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    Default Favorite Arcade Memories?

    I know some of you youngens wont know what I am talking about but yhe older farts like me will vibe with this. I am talking about the Arcades of yester year. Not the Dave And Busters crap they have now. I mean the putting ten bucks into the change machine and trying to balance a hand full of quarters while walking around with an over sized Coke. The greasy joy sticks because that one jerk kid would not wipe his damn hands after eating the god awful arcade snack counter pizza. And why was the place always so Smokey? Who was lighting up in a room full of kids?

    So tell me your favorite arcade memorires?

    For me it was the place down the street. I would go there once a month on Saturday with a roll of quarters. I learned early on to stay away from street fighter because that bastard who was a monster with Guile would own every one. it was just a money drain. I would camp out at The Simpson game or Ninja Turtles game. I would have played the Xmen game more often but all the good players were taken. And who the Hell wants to be Dazzler? The Simpson was great. I love the boos fight against the bear. Because why not let's fight a bear. How about the dream land level where you fought the doughnuts? I loved Homer just beating the crap out of the doughnuts. I knew I had to get there early or I would get stuck with Marge or Lisa.

    So what are your memories?
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    This is a good thread...I actually have 2 real nice memories.



    - As a kid in my town there was a local diner/burger joint that everyone loved to eat at. It was around for 20-30+ years by the 1980's and everyone would eat their special sauce burgers they served. I as a kid never knew how special the place was beyond the 2-3 arcade machines inside the place. One I loved playing as a kid was OUT RUN. This was the game by the way....




    As a kid I struggled at 1st with it. But whenever my mom went grocery shopping next door my dad would take to this and let me play awhile. It was one of my favorite things as a kid to do in late 1980's.



    - My next memory was in 1990's. Our local mall had an Aladdins Castle arcade. A friend I knew back then (haven't seen in years) worked in there. He was a friendly cool guy and for a year or 2 worked there and we'd see him each weekend.

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    God I remember Aladdin Castle. I loved the tokens and the prize booth. That place was so amazing. it is a shame that there is only one left. I cant remember if it is in Indiana or Illinois. But man That place was what Arcades were all about in the 90's
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    Xmen Arcade game was my go to. We would play at that arcades in Las Vegas casinos when we visited my Grandma.

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    Oh, wow, the memories! For me there's two main ones:

    - The beginning of a summer where I came out of the beach with my cousin to buy ice cream and we casually walked into an arcade room just next to the beach. There was a massive amount of kids huddling around an arcade cabinet and that is the first time I saw... Street Fighter II Champion Edition. I was blown away, a fighting game where you would go 1 vs 1 with larger than life characters, tight fighting mechanics and great graphics. It was an obsession for me that summer; there were other great games there, like Sunset Riders, but it was all SF II for me!

    - Some months later, I picked up a video games magazine and it had this huge multi-page article with photos on this new arcade game named Mortal Kombat! It was the same as SF II but looked "real". And after a few months it came over to arcade rooms all over my town, so I became hooked on MK 1!

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    -Going to the mall every weekend and checking Tekken 3 to see if any new characters were unlocked, then spending $20 just playing as Tiger because it was hilarious.

    -Finally finding the Spider-Man arcade game again a few years ago and playing it to completion.

    -My dad giving me a bunch of money and dropping me off at the arcade in the mall to keep me busy while he was Christmas shopping every year.
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    Man ... TMNT, X-Men, Ghostbusters, and Simpsons ate tons of my quarters. Also, so did WrestleMania and I want to say it was WrestleFest but it may have been another WWF game.

    And I lived on pinball alley of any arcade.
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    It's quite incredible how arcades died over time (apparently they're still somewhat popular in Japan? not sure if that's just a myth), a bit like Blockbuster and the likes for movies. Everyone has an "arcade" at home now.

    NBA Jam was another one of my arcade favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyped78 View Post
    It's quite incredible how arcades died over time (apparently they're still somewhat popular in Japan? not sure if that's just a myth), a bit like Blockbuster and the likes for movies. Everyone has an "arcade" at home now.
    Arcades in the US are still around, just not as prominent as they once were. Every time I go to a beach there's usually one on the boardwalk, and there's places like Dave & Busters. It's just nowhere near as common as when they were in every mall in the country.
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    I remember playing those old Neo Geo arcade cabinets at pizza hut

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    Breaking a 5 dollar bill into quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noodle View Post
    Arcades in the US are still around, just not as prominent as they once were. Every time I go to a beach there's usually one on the boardwalk, and there's places like Dave & Busters. It's just nowhere near as common as when they were in every mall in the country.
    I think they're pretty dead here in Europe, unfortunately

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    they kept me out of the ball pit at chuck e. cheese

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    I remember as a kid going to Arcades when Sega seemed to rule, games like Outrun and Afterburner. Those huge machines you’d sit in that would move... wow. What an experience.
    Later on I have memories of being in the 5th-7th grade age range and taking solo trips with friends to a couple places. We played Street Fighter 2 for hours. That lasted years. Then came Mortal Kombat. I remember sitting in the theater for the premier of the movie... Blown away. I also saw Street Fighter with Van Damme and Raul Julia. Terribly miscast and acted, even I could tell at such a young age, but I found a way to love it.
    Can’t think of many other games at the arcade that brought such ever lasting memories.

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    always had fond memories of playing Cruis'n USA and Race Drivin at my local Pizza Hut

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