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2021-10-23 8:01:06 PM  
These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.
 
2021-10-23 8:13:16 PM  

leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.


Never been to a laundromat before, eh?

They're places of sadness and failure. If they do have coin-op games, those games would be at least 20-30 years old.
 
2021-10-23 8:16:37 PM  
Latchkey Kid needs quarters badly!
 
2021-10-23 8:18:09 PM  
The only reason I'm not shiatting on this is because Galaga.  Everything else about this sucked.  It's a top 10 list hidden in feel sorry for me nonsense.

Do not click.
 
2021-10-23 8:22:34 PM  

leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.


She, the author, mentioned occasionally getting a box to stand on.
 
2021-10-23 8:32:47 PM  

Nurglitch: leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.

She, the author, mentioned occasionally getting a box to stand on.


Like I'm reading a listicle.  I only clicked on it because I thought it was about last year and I could use a new switch game recommendation.

That said centipede was the shiz
 
2021-10-23 8:50:37 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Nurglitch: leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.

She, the author, mentioned occasionally getting a box to stand on.

Like I'm reading a listicle.  I only clicked on it because I thought it was about last year and I could use a new switch game recommendation.

That said centipede was the shiz


Tabletop cabinets FTW
 
2021-10-23 9:14:25 PM  
Bust-a-move. Almost always.
 
2021-10-23 9:28:43 PM  
One weekend the ex sent the kids over with two suitcases of dirty laundry. No clean clothes at all. Your Dad will take care of it, she said. In desperation I looked around and found a laundromat with a little game room and a pizza counter and we went. The kids liked it so much that "doing laundry" became a thing whenever they visited, for a couple of years, until I got a place with my own washer and dryer. They were pretty small then but still talk about how much fun it was.
 
2021-10-23 10:06:17 PM  
Not a bad list. I'd like to see a more contemporary list from someone who was gaming during covid.

Some pretty solid choices for more modern games: Red Dead Redemption 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Animal Crossing New Horizons
 
2021-10-23 11:07:21 PM  
Getting a quarter or two to play Galaga after getting a haircut as a wee lad was always a treat.

The line to play Double Dragon at the arcade was always way too long and with how many older kids were around it I considered myself lucky if I even got a glimpse of the screen.

Gauntlet? Sooooooooooo many quarters.

southernmanblog: One weekend the ex sent the kids over with two suitcases of dirty laundry. No clean clothes at all. Your Dad will take care of it, she said. In desperation I looked around and found a laundromat with a little game room and a pizza counter and we went. The kids liked it so much that "doing laundry" became a thing whenever they visited, for a couple of years, until I got a place with my own washer and dryer. They were pretty small then but still talk about how much fun it was.


I like little stories like that, thanks.

/no snark
 
2021-10-23 11:32:23 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Not a bad list. I'd like to see a more contemporary list from someone who was gaming during covid.

Some pretty solid choices for more modern games: Red Dead Redemption 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Animal Crossing New Horizons


massive free update and equally massive paid dlc coming nov 5th for animal crossing new horizons. im very excited
 
2021-10-23 11:43:19 PM  
Wasted many an hour at the laundrette trying to rescue president Ronnie from ninjas.

It got a lot easier when someone decided to jimmy open the coin slot. Stayed that way for a week or two until word got around and the local cops wondered why a laundrette was constantly packed with kids.
 
2021-10-24 1:48:16 AM  
List fails without Kung Fu Master
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2021-10-24 2:16:17 AM  
sluggish response that made it feel a lot like operating the "Pinpoint Barrier System" on the SDF-1.

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2021-10-24 3:02:07 AM  
Ah, it appears subby is one of the dumbfarks who thinks you should stay in a shiat situation instead of working to make it better

Divorce is a good thing unless you are a wife beating christian
 
2021-10-24 3:50:02 AM  
Decent list and a good article, however Joust needs to be included for sure.

Gauntlet tho....Gauntlet was just the best.
 
2021-10-24 6:13:11 AM  

fastfxr: Gauntlet tho....Gauntlet was just the best.


WoodyHayes: Gauntlet? Sooooooooooo many quarters.



