Author Topic: Arcades!  (Read 738 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Arcades!
« on: May 04, 2021, 11:21:34 AM »
I want to talk about arcades PALS! What was the arcades like when you where you grew up? Are there arcades near you now? What do you play?

Growing up, in the 90s, my favorite arcade was this place called the Butterfly in Detroit. Go carts, golf, pool, and the best selection of arcade games in the city. We could only go Saturday mornings. Not the best time when your a kid like me, who had cartoons to watch. Turns out because that place was apparently gang hotspot and the bar got really rowdy later in the day.

Me and my older brother use to play marvel vs capcom. He could beat the game on one quarter. Which was crazy because we never owned it at home. I wasn't as good he was but I had a bad habit of beating an older teen/adult and walking away after I won. I just didn't want to play it for that long, but apparently, it pissed people off. I'm still NOT good at fighting games but understand the mechanics well enough to beat an average person.

The best game hands down growing up were Virtual on. A mech fighting game, where I would sit in that cock pit and play all day.




Nowadays, I'm not really into the Barcades, thing but they're better than nothing. they usually have street fighter and TMNT. The thing is Barcades are Bars first, and I'm there the play games not drink.

We do have this place called round1, which has a good selection, or fighting cabinets, and newer machines. I find myself drawn to the Japanese rhythm games they have. This one called mvseca is dope. I actually bring my own headphones now, cause I'm that lame. And Dance rush stardom. They also have wifi-enabled street fighter machines which are cool if you want to get you ass handed it to you.

Mario Kart arcade GP is also pretty great if you're playing with the right people.

So, any of you still lurk at arcades?

skateboardnorth

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1094
  • Rep: 6
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 02:56:32 PM »
I never frequented arcades, but I always went straight to Time Crisis when I did.

EdLawndale

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1692
  • Rep: 66
    • My Wife
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 03:58:05 PM »
Marvel VS Capcom was the shit
"Was just about to say, wtf is up with this EdLawndale guy?"

GardenSkater77

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1498
  • Rep: 227
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 04:21:17 PM »
If youíre ever in Salem, MA

https://bit.bar/

I just missed the arcade heyday.

Started going in 88í.

It was dark, smoky and the owner had young girls hanging out in the back room. Basically a skate shop that made tons of money before NES.

When Street Fighter then Mortal Combat came out my friends were raiding their parents change bins. Before credit cards took over some parents had UTZ pretzel containers filled with loose change. No quarter was safe. Arcades could work again but they need to be bars or adjacent to laundry mats.

TheLurper

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1693
  • Rep: 217
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 07:30:29 PM »
I miss the sketchy ass arcade I used to go to HS.

But, I do own a Ms. Pac Man cocktail machine. I fucking love that thing.

Quote from: ChuckRamone
I love when people bring up world hunger. It makes everything meaningless.
"that guy is double parked."
"Who cares? there are people starving to death! besides, how does that affect you? does it lessen the joy of parking?

Bunk Moreland

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 81
  • Rep: -15
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 07:48:21 PM »
I grew up in the 80s, my mom would leave us at the arcade at the Santa Rosa mall while she shopped. Lots of tmnt and moonwalker. Now itís basically Dave and busters or a mini golf place and everything costs a dollar, it sucks. Old cabinets with crt monitors are so dated, and Iím sure the maintenance on them isnít worth keeping them going, but I would love to find a working Mortal Kombat in the wild. So many quarters were spent on that thing, lining them up, calling ďnext,Ē and then getting frustrated because all this kid Ruben would do was Raidenís b, b, f SupermanÖ


fortunecattlesteakhouse

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 55
  • Rep: 41
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 07:49:28 PM »
the good places back in the day usually reeked of b.o and had a guy selling dimes. quarter games were obsolete by the time i started attending but 50cent vertical and side scrollers were still a thing. then house of the dead came out -lost interest in all other games before mgs

sega air trix for the culture. just stomping on the friggin thing without a clue

chuckles

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 57
  • Rep: 7
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 08:33:18 PM »
When I was young I would walk over to the convenience store and the only games they had were Tron and Xaxxon.  I think this is why I've never cared about video games ever since.

rocklobster

  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 5941
  • Rep: 528
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
    Gold Topic Start Gold Topic Start : Start a topic with over 10,000 replies.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2021, 01:06:04 AM »
Me and my older brother use to play marvel vs capcom. He could beat the game on one quarter. Which was crazy because we never owned it at home. I wasn't as good he was but I had a bad habit of beating an older teen/adult and walking away after I won. I just didn't want to play it for that long, but apparently, it pissed people off. I'm still NOT good at fighting games but understand the mechanics well enough to beat an average person.

