Favorite Arcade Games from 70's and 80's?

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  1. flyfish29 macrumors 68020

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    What did you spend your tokens on?

    Time period- 70's and 80's
    3 favorite arcade games
    1 random/obscure arcade game
    Screen/cabinet shots please

    Favorite-
    Track and Field
    Bubble Hockey
    Moon Patrol*

    Random-
    Journey arcade-

    * sentimental pick- I asked a girl out (my first time) while playing this game- Just call me Mr. Romantic! :cool:
     

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  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Three? My memory isn't that good. :eek:

    Top of the list has to go to: Joust. I spent hours playing that with friends while I should have been doing my homework. What I like is that there were dual player machines where you could play as a team. Deeply addictive, loved it to bits.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joust_(video_game)

    I also remember playing a lot of PacMan, Centipede, Frogger and a vector game... I think it was Tempest.
     
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  4. flyfish29 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Tempest- loved that game!

    Blue- you actually came up with 6! :D
     

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  5. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Most of mine were early 90's (Terminator 2, The Simpsons, Time Traveler)
    For the 80's I would have to say.

    Favorites
    Donky Kong
    Double Dragon
    Pole Position

    Random
    Demolition Derby

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  6. jecapaga macrumors 601

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    Definitely! Loved Joust. Actually owned one I bought on the used market several years ago. Played the heck out of it.

    Others: Defender, Centipede, Berserk (I think it was called..run like a chicken, fight like a robot.) :D
     

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  7. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    robotron
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    galaga
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    Dragon's Layer


    We used to spend hours and lots of quarters on MoonRover in the arcade.
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I wasted alot of money playing Defender.
     

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  9. Dagless macrumors Core

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    R-Type! Was one of the first Amiga games that I really fell in love with and I'm still playing it to this day (have the R-Type PS1 collections on PSP and R-Type 1 and 3 on the Wii).
     
  10. mscriv macrumors 601

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    My parent's used to take me to Mr. Gatti's pizza when I was a kid and they had arcade video games there that I would spend hours on.

    The first shooter I can ever remember playing was Hogan's Alley.

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    Who can forget Qbert

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    Jungle Hunt

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    Galaga

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    Dig Dug

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    I guess an obscure choice would be an old Atari paddle game called Ka Boom!

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    This has been a fun trip down memory lane. I could keep going, but I'll stop since you only asked for four and I've already gone over the limit. :)
     
  11. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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  12. flyfish29 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Off topic a bit-

    Wow- I thought Gatti's pizza was a regional or local pizza shop in KC- I used to play Journey there all the time- if I remember right the sausage pizza was awesome- and their cheese was different for some reason- good, but different.

    Back to topic-

    mscriv- as the OP I should note that the word arcade was emphasized several times...and even a reference to tokens was made and since tokens=arcade games you are way out of line!!!:rolleyes: :D

    So KABOOM DOESN'T COUNT!!:rolleyes: But that being said- what a great game!!!! :D
     
  13. mscriv macrumors 601

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    OK, OK. I'll take my punishment like a man and make up for it. Here's an obscure eighties ARCADE game.

    Burger Time
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    Please accept my apology and let me know if this effort makes amends.

    As far as Mr. Gatti's goes. I grew up in Nashville, TN and Mr. Gattis Pizza came into town in the eighties. They were stand alone pizza joints like Pizza Hut and were the first one I remember to have a daily pizza buffet with different types of pizza, breadsticks, and salad. They also had delivery and regular pizza for eat in. They housed about 4 or 5 arcade games in a little raised eating section of the pizzeria. As time passed they were slowly overtaken by the new pizza joints and sort of disappeared in the nineties. Then shortly after 2000 they completely changed their image and became Gatti Land, a place like Chuckie Cheese or Showbiz that caters specifically to the family party or kid atmosphere with tons of video games, skee ball, and other stuff. As far as I know there are some Gatti Land's still around today, but they are not common.
     
  14. kellen macrumors 68020

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    I have one of these in my office. I was told my father bought it when I was born in 1981, never asked him though. Full sized space invaders video game.

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    Works great. Fun to play. Even brought it with me from Seattle to Philadelphia.
     
  15. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Wow, I had totally forgotten about Jungle Hunt. I played it quite a bit. I was a total mall rat in the 80s, and spent most of my time the arcade. I loved Galaga. I was completely addicted. Thankfully, most of the time I played it, I could get into the 20s levels so I didn't spend a ton of money on it. Even after I got to college, I still played it. I had some friends laugh at me when I was in college when we went bowling. I soon forgot about bowling when I saw the Galaga machine. I still had the magic touch. :)

    And Kaboom was fun.

    In high school/college, I played a lot of Street Fighter II. I loved ol' Thunder Thighs herself, Chun Li. :) I never could get the hang of Mortal Kombat, though.


    I lost a ton of money to that freakin' Dragons Lair. The first time I saw it, I thought it was amazing.



    I had never seen graphics like that.


    Karate Champ was cheezy, but fun.



    Obscure game: John Elway's Team Quarterback

    http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8237



    Heh, I was a huge D&D nerd in high school. My group sunk a lot of money into this. The game quotes became common in our D&D games. "Warrior is about to die!" A friend of mine a few years ago went in with some folks from his gaming group and bought a Gauntlet II console. I was very jealous.
     

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  16. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    sweet! You had kung fu up there. I remember that one! The nes port was nice too. ahhaa "wizard needs food badly!" Gauntlet was fun on nintendo 64 too.

    Steel Talons, Cybersled, Super Mario Brothers Arcade,Altered Beast, Discs of Tron, Tron, Star Wars Original Arcade Sit Down, Virtua Racing, Daytona USA,Midnight Wanderers,Dungeons & Dragons (Tower of Doom) I played all these alllooootttttt
     
  17. flyfish29 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Burger Time- that was a great one. How about crazy climber!
     

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  18. bradl macrumors 68040

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    And we're limited to 3. That's EVIL. :D

    6 of mine were already mentioned here. So I'll mention a few others.

    A.P.B.

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    Paperboy.
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    Elevator Action.
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    Random Obscure? Okay..

    Cheyenne.
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    Cabinet:

    Spy Hunter.
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    I have at least another 40 off the top of my head I played. But these were also in the days where I could make that one token last 3 1/2 hours! My mother had to make me lose so we could go home!

    BL.
     
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  20. CodeRaven macrumors member

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    I would have to say :

    Tempest
    Battlezone
    Gorf

    And for my obscure one (maybe it's not) was Atari's trackball Soccer game.
     

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  21. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    God, I wanted to smash that fraking game sometimes. lol


    This isn't arcade but I always liked Yars Revenge.

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  22. Galley macrumors 65816

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    Stargate (Defender II)
    Burger Time
    Time Pilot
    Tempest
    Galaga
     
  23. savoirfaire macrumors 6502

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    The game I was best at was:

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    But I always liked Rampage...

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