If you ever get a hankering for a (somewhat) modern rendition, the Sony PS (and Sega Saturn) game Loaded was very similar, assuming you can find an emulator version. Top down shooter with one stick/pad for movement and the other for shooting. I absolutely loved it. Me and the homies played the everliving shiat out of it in the late 90s. We each had our favorite character that suited our playstyle- I was always Cap'n Hands. Great game.
 
2021-10-24 6:18:49 AM  

kyuzokai: fastfxr: Gauntlet tho....Gauntlet was just the best.

WoodyHayes: Gauntlet? Sooooooooooo many quarters.


If you ever get a hankering for a (somewhat) modern rendition, the Sony PS (and Sega Saturn) game Loaded was very similar, assuming you can find an emulator version. Top down shooter with one stick/pad for movement and the other for shooting. I absolutely loved it. Me and the homies played the everliving shiat out of it in the late 90s. We each had our favorite character that suited our playstyle- I was always Cap'n Hands. Great game.


Why not just play guantlet?
 
2021-10-24 6:31:16 AM  

leeksfromchichis: kyuzokai: fastfxr: Gauntlet tho....Gauntlet was just the best.

WoodyHayes: Gauntlet? Sooooooooooo many quarters.


If you ever get a hankering for a (somewhat) modern rendition, the Sony PS (and Sega Saturn) game Loaded was very similar, assuming you can find an emulator version. Top down shooter with one stick/pad for movement and the other for shooting. I absolutely loved it. Me and the homies played the everliving shiat out of it in the late 90s. We each had our favorite character that suited our playstyle- I was always Cap'n Hands. Great game.

Why not just play guantlet?


Fair enough, but sometimes it's fun to play something that feels the same but with better graphics, or a twist on the story/gameplay, etc. The blood and carnage in Loaded is fantastically entertaining.
 
2021-10-24 7:21:56 AM  
I was ready to be a cynical bastard about the article, but it was heartfelt and quite well written. Thanks, Submitter.
 
2021-10-24 7:48:55 AM  

lifeslammer: Ah, it appears subby is one of the dumbfarks who thinks you should stay in a shiat situation instead of working to make it better

Divorce is a good thing unless you are a wife beating christian


Easier to just not have children. I'm in my thirties, had multiple serious relationships, no accidental or purposeful kids. On tinder I see 21 yo women with 3 kids. What are they thinking? It's so easy to wear protection or just not ejaculate inside of someone. Or use BC. It also heavily skews to certain people but at any rate, it's super easy not to have kids.
 
2021-10-24 7:58:27 AM  
Did anyone get stuck in a loop trying to back out of that page?  It's time to start flensing some mobile site devs.
 
2021-10-24 8:02:51 AM  

fastfxr: Decent list and a good article, however Joust needs to be included for sure.

Gauntlet tho....Gauntlet was just the best.


I sucked at Joust but it was fun, Gauntlet was great, there was another game might have been called star castle (but maybe not) you fired from a position in the middle of the screen as things came from all 4 sides, I found it faster to play by crossing my hands over the controls opposite of how they were set. loved that game
 
2021-10-24 8:53:36 AM  
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2021-10-24 9:01:36 AM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Some pretty solid choices for more modern games: Red Dead Redemption 2,


Completed this 100% during lockdown

I'd put it in my top 5, if not top 3, best games of all time list.

I loved it and was/am sad there there's nothing else for me to do in the game (hated RDOnline)

The only thing I didn't get was The Strange Man in the mirror in the cabin. It never worked for me and I don't know why?
 
2021-10-24 9:34:00 AM  

leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.


Some of us are on the cusp of the supposed break between generations.

We're old enough now to think "wow that's old" and yet still be old.
 
2021-10-24 10:28:02 AM  
Those are the games that my Gen X ass turned to. Millennials had consoles by the time they could fully feel the weight of realizing that their arrival onto the scene killed their folks' marriage.
 
2021-10-24 10:45:10 AM  
There is no more perfect game, or ending of a weekend than jumping in your starfighter before dinner, and letting the  Galaga theme drop.

As if it didn't immediately start playing in all the cool kids' heads.

Galaga Theme
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2021-10-24 10:56:05 AM  

hubiestubert: Those are the games that my Gen X ass turned to. Millennials had consoles by the time they could fully feel the weight of realizing that their arrival onto the scene killed their folks' marriage.


