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    When you were a kid, what were the games you always went to first on your visit to the arcade? And what was your arcade experience like?

    The arcade video games that I always played were Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and The Simpsons. But I always preferred the non-video games at the arcade, which gave you tickets, like the Bozo the Clown buckets, the Gopher Whacking, Air Hockey, the one where you roll a ball up a ramp and try to get it into holes in the wall; and the machine where a slider periodically pushes a bunch of quarters towards edge off a surface, and you put in a quarter to try to get it in a position where a bunch of other quarters will fall off the edge, so you can take them. I developed a mild addiction to that one. Yay childhood gambling.
    I usually got enough tickets to get some little plastic toy like a little compass or nose-glasses. My sister saved hers in order to get the 100+ ticket items like the stereos. But we never cashed them in and I still have a shoebox filled with long strings of yellow tickets.

    I stopped going to arcades when I was around eight, and I never entered one again until 6 years later, in 1999. I was astounded by how much they've changed. No longer was one or two quarters sufficient; all the decent games required three or more! And they were all so flashy and expensive, with huge screens and advanced 3D graphics. The arcade's interior decoration was revamped to give off a dark, moody teenager atmosphere. And quarters were replaced with tokens.

    It was no longer the comfortable fun place I visited to get tickets to buy little plastic novelties. Nowadays, even though the games have more dimensions, being inside an arcade almost means risking sensory overload. I miss arcades in the good old days. Does anyone else?
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      I liked the game called change! You put in a dollar & won 4 quarters everytime. :lol: Seriously though I agree w/ you about TMNT,Simpson, X-men, ect. I wish they still made games like those. :cry:
      Narrator: Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a Darkside :twisted:
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        Iloveth80sfan911 wrote:
        I liked the game called change! You put in a dollar & won 4 quarters everytime. :lol:

        HAHA, that was pretty funny.

        Anyway, those arcades need to make a comeback. Hell, I'm almost certain I don't have one of these within a 50 mile radius of my location, or at least not today.
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          tmnt was awesome to play! arcades definately need to make a comeback!! Remember Aerosmith's game? that was pretty cool too.
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            tim wrote:
            tmnt was awesome to play! arcades definately need to make a comeback!! Remember Aerosmith's game? that was pretty cool too.


            Oh yeah! That Aerosmith game was cool! I also forgot about Final Fight. Thank goodness Final Fight is on that new Capcom Classics.
            Narrator: Man lives in the sunlit world of what he believes to be reality. But... there is, unseen by most, an underworld, a place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit... a Darkside :twisted:
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              I liked the multiplayer cooperative games like Double Dragon, Bad Dudes, TMNT, P.O.W., Golden Axe, G.A: Return of Death Adder, XMen, Avengers, Final Fight, Simpsons, Gaunlet, Mercs, Icari Warriors, Thunder Road, Sunset Riders, Knights of the Round and Battle Toads. I really never liked the Street Fighter/Techen style games cause I always lost my quarters to some damn expert eight year old. If we were playing a cooperative game, he'd be helping me go further.
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                I remember playing Simpsons or TMNT- using
                quarters untill I beat it-- and I did....!!!!

                I never really had a favorite arcade game--

                Now that we have emulators and MAME,
                arcades are unecesary!!!!

                These big grafix things in arcades
                dont appeal to me!!

                It's all about old-skool!!
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                  The Moonwalker Arcade game (not the crappy Genesis game) was awesome. Great graphics and 3 player co-op.

                  Smash TV was good for crazy action and for eating quarters.

                  Later on in life, I became a sucker for the capcom "VS" series of games.
                  Nothing beats hitting the Hulk with a 27 hit combo from Sakura ( a 105 pound Japanese schoolgirl)

                  Hands down though, my favortie non-video arcade game was that one where you would shoot wooden balls out that gun thing, usually knocking down little furry creatures or teeth out of an over-sized mouth. Call me crazy, but I think they CREATED tokens to be spent on wacky crap like that.
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                    Oh yeah, those games kick ass. Also, there was this game, called Ski ball. Now that was some good fun right there :D
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                      I had tons.

                      Prehistoric Isle
                      Eightman
                      Spiderman
                      The Simpsons
                      Street Fighter II
                      Last Resort
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                        Feed Big Bertha!!!!

                        I have been obsessing to reach that 900 point mark!!!!!!

                        That game I could play for hours!!!!!

                        Tossing those balls into that mouth-- trying to get to 900!!

                        Very addiciting!!!!