Marvel VS Capcom was the shit

We talking MvC 1 or 2 here? So much nostalgia attached to the place, back when you could still smoke indoors and $2 would last you all afternoon. My brother and I spent so much time playing MvC2 and were decent, until we encountered the real pros who were wrecking us with Cable, Magneto, Storm and Sentinel.

Went to a barcade in CA a few years back and it struck me how much money you can quickly dump into those machines. My friends and I were playing the X-Men beat'em up (4 players) and the damage was unforgiving. We were dumping in quarters 3-4 times each per stage.

iKobrakai

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3597
  • Rep: -671
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2021, 01:20:58 AM »
Really liked Sega Rally!

Gene_Harrogate

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 67
  • Rep: 11
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2021, 06:25:16 AM »
I was always obsessed with the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 arcade game, always played with Kabal throwing out mad combos.

One time for a friends birthday his parents dumped us off at the arcade with several rolls of quarters and we went to town on The Simpsons 4 player arcade.  That and the 4 player X-Men game were always the best with a bunch of friends.

TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2021, 06:30:58 AM »
Expand Quote
Me and my older brother use to play marvel vs capcom. He could beat the game on one quarter. Which was crazy because we never owned it at home. I wasn't as good he was but I had a bad habit of beating an older teen/adult and walking away after I won. I just didn't want to play it for that long, but apparently, it pissed people off. I'm still NOT good at fighting games but understand the mechanics well enough to beat an average person.
[close]

Expand Quote
Marvel VS Capcom was the shit
[close]

We talking MvC 1 or 2 here? So much nostalgia attached to the place, back when you could still smoke indoors and $2 would last you all afternoon. My brother and I spent so much time playing MvC2 and were decent, until we encountered the real pros who were wrecking us with Cable, Magneto, Storm and Sentinel.

Went to a barcade in CA a few years back and it struck me how much money you can quickly dump into those machines. My friends and I were playing the X-Men beat'em up (4 players) and the damage was unforgiving. We were dumping in quarters 3-4 times each per stage.

Some games were designed to be a quarter sink. Fucking Jurassic park has a part where you just die no matter what.

Fighting games were great because you could beat the system. I knew if I had 1 quarter, i could get like an half hour of street fighter in at the end of the day.

We definitely preferred mvc 2
Ryu, Spider-Man, Wolverine for me


HeavyAndExpensive

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 30
  • Rep: 7
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2021, 06:32:30 AM »
Silent Scope was my shit.

Any pinball machine is fantastic.

The old X-Men/Simpsons beat 'em up.

Love Marvel Vs. Capcoms/Street Fighters, especially Street Fighter 3: 3rd strike, an arcade style game though I only ever play it on PlayStation.

TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2021, 06:39:44 AM »
I grew up in the 80s, my mom would leave us at the arcade at the Santa Rosa mall while she shopped. Lots of tmnt and moonwalker. Now itís basically Dave and busters or a mini golf place and everything costs a dollar, it sucks. Old cabinets with crt monitors are so dated, and Iím sure the maintenance on them isnít worth keeping them going, but I would love to find a working Mortal Kombat in the wild. So many quarters were spent on that thing, lining them up, calling ďnext,Ē and then getting frustrated because all this kid Ruben would do was Raidenís b, b, f SupermanÖ

Dave and busters is pretty whack, they focus on redemption, simulation and licensed properties. Their practically a casino.

When I travel I love to check out the arcades, and now that I think about it, there arenít as many MK machines a capcom. If you wanna blow $300 on nostalgia their the arcade1up machines. Theyíre a little smaller but not that bad. Right now my house is too small to justify owning one, but hopefully in few years people will get tired of them and I can pick up a used one.


TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2021, 07:00:43 AM »
the good places back in the day usually reeked of b.o and had a guy selling dimes. quarter games were obsolete by the time i started attending but 50cent vertical and side scrollers were still a thing. then house of the dead came out -lost interest in all other games before mgs

sega air trix for the culture. just stomping on the friggin thing without a clue

never played airtrix! the arcade I go to now had topsk8r for a minute, and then one day it was turned off, and a few weeks later it was fucking gone.

