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I miss them a lot. More now than ever, especially after the rise of online multiplayer. Don't get me wrong: online multiplayer is great, but it's a very isolating, anonymous experience. There's just a great sense of community and fellowship in an arcade environment.

My arcade experiences are all from the United States. My best memories are from Rampage, which I played with my younger sister, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and my favorite, Ms. Pac-Man.

                 



I didn't knew MVS cabinets had the buttons in a different possition than the Neo-Geo joystick...

I played a ton of arcades back in the day and it would take a huge post to mention them all. Some of my favourites were Championship Sprint, Three Wonders, Thunder Cross II, Captain Commando, Street Fighter II, OutRun, Golden Axe, Snow Bros, Super Pang!, Cadillac & Dinosaurs, Metal Slug, Alien Vs. Predator, AD&D Shadow over Mystara...

I played them in Spain.

Oh, and online isn't nowhere near local co-op. Those hilarious moments in AD&D... "Cleric: gimme money or I won't heal you!", or the competitions to get the finish in boss fights, or trying to kill others with chest traps, which usually happen when someone picked up a scroll or healing potion that didn't need...



Street Fighter. Actually challenging someone then, assuming I won, giving them the money for their game afterwards. Something never seen anymore.



ironmanDX said:
Street Fighter. Actually challenging someone then, assuming I won, giving them the money for their game afterwards. Something never seen anymore.

You'd have fit right in, in late 80s to 90s japanese arcades, here it was almost customary.

For more competitive matches, winner would keep playing and people would approach, put their coin for play on the edge of the machine (or on top of someone elses, then wait their turn), if they lost they stand and watch, if they win they get to wait by the machine and be challenged - it made being good at the game make playing it cheaper - and spurred much more competitive play - it was of course, customary to if you were going to leave the machine and stop being the winner that stayed on, you would put down the money for next play and let someone else use it for single player until they were challenged.

Back in those days, if you lost you'd clap and applaud the winneron their skill - now people ragequit and send shitty messages - arcades will always be superior for me.



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Tachikoma said:
ironmanDX said:
Street Fighter. Actually challenging someone then, assuming I won, giving them the money for their game afterwards. Something never seen anymore.

You'd have fit right in, in late 80s to 90s japanese arcades, here it was almost customary.

For more competitive matches, winner would keep playing and people would approach, put their coin for play on the edge of the machine (or on top of someone elses, then wait their turn), if they lost they stand and watch, if they win they get to wait by the machine and be challenged - it made being good at the game make playing it cheaper - and spurred much more competitive play - it was of course, customary to if you were going to leave the machine and stop being the winner that stayed on, you would put down the money for next play and let someone else use it for single player until they were challenged.

Back in those days, if you lost you'd clap and applaud the winneron their skill - now people ragequit and send shitty messages - arcades will always be superior for me.


The internet can bring the worst out of people because of the anonymity. It's easy to call someone names when you're hiding behind a screen. I wish some arcades would open at night and have similar "old school" nights.



I miss em so much!

I'm building an arcade room in my house.

I have 4 uprights and 1 table top so far.



I miss them a lot. In early 90's every bar in Spain had one arcade machine. I played Out Run, Golden Axe, Street Fighter II, Final Fight, World Rally Carlos Sainz, Super Sidekick, Killer Instinct, Metal Slug, Pang, Puzzle Bobble... I also loved to go to arcade centers to play big machines like Rad Mobile, Manx TT, Virtua Racing, Ridge Racer, Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Ferrari Challenge, Eighteen Wheeler, Time Crisis, Sega Rally, etc. In early 2000's only a bunch of this arcade centers survived, but not for too long (in 2006 the last one of my city closed)



Do not miss them too much because in America they are still all over the place. Bowling alleys, resorts, hotels, etc.

Many even still have a bunch of oldies in them. I think the most I have ever put into an arcade game is either Street Fighter 2, or Crusin USA when I was in Vegas at the age of maybe 14.



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