Yeah, but dad wouldn't let us bring the SNES to the laundromat.
 
2021-10-24 11:02:39 AM  

Everything is Awful: hubiestubert: Those are the games that my Gen X ass turned to. Millennials had consoles by the time they could fully feel the weight of realizing that their arrival onto the scene killed their folks' marriage.

Yeah, but dad wouldn't let us bring the SNES to the laundromat.


That's what this was for.

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2021-10-24 11:13:15 AM  
In another article, she writes a rather impassioned defense of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.  That game rarely gets any love because of its simplicity, but it will always have a spot in my heart as the first RPG I beat as a kid.
 
2021-10-24 11:26:15 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Did anyone get stuck in a loop trying to back out of that page?  It's time to start flensing some mobile site devs.


Yep. After scrolling to the end, every press of the back button scrolled up to a list point. Very irksome.
 
2021-10-24 11:32:46 AM  
Meh. Haven't spoken with former stepdad in 20 years, and pops has been worm food for 6 years now. Former step wouldn't even consider hooking up quarters because that was beneath him. farking doosh.

/did build model rockets with dad.
//also introduced me to riders on the storm during a particularly bleak roadtrip to grandpa's in Wisconsin. Something about that tune combined with dusk, snow and birch forests left a mark.
 
2021-10-24 11:41:27 AM  

leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.


I have pretty distinct memories of dragging a stool around the arcade we used to go to in the late 80s when I was about 5 or so, just sayin
 
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2021-10-24 11:54:49 AM  

leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.


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I was thinking that these would be extremely early Millennials.  Ah well.  Time to go rant about Gen Z and mislabel them as Millennials over on some Faux News adjacent forum.
 
2021-10-24 12:38:24 PM  
Tempest is the best classic arcade game. That one is intense.
 
2021-10-24 1:14:15 PM  

southernmanblog: One weekend the ex sent the kids over with two suitcases of dirty laundry. No clean clothes at all. Your Dad will take care of it, she said. In desperation I looked around and found a laundromat with a little game room and a pizza counter and we went. The kids liked it so much that "doing laundry" became a thing whenever they visited, for a couple of years, until I got a place with my own washer and dryer. They were pretty small then but still talk about how much fun it was.


oh wow. That just made me burst into tears and cry uncontrollably.. /I hope my kids have one or two good memories from back when they were little
 
2021-10-24 1:26:57 PM  

strutin: southernmanblog: One weekend the ex sent the kids over with two suitcases of dirty laundry. No clean clothes at all. Your Dad will take care of it, she said. In desperation I looked around and found a laundromat with a little game room and a pizza counter and we went. The kids liked it so much that "doing laundry" became a thing whenever they visited, for a couple of years, until I got a place with my own washer and dryer. They were pretty small then but still talk about how much fun it was.

oh wow. That just made me burst into tears and cry uncontrollably.. /I hope my kids have one or two good memories from back when they were little


You ok there?
 
2021-10-24 1:41:33 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Tempest is the best classic arcade game. That one is intense.


Heh, my first experience with Tempest was the Atari Jaguar version.  That and the PS1 release later were trippy as fark.
 
2021-10-24 2:19:18 PM  

recondite cetacean: The only reason I'm not shiatting on this is because Galaga.  Everything else about this sucked.  It's a top 10 list hidden in feel sorry for me nonsense.

Do not click.


So it's a thousand times better than one of Ernest Cline's parade of top 10 lists hidden in "look how awesome I am for having top 10 lists" nonsense? When does the movie adaptation come out?
 
DVD
2021-10-24 2:39:36 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Tempest is the best classic arcade game. That one is intense.


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Yep, in my fantasy, solar/wind-fed battery supported arcade chamber, a Tempest machine should be in there.  I don't know how far it should be from the Galaga and Zaxxon machines, but it really shouldn't be too near the Foosball setups.
 
2021-10-24 3:11:08 PM  
We played a lot of legendary wings on nes.
Also I agree these games are a bit too old. Yet not unsurprising a laundry mat hadn't updated their games. The surprise would be if cabinets worked.

As a GenX the game I feel is probably more millenial  that i remember seeing around would be the 4 player game with the colorful cowboys (can't remember the name).
 
