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(Washington Post)   Good: Collecting 65 classic arcade games. Great: Building a private 2,400 square foot arcade with black lights and 80's soundtrack. Awesome: Your kids leave it alone because they want to play Wii   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2008-02-04 5:20:45 PM  
That's pretty sweet. He needs to make sure to get this in there....

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One of the few games that could never be properly replicated on a home consol because of the spin mechanic.

Oh and get Kanomi Super Basketball, I miss that game.
 
2008-02-04 5:31:25 PM  
Here's the full list of games, from the guy's Web site -- my faves that he's got: Dragon's Lair, Tron (and Discs of Tron), Star Wars (sitdown version, woot!), Paperboy, and Star Trek.
 
2008-02-04 5:36:18 PM  
This makes me want to throw on an Izod and peg my pants.

Too bad he doesn't have the greatest game ever made:

Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters (new window)
 
2008-02-04 5:55:11 PM  
A wet bar in one of the corners would really round that out nicely.

I don't know if I would ever leave.

/maybe a pizza oven too
 
2008-02-04 6:40:23 PM  
Robotron 2084 FTW

/Blaster is also very good
 
2008-02-04 6:41:27 PM  
Mat Mania or his arcade's sh*t.
 
2008-02-04 6:41:57 PM  
It's Saturday night. I've got no date, a two liter bottle of Shasta, and my all-Rush mix tape....


/This is teh awesome
 
2008-02-04 6:41:58 PM  
SKATE OR DIE...
 
2008-02-04 6:42:09 PM  
I propose that users of the Nintendo Wii shall be henceforth known as "Wiiners."
 
2008-02-04 6:42:15 PM  
this thread will be full of win.

//needs to have xaxxon somewhere in there.
 
2008-02-04 6:42:23 PM  
I SOOO loved me some Donky Kong and Pac-Man when I was a little girl. I probably would have like Pole Position better if I were a little taller back then. I'll always remembered the garbled "Prepare to qualify!!"
 
2008-02-04 6:42:27 PM  
So is this an example of a failed video game playing manchild?
 
2008-02-04 6:42:32 PM  
damn. beat me to it. will double for added emphasis.

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2008-02-04 6:43:22 PM  
Wow, he's even got Gorf.
 
2008-02-04 6:44:16 PM  
I was a Track & Field man, myself...
 
2008-02-04 6:45:03 PM  
I...I...I would never leave...
 
2008-02-04 6:45:42 PM  
The best nolstagic feelings from the mall arcade are unrecreatable.

kupols.net

Pedo Bear likes nostalgia too!
Get off my lawn, Pedo Bear!
 
2008-02-04 6:45:55 PM  
Game room pics (clickety poppity)
 
2008-02-04 6:47:01 PM  
Spy Hunter was the shizzle
 
2008-02-04 6:47:12 PM  
I'd like that carpet for home!
 
2008-02-04 6:47:31 PM  
The sound effects from those games are a legend in themselves. Robotron, Joust, Defender...almost all of them from that era have that distinct sound of greatness.
 
2008-02-04 6:48:47 PM  
Joelogon: Here's the full list of games, from the guy's Web site -- my faves that he's got: Dragon's Lair, Tron (and Discs of Tron), Star Wars (sitdown version, woot!), Paperboy, and Star Trek.

No Centipede?

MAJOR FAIL

But he gets points for having Reactor and Phoenix
 
2008-02-04 6:49:13 PM  
littlett's: I SOOO loved me some Donky Kong and Pac-Man when I was a little girl. I probably would have like Pole Position better if I were a little taller back then. I'll always remembered the garbled "Prepare to qualify!!"

I came here to mention Pole Position. My local bowling alley had one of those games (along with a Super Chexx hockey table, both of which I made plans to steal from time to time). Ahh, the memories. Ahh, the money I could have to my name today.
 
2008-02-04 6:49:26 PM  
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The arcade version of Venture rocked. The only place in town that had it was Casa Bonita. Yeah, that Casa Bonita.
 
2008-02-04 6:49:53 PM  
Ah, yes, Marble Madness...or Virtual Carpal Tunnel. He is missing the trackball football machine (I forget the name).
 
2008-02-04 6:50:38 PM  
You can't go back.
 
2008-02-04 6:51:18 PM  
FARK party in D.C.?

/WTF? No Dig-Dug?
 
2008-02-04 6:51:58 PM  
Usually when I see people with way too much money do stuff like this I get pissed...but I just can't hate on this guy.

What a great job with the posters and the lighting, carpet, etc.
 
2008-02-04 6:52:22 PM  
LordBollocks: Game room pics (clickety poppity)

That is so full of cool that words fail me.
 