Youoverthere

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1579
  • Rep: 37
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2021, 07:37:13 AM »
I used to hit this arcade/bar called 1up but I donít care for drunkards getting over competitive and slamming the controls when they lose. Then I found the most perfect arcade called hyperspace. They had hella snacks, ps2/Dreamcast/genesis emulators, no alcohol, and every console actually worked. They moved the whole thing to Las Vegas a couple years ago so then I found a pretty decent arcade room at a clockwork orange themed club called milk. They had gauntlet, tekken, time crisis2 and skew ball but I fucked that one up myself cuz I kept bringing dates there and now I canít go in without seeing at least 2 of my exs. So now I just download isos of the old games I would play with my homies and just call em to come over.

it must be crazy when chico sells you something and the tables switch from "give me my money chico" to "giving my money to chico"

TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2021, 08:50:39 AM »
I used to hit this arcade/bar called 1up but I donít care for drunkards getting over competitive and slamming the controls when they lose. Then I found the most perfect arcade called hyperspace. They had hella snacks, ps2/Dreamcast/genesis emulators, no alcohol, and every console actually worked. They moved the whole thing to Las Vegas a couple years ago so then I found a pretty decent arcade room at a clockwork orange themed club called milk. They had gauntlet, tekken, time crisis2 and skew ball but I fucked that one up myself cuz I kept bringing dates there and now I canít go in without seeing at least 2 of my exs. So now I just download isos of the old games I would play with my homies and just call em to come over.

we got this spot called battle and brew. How it works is you rent out a booth, really just a couch with a TV, coffee table and consoles attached. Then you check games. The food and bar were also great. It was great a place but eventually, it blew up. Which is great for them, but not for me. It was great a spot for the homies to gather, and a great tinder date spot, cause it was a little corky, but a real quality establishment. Now it's just busy.

rocklobster

  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 5941
  • Rep: 528
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
    Gold Topic Start Gold Topic Start : Start a topic with over 10,000 replies.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2021, 09:09:13 AM »
Expand Quote
Expand Quote
Me and my older brother use to play marvel vs capcom. He could beat the game on one quarter. Which was crazy because we never owned it at home. I wasn't as good he was but I had a bad habit of beating an older teen/adult and walking away after I won. I just didn't want to play it for that long, but apparently, it pissed people off. I'm still NOT good at fighting games but understand the mechanics well enough to beat an average person.
[close]

Expand Quote
Marvel VS Capcom was the shit
[close]

We talking MvC 1 or 2 here? So much nostalgia attached to the place, back when you could still smoke indoors and $2 would last you all afternoon. My brother and I spent so much time playing MvC2 and were decent, until we encountered the real pros who were wrecking us with Cable, Magneto, Storm and Sentinel.

Went to a barcade in CA a few years back and it struck me how much money you can quickly dump into those machines. My friends and I were playing the X-Men beat'em up (4 players) and the damage was unforgiving. We were dumping in quarters 3-4 times each per stage.
[close]

Some games were designed to be a quarter sink. Fucking Jurassic park has a part where you just die no matter what.

Fighting games were great because you could beat the system. I knew if I had 1 quarter, i could get like an half hour of street fighter in at the end of the day.

We definitely preferred mvc 2
Ryu, Spider-Man, Wolverine for me

Rogue, Guile, Morrigan / Sentinel depending on how cheap I want to be.

Gun games like Time Crisis 2 were a blast too.


HeavyAndExpensive

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 30
  • Rep: 7
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2021, 12:05:18 PM »
In straight Street Fighter I'm a Ryu/Akuma or Chun-li guy.

If I'm playing MvC, for Capcom I'll use any of my SF characters and Hsien-Ko. Strider is cool too.

For Marvel, I'll use Spiderman/Wolverine/Captain America/Deadpool. I mix my teams up. Never got any good with any of the "top tier" marvel characters.

mushroom slice

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 169
  • Rep: 34
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2021, 08:07:00 AM »
I used to smoke cigarettes in the Bonkers. That place ruled.

rawbertson.

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 5495
  • Rep: 1234
  • yo yo, yo yo yo yo
    • my youtube
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2021, 08:49:56 AM »
https://youtu.be/i-Ton0o38Ho

thats my spot in waterloo, ONtario. i have been to lot of arcades growing up. i have been to japan as well in 2006 and played in most of the famous arcades like Taito Station Harajuku , Akihabara Club Sega, etc.

cant wait to fucking go back, hoping to hit it again this summer. i dindt go while it was re-opened during  our half assed lockdwon cause i felt like it would be irresponsible but fuck that im going back next time shits open.

i met my homeys here 1x a week to play Street Fighter and it was really the thing i needed to keep my mental health in check. i am trying to do skating now as a replacement but a lot more things have to fall in to place for skateboarding to happen. really miss this shit.
ONTARIO CANADA

Willie

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3221
  • Rep: 211
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2021, 10:13:53 AM »
One of those ďRound 1Ē places opened in Philly right before the pandemic and they had a little annex with Japanese style sit down cabinets with a bunch of fighters and bullet hell shooters. I spent 40 minutes playing against some dude on SSF2 Turbo like it was 1995 again. It was great.


I spent countless hours in arcades as a kid. I remember dark and smoky ones like Aladdinís Castle at the local mall, mini golf places, 7/11s with mini game rooms, heated fighting game scenes downtown at Spaceport and others when I was older.

