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2020-07-07 5:47:27 PM  
Why?
 
2020-07-07 6:09:28 PM  
Galaga isn't Sega, subby. It's Namco.

Looking at the list of games so far, I might go for it just for the 2 Golden Axe games. Fantasy Zone and Altered Beast are a nice bonus.
 
2020-07-07 6:30:29 PM  
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Got this for one of my kids this for Christmas last year that asked for it, it has Galaga.
 
2020-07-07 6:54:09 PM  
Galaxian is just like Galaga!

Said a clueless parent back in the 80's.
 
2020-07-07 6:58:32 PM  
y no Daytona U.S.A...? :(
 
2020-07-07 7:03:01 PM  
How are the little ones to actually play on?  I'd think you'd want to screw them down or something or they'd tend to slide around no?  We have a full-size cabinet, so I haven't really had the opportunity to play with the small retro-cades beyond a 1980s mini Ms Pacman game which of course isn't that good to begin with.
 
2020-07-07 7:06:27 PM  
Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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2020-07-07 7:15:31 PM  
SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY MONEY
 
2020-07-07 7:28:34 PM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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CSB

When I was 5 or 6 (I'm 43 now so you aren't far off), my folks sent me on an airplane ride by myself to visit my grandparents in NC (Is that even a thing anymore?). My dad gave me a duffel bag full of stuff to keep me occupied while on the flight. There were some comics, snacks, and one of those mini Pac-Man machines in the bag. I played the shiat out of that thing. Wish I still had it.

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2020-07-07 7:37:08 PM  

triptheory: Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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CSB

When I was 5 or 6 (I'm 43 now so you aren't far off), my folks sent me on an airplane ride by myself to visit my grandparents in NC (Is that even a thing anymore?). My dad gave me a duffel bag full of stuff to keep me occupied while on the flight. There were some comics, snacks, and one of those mini Pac-Man machines in the bag. I played the shiat out of that thing. Wish I still had it.

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When I was a teen, one of the other kids at the children's home I lived at had one, but never had the dough to buy batteries. These were the days when $10 was an absolute fortune to a 12-13 year old.
 
2020-07-07 7:47:52 PM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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I had that one, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Q*Bert. I guess I was lucky.
 
2020-07-07 7:57:09 PM  
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A friend had this and I was so jealous.
 
2020-07-07 8:04:52 PM  
 
2020-07-07 8:19:32 PM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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I have a coleco pac man like that.. they're getting pricey on ebay (even dead) because of these guys..:

Retro Coleco Tabletop Arcade Game w Rapsberry Pi and MAME!
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2020-07-07 8:20:22 PM  
Yeah, Galaga isn't SEGA, subby, but maybe Zaxxon?  My mom would love that; that game's her jam.
 
2020-07-07 8:32:02 PM  

DRTFA: [Fark user image 425x566]
A friend had this and I was so jealous.


I bought a retro one a few years back, and then my adoptive mom returned a box of my stuff. Had this and my Little Professor calculator.

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And my Merlin, still with the original box:

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There are a few upsides to having the state take you away from your adoptive parents, and having your ex-adoptive mother turn into a stalker. Not many, but a few. I also have my original Six Million Dollar Man watch. :-)

The one a friend had that I was jealous of was this:

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2020-07-07 8:38:06 PM  

strutin: Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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I have a coleco pac man like that.. they're getting pricey on ebay (even dead) because of these guys..:

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That's cool. I'd be torn though... I'd still want the original old tech just because for the time it was amazing, and I like to look back at that, but having a Mame machine and making sure to only load games that matched the controls(One button and a joystick in this case) would be pretty damn cool, and remind me of the days when $20 at the arcade would last all day, and you'd still have some money left over. :-)
 
2020-07-07 8:48:25 PM  

Superjoe: Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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I had that one, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Q*Bert. I guess I was lucky.


You kind of were, you farker! :-)
 
2020-07-07 8:56:34 PM  

DRTFA: [Fark user image image 425x566]
A friend had this and I was so jealous.


Got beat to shiat one from garage sale for like $3 sometime in very late 70s. Played it. No desire to spend time on one now. One of these though?

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2020-07-07 9:12:53 PM  
Call me when they start making this again:

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huh... Apparently there was a kickstarter for a "sequel" to the game.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/​r​estorationgames/return-to-dark-tower

And it looks interesting. But still not the same game.
 