2008-02-04 6:52:52 PM  
tuna fingers: The arcade version of Venture rocked. The only place in town that had it was Casa Bonita. Yeah, that Casa Bonita.

Casa Bonita, FTW
 
2008-02-04 6:54:41 PM  
Yay! He has frogger!
 
2008-02-04 6:54:56 PM  
cefm: FARK party in D.C.?

/WTF? No Dig-Dug?


Yup, he has one of those. I was looking for Star Castles or Rip Off myself.
 
2008-02-04 6:55:01 PM  
Wizard of War? Ok, props.
 
2008-02-04 6:55:10 PM  
We have something similar in Vegas-
http://www.pinballmuseum.org/

The 150 games range from brand new to 50 years old and are all in excellent condition and playable for a quarter. There are 3 aisles like this:
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They have some amazingly old and playable mechanical arcade games and a small group of old video games.

It's pretty much the best 2 hours of entertainment you can get in Vegas for $5.
 
2008-02-04 6:55:27 PM  
whitefalcon79: I came here to mention Pole Position. My local bowling alley had one of those games (along with a Super Chexx hockey table, both of which I made plans to steal from time to time). Ahh, the memories. Ahh, the money I could have to my name today.

Most of my arcade playing was done at the bowling alley on friday nights while my parents were at league night.
The owner of the bowling alley knew Mom and Dad real well and he would give me a roll of quarters (sometimes 2!!) to play the games every friday night. When I got older (12-13) I used it to play pool as well. Those are some GREAT memories!!!
 
2008-02-04 6:55:44 PM  
Casa Bonita, FTW

Yeah, that place was great, especially when the guy would dive off the waterfall with a burning torch in each hand.

/misses Colorado
//stuck in Georgia =(
 
2008-02-04 6:58:13 PM  
Brainwash: Casa Bonita, FTW

Yeah, that place was great, especially when the guy would dive off the waterfall with a burning torch in each hand.

/misses Colorado
//stuck in Georgia =(


All this time I just thought that it was something made up on South Park. I never imagined in a million years that such a place would have existed.
 
2008-02-04 6:58:18 PM  
I used to be pretty awesome at Ghosts & Goblins. I can't even fathom how many quarters I put into that game.

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2008-02-04 6:59:37 PM  
Every year in August in San Jose, you can get your free-play on at CA Extreme. (pops)

It's also a great place to pick up parts or a refurbished machine.
 
2008-02-04 7:00:22 PM  
I have a full size Galaga in my place. It was my favorite game as a kid. I can still roll the points over 1,000,000 but not sure I've still got the stamina to get to level 256 crash the machine.

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/1981 so it's older than some girlfriends I've had
 
2008-02-04 7:00:55 PM  
THIS

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THIS

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AND THIS

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All sucked the quarters out of my pocket. Among 5,000 other games. Thank you mom and dad for shopping so much on the weekends and letting me be at the arcades!
 
2008-02-04 7:01:14 PM  
parkerlewis: The sound effects from those games are a legend in themselves. Robotron, Joust, Defender...almost all of them from that era have that distinct sound of greatness.

Looking at the pics, you can almost smell the 80's mall arcade goodness. It was like electronics, dirty kids and caramel corn from the mall hotdog place.
 
2008-02-04 7:01:19 PM  
To complete the scene, his personal soundtrack of 1980-era rock tunes by Foreigner and Journey play on the stereo.

Must include Rush Moving Pictures and Van Halen Diver Down in that mix...

Hell, I'd DJ an 80's set for him. I've got plenty of obscure tracks that would fit right in.
 
2008-02-04 7:01:29 PM  
It was amazing what they did with that technology. Have you ever seen inside one of those cabinets? The circuit board is about 12 inches square.

You can relive playing those games with MAME, but there was nothing like playing the real thing.
 
2008-02-04 7:01:37 PM  
Dirt-Dog: It's pretty much the best 2 hours of entertainment you can get in Vegas for $5.
You haven't been in vegas long have you.
 
2008-02-04 7:01:42 PM  
His electric bill must be outstanding.
 
2008-02-04 7:03:02 PM  
Marble Madness FTW

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2008-02-04 7:03:53 PM  
See, stories like this is why we need a FARKING AWESOME tag.
 
2008-02-04 7:06:05 PM  
The only way to ever play this game.....handlebars. Win.

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2008-02-04 7:06:41 PM  
techbuzz: I have a full size Galaga in my place. It was my favorite game as a kid. I can still roll the points over 1,000,000 but not sure I've still got the stamina to get to level 256 crash the machine.

So, you know "the trick" too, eh? :P I used that one and the Tempest ones to spend the whole day at the arcade with only a few bucks.

Ah, Sega Center...Bally's Aladdin's Castle...all just memories now...
 
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