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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge Jude View Post
    Pong
    Space Invaders
    Frogger
    Avalanche
    Galaxian (the artist later known as Galaga)
    Galaga was my first arcade love. I used to go to a laundry mat nearby to play it any time I had a spare quarter. The joy of getting two ships could not be surpassed.

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    Galaga was my first arcade love. I used to go to a laundry mat nearby to play it any time I had a spare quarter. The joy of getting two ships could not be surpassed.
    it's weird - I never learned - nor had any interest in learning - how to completely dominate that game. I was more of a whirling dervish who was maybe a "fast twitch" guy or something. but I made it work, constantly killing a target at the last split-second.

    I ran across one about 15 years ago, and spent 15 minutes playing on one quarter. funny, because I was all over the place physically because I wasn't doing the 'science' so much as the passion. worked up plenty of perspiration.

    was in Nashville in February, and downtown there is sort of a retro/ironic old video game bar that is popular with a young crowd.

    took one more spin on Galaga. wasn't quite as successful - but definitely still some 'twitch' left in this old dog.



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    Anyone else memorize the pac man pattern? Keys baby, it's all about the keys.
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    The Bards Tale 2 & 3
    Street Fighter 2
    The Lords of Midnight
    Gauntlet
    Civ 1&2
    Colonisation
    Populous
    Gunship / Gunship 2000
    Dune 2
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    ms pac-man (I got to a point where I would search out machines just so I could register the high score)
    space invaders probably second
    After those I spread my quarters around pretty evenly.

    Wolfenstein 3D was also a huge time grabber for me but I was in my 20's by then.
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    I feel like I grew up in the golden age of video games. (I was born in 1970.) I remember my parents going to the local bar -- something they NEVER did before or after -- just to play Pac-Man when it first came out. Soon after it seemed there were coin-op games everywhere. Every quick stop, every fast food restaurant. At the movie theater. Even the grocery stores had a couple.

    I played a lot of Atari 2600 then graduated to the Commodore 64. Dr. J vs Larry Bird, Karateka, Archon, Zork, and I recall this cool baseball game with a perspective from behind the pitcher when you batted. At a science fair someone gave me a floppy disk with an X-rated game on it. My mind was blown.

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    Ms Pac-Man
    Dig Dug
    Robotron 2000
    Defender
    Galaga

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    I'm the same age as Jefe, and the arcade was the most important place to go from age 9-15. Of course I had home arcade games, but they weren't as addicting or fun as the arcade, since you kind of played them on your own.

    So:
    Spy Hunter
    Elevator Action
    Track & Field
    Burgertime
    Defender
    Gauntlet
    Smash TV later on, because this was a partner game and was in the basement arcade of my college's Student Union, and my editor colleagues and I spent hours upon hours playing this when we should have been working on our Student Newspaper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by revo View Post
    I'm the same age as Jefe, and the arcade was the most important place to go from age 9-15. Of course I had home arcade games, but they weren't as addicting or fun as the arcade, since you kind of played them on your own.

    So:
    Spy Hunter
    Elevator Action
    Track & Field
    Burgertime
    Defender
    Gauntlet
    Smash TV later on, because this was a partner game and was in the basement arcade of my college's Student Union, and my editor colleagues and I spent hours upon hours playing this when we should have been working on our Student Newspaper!
    Ah man, Elevator Action was awesome. Spy Hunter too.

    My first semester of college (1988) we had a Track & Field in the fraternity house and I played that things for hours. Always had broken pencils around for the lever action.

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