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Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
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Oct 26, 2009

Did you use to play these games? I've spent zillions on Asteroids and the likes.

My fave three:







Step right here for a trip through memory lane folks
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Gauntlet Oct 26, 2009

Space invaders was a true obsession for me after I first discovered it late night in a diner on a trip through Georgia... many quarters went through those slots!

However, my favorite came later, called Gauntlet, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauntlet_(arcade_game)

[Edited at 2009-10-26 18:01 GMT]

PS: I actually remember dreaming the strategy to kill the space invaders...

[Edited at 2009-10-26 18:02 GMT]


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Marcelo Silveyra
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Gauntlet Oct 26, 2009

Gauntlet rules! And although it wasn't one of my favorites, I'll never forget Double Dragon - I swear kids would set fire to each other just to get to play first.

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Commodore 64 Oct 26, 2009

My favourite arcade games were those for Commodore 64. Scorpius and Batty (a type of arkanoid with multiplayer mode)







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Leonardo La Malfa  Identity Verified
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The New Zealand Story Oct 26, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Story

Good old 100-lira coins! They were never enough, those afternoons at the amusement arcade...


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Frogger! Oct 26, 2009

I loved that game



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogger

BTW, congrats on a great topic.


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Lemmings! Oct 26, 2009

Definitely Lemmings was the game that consumed a lot of my time 20 years ago.

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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Several Oct 26, 2009

Pitfall, Enduro, the Pacman series, Space invaders, Galaxian, Yars revenge, Dig dug, but finally Wii arrived to save us.

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Raid over Moscow Oct 26, 2009

I remember Pacman, Space invaders, but this is the one that stuck in my mind the most:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_over_Moscow


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Galaxian Oct 26, 2009

My brother used to play everyday while we were camping during summer (there was an arcade machine in a bar nearby).

Then I bought (for my first communion) a MSX with 50 games! That was amazing! I love Galaxian, Pang, Space Invaders and so many others. I still enjoy playing from time to time in the arcade machine my boyfriend has brought home.

Best regards to you all,
Ana


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galaxian Oct 26, 2009

galaxian was a true obsession

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Space Invaders! Oct 26, 2009

Oh, one of my sweetest memories of my senior year in high school!

Zooming to what we called "Invader Kissa (Invader cafe)" right after school, we played for hours and hours, mostly on a two-player mode - Space Invaders was designed and released first in Japan in a cocktail-table format - with a stack of coins on the side. Sorry Mother, I lied. I wasn't studing in the library...

I have a fond memories of playing other games as well. Speaking of Frogger, it is back and now playable on Xbox. Also available for downloading onto iPhone. Enjoy!

Rie


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Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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Chuckie Egg Oct 26, 2009

For the ZX Spectrum.

Actually, we hacked it with two friends to have unlimited lives and, changed the load routine, moving it to the RAM, and recording the game at a different speed to load it faster from the cassette player.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuckie_Egg

I love this game

I've just found out you can play it here http://www.twinbee.org/hob/play.php?snap=chuckie

Marek


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J.Muldoon
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Gauntlet! Oct 26, 2009

Gauntlet was definitely the arcade game that got my brother and I hooked.
We nearly drove our poor mother to distraction (and greater poverty) wheedling for change to play another game.
So much so that she saved and saved to buy us an Atari St for Xmas as soon as possible.
As mentioned, New Zealand Story was fantastic, as was Bubble Bobble, Arkanoid, the Dizzy series, Blood Money and many more...
Am I just getting old or was the the gameplay so much better in those simple old games with primitive graphics?
Dungeon Master was definitely the most addictive though...


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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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Arcade Games Oct 27, 2009

Pac-Man and Daytona were my favourites. I also used to like a game (can' t remember the name) where there was a racing car that used to go round a circuit of roads avoiding dead ends, obstacles and other cars. The car could also let off smoke to prevent other cars getting near it. The car was always red, and there were 10 stages.

However, I have memories of the days when Sir Clive Sinclair's recent gadget the ZX-81 (together with the ZX-80 and ZX-85 Spectrum) ruled the world, so many moons ago, in the pre-history of personal computers. Mice, CDs and so on were unheard of. The computer had 1 KB of memory (expandable to 64 KB) and had no monitor, the TV being a black and white monitor. The printer used a thin grey roll of paper that gave off a funny smell. Games could be downloaded using a cassette tape (now largely a museum piece) that would be plugged into the computer, also making a funny noise when loading. This was the brainchild of Sir Clive Sinclair (born 1940), and was the forefather of the modern systems of today.

If anyone of younger generations would like to know more about this system, then you can access:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZX81

A bit about the history of this now-archaic gadget can be seen at:

http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/computers/zx81/zx81.htm



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