• From Atreyu@GAMENET to Dumas Walker on Thu Jul 12 17:19:02 2018
    On 12 Jul 18 18:37:00, Dumas Walker said the following to Atreyu:

    Favorite arcade games:

    Space Invaders (the only one I was remotely good at, unless PONG was an arcade game at some point! <grin>)

    I thought it was, actually...

    Atreyu

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  • From Vk3jed@GAMENET to Atreyu on Fri Jul 13 12:57:00 2018
    On 07-13-18 00:19, Atreyu wrote to Dumas Walker <=-

    On 12 Jul 18 18:37:00, Dumas Walker said the following to Atreyu:

    Favorite arcade games:

    Space Invaders (the only one I was remotely good at, unless PONG was an arcade game at some point! <grin>)

    I thought it was, actually...

    I remember when the original Space Invaders came to town in the small town ehre I lived. It was 1978, and I remember queueing for more than half an hour to play it, only to die in about 2 minutes! LOL These days, I'm a LOT better at Space Invaders (on an emulator now). :)


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  • From Atreyu@GAMENET to Vk3Jed on Fri Jul 13 01:14:36 2018
    On 13 Jul 18 19:57:00, Vk3Jed said the following to Atreyu:

    Space Invaders (the only one I was remotely good at, unless PONG was an arcade game at some point! <grin>)

    I thought it was, actually...

    I remember when the original Space Invaders came to town in the small town e I lived. It was 1978, and I remember queueing for more than half an hour to play it, only to die in about 2 minutes! LOL These days, I'm a LOT better a Space Invaders (on an emulator now). :)

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke, and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Atreyu

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  • From Dumas Walker@GAMENET/CAPCITY2 to Atreyu on Fri Jul 13 09:53:00 2018
    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke, and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades" were in
    the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front with a few video
    and pinball games. I think the only time I was ever in an actual arcade
    was for a few minutes when I was in college. There was one near the uni,
    and I stepped in there looking for someone.

    In the case of the pizza parlours, the managers were usually OK to the
    pizza customers, but were often uptight with the patrons of the arcade.

    Come to think of it, in the pizza place closest to where I grew up, the
    arcade portion was in the back in the area where the stage used to be...
    before it changed hands and became part of a chain, they used to have some dinner theatre in there. I was too young at the time to remember much
    about it. I think maybe they sometimes showed cartoons on the stage
    screen, too.

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  • From Vk3jed@GAMENET to Atreyu on Sat Jul 14 04:47:00 2018
    On 07-13-18 08:14, Atreyu wrote to Vk3Jed <=-

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke, and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Well, we had no arcade in town, just a single machine in the local fish and chip shop. But in the next town, which was slightly faster, we used to sometimes go to the "billy" (billiard parlour), which had pool/billiards/snooker tables, pinball machines and a good selection of arcade games. It was quite a good setup for a relatively small town.


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  • From Atreyu@GAMENET to Dumas Walker on Fri Jul 13 20:25:00 2018
    On 13 Jul 18 16:53:00, Dumas Walker said the following to Atreyu:

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades" were in the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was ever in an actual arcade was for a few minutes when I was in college. There was one near the uni, and I stepped in there looking for someone.

    I may be a little young to remmeber the pizza-parlour arcades, but I do remember them fondly being in every seedy, sleezy strip-mall I ever been to as a kid. Those are the ones I'm talking about.

    Atreyu

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  • From Vk3jed@GAMENET to Atreyu on Sat Jul 14 12:40:00 2018
    On 07-14-18 03:25, Atreyu wrote to Dumas Walker <=-

    I may be a little young to remmeber the pizza-parlour arcades, but I do

    Our "billy" was in a pizza parlour. :)


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  • From Dumas Walker@GAMENET/CAPCITY2 to ATREYU on Sun Jul 15 12:26:00 2018
    I may be a little young to remmeber the pizza-parlour arcades, but I do >remember them fondly being in every seedy, sleezy strip-mall I ever been to as >a kid. Those are the ones I'm talking about.

    Yeah, I have seen those on TV and in movies, but I only remember seeing
    one. I think, in the town I grew up in, when the strip-mall went seedy,
    bars and bingo parlours moved it instead of arcades. :)

    I think the miniature golf places had arcades inside, too, and in one case,
    the miniature golf was actually inside also.

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  • From Race Man@GAMENET/CAPCITY2 to Dumas Walker on Thu May 28 23:14:23 2020
    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke, and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades" were in
    the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was ever in an actual arcade
    was for a few minutes when I was in college. There was one near the uni, and I stepped in there looking for someone.

    In the case of the pizza parlours, the managers were usually OK to the
    pizza customers, but were often uptight with the patrons of the arcade.

    Come to think of it, in the pizza place closest to where I grew up, the arcade portion was in the back in the area where the stage used to be... before it changed hands and became part of a chain, they used to have some dinner theatre in there. I was too young at the time to remember much
    about it. I think maybe they sometimes showed cartoons on the stage
    screen, too.
    arcade games are fun
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  • From Race Man@GAMENET/CAPCITY2 to Race Man on Sat May 30 20:03:43 2020
    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups, smelt like smoke, and usually ran by the most uptight insufferable manager,

    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades" were in the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was ever in an actual arcade
    was for a few minutes when I was in college. There was one near the uni, and I stepped in there looking for someone.

    In the case of the pizza parlours, the managers were usually OK to the pizza customers, but were often uptight with the patrons of the arcade.