2020-07-07 9:17:22 PM  
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"There is a potential Donkey Kong kill screen coming up if anyone is interested."
 
2020-07-07 10:37:03 PM  

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Got this for one of my kids this for Christmas last year that asked for it, it has Galaga.


That does look very nice. I personally like the PS1 Namco Museum titles for those games as they have the explorable 3D museum spaces included that as far as I know were omitted from later releases.

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It's a pity, as I'd love to see how those could have advanced on more recent hardware.
 
2020-07-07 11:04:03 PM  

Gordon Bennett: dennysgod: [Fark user image 488x488]

Got this for one of my kids this for Christmas last year that asked for it, it has Galaga.

That does look very nice. I personally like the PS1 Namco Museum titles for those games as they have the explorable 3D museum spaces included that as far as I know were omitted from later releases.

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It's a pity, as I'd love to see how those could have advanced on more recent hardware.



While I'm sure there are simpler MAME frontends, if you've got infinite time for manually and obsessively customizing every aspect of your virtual arcade experience this looks pretty dang cool...:

LGR - New Retro Arcade Neon - VR App Review
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If you're more interested in getting down to playing games you can simply customize the room itself in a couple days and not have to think about it anymore.   This is pretty much my favorite view of the world at the moment.  My wife just painted it from grey last week:

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2020-07-07 11:29:54 PM  
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2020-07-08 12:08:39 AM  

triptheory: Mikey1969: Yeah, they made these like 40 years ago.

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CSB

When I was 5 or 6 (I'm 43 now so you aren't far off), my folks sent me on an airplane ride by myself to visit my grandparents in NC (Is that even a thing anymore?). My dad gave me a duffel bag full of stuff to keep me occupied while on the flight. There were some comics, snacks, and one of those mini Pac-Man machines in the bag. I played the shiat out of that thing. Wish I still had it.

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Yes NC is still a thing
 
2020-07-08 12:56:42 AM  
xrayspx: Gordon Bennett: dennysgod: [Fark user image 488x488]

Got this for one of my kids this for Christmas last year that asked for it, it has Galaga.

That does look very nice. I personally like the PS1 Namco Museum titles for those games as they have the explorable 3D museum spaces included that as far as I know were omitted from later releases.

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It's a pity, as I'd love to see how those could have advanced on more recent hardware.


While I'm sure there are simpler MAME frontends, if you've got infinite time for manually and obsessively customizing every aspect of your virtual arcade experience this looks pretty dang cool...:


It certainly does. There's a free frontend on Steam called Anarchy Arcade that I've spent a little bit of time with that looks similar. I have had my eye on New Retro Arcade Neon for the time when I finally get the funds together to invest in a proper PC VR headset.


If you're more interested in getting down to playing games you can simply customize the room itself in a couple days and not have to think about it anymore.   This is pretty much my favorite view of the world at the moment.  My wife just painted it from grey last week:

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Now that is stunning. I'm a fan of the Space Age modern style and the 80s elements add a nice touch to it. I can see why you're enjoying it so much.
 
2020-07-08 1:23:58 AM  
Csb:
Recently, my kids received an Atari all in one reboot from my parents. They absolutely love it. The simplicity of the games is something they have never seen in a videogame. The only analogue they have are board games, and those are dependent on the mood us parents are in. So I say , bring it on. I love the imagination required for these old style games.
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2020-07-08 2:19:39 AM  
Gordon Bennett:
It certainly does. There's a free frontend on Steam called Anarchy Arcade that I've spent a little bit of time with that looks similar. I have had my eye on New Retro Arcade Neon for the time when I finally get the funds together to invest in a proper PC VR headset.

Yeah that's where I drop off too.  I'm not willing to drop that kind of money for a novelty that I probably will never use.  I want to have music videos playing on the TV, pizza sitting next to me and a game on the arcade cabinet, VR seems too isolating and weird.

Now that is stunning. I'm a fan of the Space Age modern style and the 80s elements add a nice touch to it. I can see why you're enjoying it so much.

Haha thanks, I pretty much dared my wife to do the stripes, and it came out great.  Natalie refers to it as the mullet room, '80s arcade in the front, '60s living room in the rear.  Also "Maurice", since we've got Space, and we've got Cowboys (the back wall is basically all posters of local country and western shows from the 50s and 60s).
 
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