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Missing! Have you seen this arcade?

Post by El_Guapo on 6th August 2010, 2:30 pm

Consoles.

They're great...

But they are also responsible for the death of something once held very dear and close to me.

If I close my eyes I can still remember clearly how my heartbeat used to race as I approached with mounting excitement. Breathlessly, as the smell of stale tobacco would fill my nostrils, I would clutch the silver coins in my pocket that would soon be my passport to another world where anything was possible.

What am I talking about? The arcade room of course.

Every male over the age of 25 will know exactly what I'm talking about. As consoles have developed and advanced the arcade room of yesteryear has slowly faded into non existence. Never again will we find that magical room filled with rows and rows of those big hulking machines with their glowing visage irresistibly beckoning to every wide eyed little boy.

Our present day counterparts nowadays happily slot their brand new shiny compact disk containing the lastest instalment of Splinter Cell into their latest Megatron 3000 console with barely a second thought. With even less thought they then discard it after five minutes of playing and move on to GTA XXXIV. Choice has spoilt their appreciation. How many children of today will EVER experience the same emotion when popping in another CD as we did when seeing Dragon's Lair running for the first time?

Nothing seems to amaze anymore. With every new console that is released those screams of joy seem to be that little bit more muted as realism becomes a substitute for entertainment. With every new console that is released one more potential friend made in the arcade room is lost. With every new console that is released one more hour of studying the chinese boy who can finish Final Fight with one credit is gone.

We owe it to our ourselves to remember the classics that laid the paving stones to where we find ourselves today. Classics such as R-Type, Rastan, Samurai Showdown, Chase HQ, Pitfighter, Roc n Rope, Spyhunter...The list really is never ending.

Now excuse me while I go off and shed a few tears of heartfelt and tearful nostalgia.
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Post by Bones on 6th August 2010, 2:36 pm

Sad Sad Sad Beautiful......... Just beautiful Sad Sad Sad

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Post by Frog on 6th August 2010, 3:53 pm

Bravo my friend, truly beautiful words about a golden era Sad

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Post by El_Guapo on 6th August 2010, 4:44 pm

It's sad to think of how we've lost that social aspect arcade rooms used to give isn't it? Xbox live is a poor substitute IMO.

This clip will bring a tear to your eye...lol The year was 1983 and Don Bluth was light years ahead of his time. Whilst other programmers were stuggling to master the BASIC computer language good ole Don was burning games on to laserdisc!

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Post by El_Guapo on 6th August 2010, 4:45 pm

This was another fave :) I remember it as Xain'd Sleena tho...I think Solar Warrior was the American version.

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Post by Frog on 6th August 2010, 4:48 pm

I can't believe that was 83! It looks far more advanced than that. I love the cheesy action hero though Laughing

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Post by El_Guapo on 6th August 2010, 4:56 pm

Have you looked into MAME?

I have it installed on my PC at home. It's a free arcade emulator that accurately recreates almost EVERY arcade game you remember in all it's glory!

You need to hunt about for the roms (the games) on the net but once you find them it's easy to get them running. You just drag and drop them into the installation folder.

I'm actually thinking of renting a little space and opening up an arcade/internet cafe. I could build the cabinets and then have low spec PC's hidden inside running different classics like the original streetfighter, shinobi etc

Looking into costs/feasibility at the moment but if I ever get it off the ground I'll invite you guys to the grand opening :)
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Post by Frog on 6th August 2010, 5:28 pm

I would be honoured to attend Worship Just don't expect much conversation from me when I get there computer

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Post by Bones on 6th August 2010, 5:30 pm

I'd be there for sure..... Though I can't say that'd I'd be leaving again...... Embarassed

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