    Come to think of it, in the pizza place closest to where I grew up, the arcade portion was in the back in the area where the stage used to be... before it changed hands and became part of a chain, they used to have some dinner theatre in there. I was too young at the time to remember much i like arcade games to
    about it. I think maybe they sometimes showed cartoons on the stage screen, too.
    arcade games are fun
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  • From HusTler@GAMENET/HAVENS to Race Man on Mon Jun 15 16:06:17 2020
    Re: Re: Re:
    By: Race Man to Race Man on Sat May 30 2020 08:03 pm

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a
    place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups,
    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades"
    were in the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front
    with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was
    ever in an actual arcade

    Yep we had an Arcade. A big one. Took my kids there all the time. The 90's was when they started making the video games for the PC. You needed a new CPU and Graphic card replacement every 6 months. Nintendo and Xbox were a much cheaper way.

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  • From Codefenix@GAMENET/CONCHAOS to All on Fri Jun 19 10:05:18 2020
    Re: Re: Re:
    By: HusTler to Race Man on Mon Jun 15 2020 04:06 pm

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a At>> place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups,
    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades"
    were in the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front
    with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was
    ever in an actual arcade

    Hell yeah. I always admired the arcade aesthetic: smoke, neon lights, the crowds (the ONLY place where I don't mind crowds). Arcades always seemed so fascinating and other-worldly to me, probably because we lived in a small town and the nearest real arcades were located in bigger towns 30+ minutes away, in shopping malls and the like, and my mom never wanted to waste time letting us stay and play games (which, to her, was the same as the garbage I could play at home), so I'd be forced to just walk by, looking longingly at the machines
    while other kids were playing.

    The closest thing to a legit arcade our town ever got was a mini-arcade in the back section of the local video rental place in the early 90s. It wasn't much, but it was super exciting. It was the place where we saw Mortal Kombat II for the first time. They'd have tournaments there and everything. It was a good time to be a kid in that town, even though it was somewhat late in the arcade era.

    Around the same time, there was a little tourist trap along the lake near where we'd go camping every summer, which had a long strip of restaurants, bars, and arcades. Pinball everywhere. It was the first place I ever saw and played 4-player TMNT. It's all still there today, but now it's mostly all just ticket redemption games and skiball. Occasionally there's a working pinball or a worthwhile arcade machine without so much screen burn-in.

    Last year my brother and I took our families to an arcade & pinball convention in Pittsburgh called ReplayFx. That was a great time. Rows and rows of arcade games and pinball machines set to free-play. Hoped to go again this year, but it was cancelled sadly.

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  • From Race Man@GAMENET/CAPCITY2 to Codefenix on Fri Jun 19 18:18:58 2020
    Re: Re: Re:
    By: HusTler to Race Man on Mon Jun 15 2020 04:06 pm

    Growing up, going to the "arcade" meant that you were going to a At>> place with all kinds of weird people, different age groups,
    Where I grew up, in the 1970's/early-80's, most of the "arcades"
    were in the pizza parlours. They'd have a section near the front >> with a few video and pinball games. I think the only time I was
    ever in an actual arcade

    Hell yeah. I always admired the arcade aesthetic: smoke, neon lights, the crowds (the ONLY place where I don't mind crowds). Arcades always seemed so fascinating and other-worldly to me, probably because we lived in a small town and the nearest real arcades were located in bigger towns 30+ minutes away, in shopping malls and the like, and my mom never wanted to waste time letting us stay and play games (which, to her, was the same as the garbage I could play at home), so I'd be forced to just walk by, looking longingly at the machines
    while other kids were playing.
    sonds cool
    The closest thing to a legit arcade our town ever got was a mini-arcade in the back section of the local video rental place in the early 90s. It wasn't much, but it was super exciting. It was the place where we saw Mortal Kombat II for the first time. They'd have tournaments there and everything. It was a good time to be a kid in that town, even though it was somewhat late in the arcade era.

    Around the same time, there was a little tourist trap along the lake near where we'd go camping every summer, which had a long strip of restaurants, bars, and arcades. Pinball everywhere. It was the first place I ever saw and played 4-player TMNT. It's all still there today, but now it's mostly all just ticket redemption games and skiball. Occasionally there's a working pinball or a worthwhile arcade machine without so much screen burn-in.

    Last year my brother and I took our families to an arcade & pinball convention in Pittsburgh called ReplayFx. That was a great time. Rows and rows of arcade games and pinball machines set to free-play. Hoped to go again this year, but it was cancelled sadly.

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  • From Bob Roberts@GAMENET/HOVAL to Codefenix on Sat Jan 9 14:27:08 2021
    Re: Re: Re:
    By: Codefenix to All on Fri Jun 19 2020 10:05 am

    Hell yeah. I always admired the arcade aesthetic: smoke, neon lights, the crowds (the ONLY place where
    I don't mind crowds). Arcades always seemed so fascinating and other-worldly to me, probably because
    we lived in a small town and the nearest real arcades were located in bigger towns 30+ minutes away,
    in shopping malls and the like, and my mom never wanted to waste time letting us stay and play games

    For me, when I was a kid the only arcade in town was in the Bowling Alley. My dad would drop me off there while he went into the bar. (Thanks dad!). There were maybe 10 games and a few pinball machines. 2-3 of the games were always broken, and although you weren't supposed to smoke in there the "big kids" always were.

    The quarter rule was in effect here, if someone put a line of quarters on the ledge above the controls they would get the next game when you lost.

    I remember once I was playing some game, probably Spy Hunter, and there were two older teen girls slumped against the wall, probably stoned. It was pretty classy.

    Bob Roberts

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