR

[www.arktimes.com image 600x450]

Do they still have those asshole cops that would give their own mom a speeding ticket in Sherwood?


Yes.
 
2014-05-01 09:00:34 PM
First they dig up E.T. now this?
 
2014-05-01 09:06:18 PM
arniesplacearcade.com
 
2014-05-01 09:08:00 PM
Hell, I recently went to an arcade with my gamer grand-daughter for part of her 18th birthday.  We spent $150 or more, very easily and quickly.  I wasn't even close to played out.

$2 per player on many games.  $5 for some of the VR games.

Whar is my stack of quarters/tokens!?  I swiped a card for most games.

Admittedly, the games are a hell of a lot better than Zaxxon, DigDug and Qbert, but really?  That floor space is very valuable in an arcade, now.  She also plays all of the classics, but the modern stuff is pretty awesome.
 
2014-05-01 09:53:46 PM

Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?


In Portland, we have two original soda fountains and pharmacies that've been running for about a hundred years. You can still get phosphates and sodas mixed to order, egg creams and ice cream sundaes and floats, all made by hand. I'd be happier if the prices were a hundred years old as well, but they're pretty spiffy places.

Here's a link.
 
2014-05-02 12:16:19 AM

moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.


Christian Science Monitor has as much to do with Jesus as...well, everyone else who claims to do anything in the name of Jesus.
 
2014-05-02 12:56:10 AM

Shadowtag: moike: Was the ban put in place in 1983 because Jesus?

(checks article)

Yes, because Jesus.

/surprise, lack there of.

Christian Science Monitor has as much to do with Jesus as...well, everyone else who claims to do anything in the name of Jesus.


Aye. CSM is a fantastic, professional and unbiased news source.
 
2014-05-02 01:01:26 AM

buckler: Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?

In Portland, we have two original soda fountains and pharmacies that've been running for about a hundred years. You can still get phosphates and sodas mixed to order, egg creams and ice cream sundaes and floats, all made by hand. I'd be happier if the prices were a hundred years old as well, but they're pretty spiffy places.

Here's a link.


Cherish it. Around here, the last one closed down when the owner of the drug store and the original soda jerk (who was pretty darn old when I was a teen) died of extreme old age.

When I was a teen, we still had one at Kresge's, and another two in small drug stores on opposite sides of the township. Krege's folded decades ago, and the drugstores both closed down. One is just abandoned, now, and the other is a bail bondsman's office. Fitting, considering what happened to the city in the years since I was a kid.

I still make my own egg creams thanks to my SodaStream, and my shakes are pretty darn good, too. Surprisingly, the F'real milk shake machines in the Speedway make amazingly good milk shakes. They ain't cheap, but they're fabulous.
 
2014-05-02 02:07:33 AM
Pac-Man died, Angry Birds killed him!
 
2014-05-02 12:54:53 PM
Nix Nightbird: Ol' Shaky Jake might wander by sometimes and say "howza-howza-howza-how do!" and we'd stop our teenage hi-jinks and laugh, mostly because Shaky Jake was doing something strange like wearing only one shoe, or carrying a guitar that he didn't know how to play.

     A Shaky Jake story!  I once asked Jake to help me choose between two used CDs and he said "Get the one with the most musics!"

Besides, when he got too weird, we started hanging out at Dave's shop instead. Dave was cool, and wouldn't narc on us or leer at the girls.

    The irony here being that Dave's Comics replaced an arcade. (Focus)

The antique shop down the way was a great source of entertainment, as they had really old clothes and magazines to look through.

     Treasure Mart?  The Tree?

If the right person was at the ticket window, we'd go to see a show at the old theater, and then head up to the balcony and enjoy being unseen by the rest of the audience.

     The Michigan Theater?

     Nix, did you happen to go to Community High?
 
2014-05-02 08:46:22 PM

Nix Nightbird: PunkTiger: Fark like a Barsoomian: Nix Nightbird: We sometimes stopped at the soda fountain on the corner and got phosphates

wut

Phosphate soda.

Thanks. Yes, that's what I was talking about. Kids today don't know what they're missing with the loss of soda fountains.

Do New Yorkers and Bostonians, at least, still have access to egg creams?


In NYC, we have quite a few places that still do old-fashioned egg creams, but I never developed the taste for it.
 
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