2021-10-24 3:36:50 PM  
I never knew Legendary Wings was in the Arcade I loved the Nes version.
 
2021-10-24 5:35:32 PM  

NINEv2: strutin:

oh wow. That just made me burst into tears and cry uncontrollably.. /I hope my kids have one or two good memories from back when they were little

You ok there?


My Mom started cleaning her home (she's getting around to editing after dad died a few years ago) and she dropped off a cowboy boot box with some stuff from my childhood a month ago (Not a huge amount of items: birth->highschool pics, a few kindergarten drawings, elementary report cards... typical stuff moms keep) and I finally thought I could look through it.
I made it through the school photos, and then got into the first few album pages that were in there and lost it when I saw pics of me and my dad (pics with mom too, but she's still here and we were closer so I don't have a lot of un-dealt with emotions about her).

it's challenging to remember back
ffs. here i go again.

/I'll live..I get it, it's a process and the only way out is through - But it'll be nice when we can do in person therapy again and I won't feel as alone as I deal with my thoughts.
 
2021-10-24 5:49:45 PM  

WhippingBoi: leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.

Never been to a laundromat before, eh?

They're places of sadness and failure. If they do have coin-op games, those games would be at least 20-30 years old.


Yeah but anyone younger would've known to bring a gameboy of some type and spare batteries along for a court ordered weekend.

If your batteries are all dead then you get quarters to play Streets of Rage.


leeksfromchichis: Nurglitch: leeksfromchichis: These are more gen x games, no?  Millennials wouldn't have been tall enough to reach the buttons on half of these games in the 80's.

She, the author, mentioned occasionally getting a box to stand on.

Like I'm reading a listicle.  I only clicked on it because I thought it was about last year and I could use a new switch game recommendation.

That said centipede was the shiz


Metroid Dread is great
 
2021-10-24 6:14:06 PM  

Insult Comic Bishounen: Gordon Bennett: Tempest is the best classic arcade game. That one is intense.

Heh, my first experience with Tempest was the Atari Jaguar version.  That and the PS1 release later were trippy as fark.


That was made by Jeff Minter. Most of his games are fast-paced, rainbow coloured psychedelic blast-fests.
 
2021-10-24 6:16:43 PM  

strutin: NINEv2: strutin:

oh wow. That just made me burst into tears and cry uncontrollably.. /I hope my kids have one or two good memories from back when they were little

You ok there?

My Mom started cleaning her home (she's getting around to editing after dad died a few years ago) and she dropped off a cowboy boot box with some stuff from my childhood a month ago (Not a huge amount of items: birth->highschool pics, a few kindergarten drawings, elementary report cards... typical stuff moms keep) and I finally thought I could look through it.
I made it through the school photos, and then got into the first few album pages that were in there and lost it when I saw pics of me and my dad (pics with mom too, but she's still here and we were closer so I don't have a lot of un-dealt with emotions about her).

it's challenging to remember back
ffs. here i go again.

/I'll live..I get it, it's a process and the only way out is through - But it'll be nice when we can do in person therapy again and I won't feel as alone as I deal with my thoughts.


Everybody deals with things in their own way, you do whatever works for you. Keep your head up.

kyuzokai: If you ever get a hankering for a (somewhat) modern rendition, the Sony PS (and Sega Saturn) game Loaded was very similar, assuming you can find an emulator version. Top down shooter with one stick/pad for movement and the other for shooting. I absolutely loved it. Me and the homies played the everliving shiat out of it in the late 90s. We each had our favorite character that suited our playstyle- I was always Cap'n Hands. Great game.


I'll put it on my list the next time I do some emulators, thanks for the recommendation.
 
2021-10-24 6:51:03 PM  

hubiestubert: Everything is Awful: hubiestubert: Those are the games that my Gen X ass turned to. Millennials had consoles by the time they could fully feel the weight of realizing that their arrival onto the scene killed their folks' marriage.

Yeah, but dad wouldn't let us bring the SNES to the laundromat.

That's what this was for.

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A Gameboy would be more appropriate for us millennials. Or if you were like me and your parents couldn't afford a Gameboy, one of those crappy Tiger Electronics LCD handhelds.
 
2021-10-24 6:52:24 PM  

Mega Steve: Latchkey Kid needs quarters badly!


Good one
 
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