                        Or "Welcome To Chuckles"-- where you shot
                        basketballs into a little hoop!!!!!

                        With that freaky clown!!

                        Or sticking in quarter after quarter to get maximum upgrade
                        to shocks, tires, brakes, and top speed in Off-Road!!!

                        "Prepare To Qualify" by the sexy lady in Pole Position!!!!

                        :D Laughing like heck typing this!!!!

                        Retro Junk is to dam fun!
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                          Favorite old school was TMNT. Favorite modern would be the Tekken Series
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                            The arcade I work at is filled with a lot of low-class trash from Reading. Stupid as hell, too. They'll fork out $20 playing stupid ticket games, and come over to the counter and use the tickets to get like 100 Tootsie Rolls or something. THERE'S A DAMN CANDY STORE RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE ARCADE! They could get 100 Tootsie Rolls for $1, then go over to KB and probably get a cool hand-held game for the rest of the cash and play that thing for hours. *seethe*

                            Anyway I usually like to play Pinball, Puzzle Bobble, or the occasional first person shooter.
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                              My absolute favourite was Kiki Kaikai Fantastic Story, I wish I could play that again.
                              Other faves were TMNT, Moonwalker, Altered Beast, Green Beret, WWF (the '89? one), Karnov's Revenge, X-Men, Bad Dudes, Top Hunter, Robokid (or something like that), Baku Baku Animaru, Captain Commando, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs... and a whole bunch of others whose names I don't remember.
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                                Hi!

                                My favorite types of games of the arcade was the shooting!

                                House of Dead 2, Time Crisis 1 and Lost World Jurassic Park were my favorite!!!

                                Oh.... and Street Fighter 2 was also my favorite!

                                Good memories!

                                8)

                                Sparrow X
                                The Battle continues...
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                                  here's my list of quarter eating machine that i spent alot of time on..

                                  Final Fight
                                  Street Fighter
                                  Sunset Riders
                                  TMNT
                                  X-Men
                                  Simpsons
                                  Guantlet

                                  ahh good times
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                                    Some of my favourites:

                                    Cruisin' U.S.A.
                                    I don't usually enjoy that much playing driving games but playing this one made me feel surprisingly good.

                                    Cowboys of Moo-Mesa
                                    We used to play this a lot with my friend. I just love these kind of two-player games (like Sunset Riders for example). We spent A LOT of money to it and once we decided to play it until we beat the game or lose our money. We didn't lose our money and we did beat that final boss.

                                    Viper Phase
                                    Oh, this game was hard! Such a dodge the bullet extravaganza! I still think it's one of the best space shooters ever made.

                                    Splatterhouse (I don't know which one of the series it was)
                                    A young horror fan sees a game with blood, guts and a guy that looks like Jason Voorhees in it... That does an addiction.

                                    There there were two games I used to play a lot but I can't remember their names.
                                    Both of the games were pretty old.

                                    In the first game there was this bad guy who kidnaps the hero's girlfriend, takes her to a truck (or something) and leaves. The boss of the first level was this big bearded guy.

                                    The second game was a two-player game. There were two cops who had to shoot bad people. I remember on of the bosses was a big gorilla and I think there was a guy with it (maybe a guy from a circus or someone like that).

                                    Does anyone know the title of those two games?
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                                      I remember playing Turtles in Time with friends and getting pretty far in it.

                                      I remember playing X-Men as a kid and always getting killed by Pyro. When I play now I wonder why I had such a rough time as a kid. I think I used up my superpower too early or something.

                                      I had a blast with Mortal Kombat 4. I liked being able to pull out weapons and break people's arms with moves.

                                      I wish I was into WWF when I was younger because Wrestlefest and Superstars are fun. Andre the Giant is rough until you finally figure out how to weaken him.

                                      Terminator 2 was an awesome game too.
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                                        Man, I miss those old days of going to the arcade with my friends. If we couldn't get a ride to the arcade, we'd settle for a Saturday morning bike ride to 7-11 which always had three or four popular games and a decent rack of comic books. Good times and some left over chump change for a slurpee. :D Some of my favorites:

                                        The Legend of Kage
                                        Paperboy
                                        Gauntlet
                                        Ikari Warriors
                                        Space Gun
                                        Chase H.Q.
                                        Space Harrier
                                        Rampage
                                        Hang-On
                                        Choplifter
                                        Commando
                                        Contra
                                        The Ninja Warriors

                                        ...and a freakin' millions others.
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                                          Altered Beast was killer.........


                                          I didn't even know that they released a version for PS2,till I looked for this pic.
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