I really liked side scrolling action games like Rolling Thunder, Robocop, ESWAT, etc. but when fighting games came around they were my obsession. SF2, SF3, Darkstalkers, and all of the SNK stuff. I could also beat Time Crisis 2 on a quarter and get halfway through TC3.


Those Barcades too often have broken controls and no one seems to care. I did however finally beat Strider in one.

A few years ago I was with the family at Hershey Park and they have one arcade there with a bunch of classics. I finally beat Shinobi in the arcade at the age of 43. My kids blew through $20 on bullshit ticket collection games in the time I spent for .25 cents.

I guess thatís why arcades closed.

Mesteezo

  • Trade Count: (+6)
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 644
  • Rep: 113
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2021, 04:29:53 PM »
Golfland and Nickelcity. If you know you know.

Fongstarr.

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 10747
  • Rep: 161
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
    Bronze Topic Start Bronze Topic Start : Start a topic with over 1,000 replies.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2021, 05:52:56 PM »
Ninja Turtles and Simpsons were a huge favorite of mine growing up. Spent a crap load of coins beating that game and when you win, you just want to play again the next time you see the game. Daytona USA was fun too. Then when fighting games came out, everyone went in order from Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, Tekken, etc. I sort of want one of those mini arcades but then I'd never play it since I can just do that on a PS4 or something.
I'll fuckin
I'll fuckin
sew your asshole closed, and keep feedin you
and feedin you, and feedin you, and feedin you!

rocklobster

  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 5941
  • Rep: 528
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
    Gold Topic Start Gold Topic Start : Start a topic with over 10,000 replies.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2021, 07:51:24 PM »
https://youtu.be/i-Ton0o38Ho

thats my spot in waterloo, ONtario. i have been to lot of arcades growing up. i have been to japan as well in 2006 and played in most of the famous arcades like Taito Station Harajuku , Akihabara Club Sega, etc.

cant wait to fucking go back, hoping to hit it again this summer. i dindt go while it was re-opened during  our half assed lockdwon cause i felt like it would be irresponsible but fuck that im going back next time shits open.

i met my homeys here 1x a week to play Street Fighter and it was really the thing i needed to keep my mental health in check. i am trying to do skating now as a replacement but a lot more things have to fall in to place for skateboarding to happen. really miss this shit.

File that under videos you can smell.

Late 1990s was a great time to be an arcade gamer. Sprites were getting bigger and more colorful, I'd never touch DnD outside of this video game, which they have ported to PC if you're looking to relive some quarter munching:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqbtHFxU7ZE

Capcom and SNK really had their arcade systems mastered; creating some of the best looking fighters like Red Earth and Fatal Fury Mark of the Wolves.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcmqMpeYzPw

Cthulhu!

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 2867
  • Rep: 371
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2021, 06:55:15 PM »
I was deep into fighting games back then. As much as we all liked Street Fighter , my friends and I were deadly serious about King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown. I also loved the shoot em/bullet hell stuff. I once spent I don't know how many hours trying to beat a Metal Slug game with one credit. I made it to the last boss...
There is actually an arcade, 10 minutes away from me. I don't know why I haven't gone.

rocklobster

  • Trade Count: (+7)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 5941
  • Rep: 528
  • SLAP OG SLAP OG : Been around since SLAP was a mag.
    Gold Topic Start Gold Topic Start : Start a topic with over 10,000 replies.
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2021, 07:02:23 PM »
I once spent I don't know how many hours trying to beat a Metal Slug game with one credit. I made it to the last boss...

Some god-tier skills needed to make it that far on a single credit. Loved how Metal Slug cranked up the wackiness with each instalment - aliens, zombies, new aliens, KoF fighters

Virtua Tennis is loads of fun too; a good player will have you zipping all over the court on return before lobbing the ball just over the net to fuck with you.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned DDR yet, flash in the pan success of the 2000s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suDT0bNrRiw

TwisT

  • Trade Count: (+1)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 3830
  • Rep: 202
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2021, 06:28:38 AM »
Expand Quote
I once spent I don't know how many hours trying to beat a Metal Slug game with one credit. I made it to the last boss...
[close]

Some god-tier skills needed to make it that far on a single credit. Loved how Metal Slug cranked up the wackiness with each instalment - aliens, zombies, new aliens, KoF fighters

Virtua Tennis is loads of fun too; a good player will have you zipping all over the court on return before lobbing the ball just over the net to fuck with you.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned DDR yet, flash in the pan success of the 2000s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suDT0bNrRiw

I'll watch that DDR video later, I'd love to know what the conclusion to the primise.

From my local, the new hotness is dance rush stardom. I went there once and there were a crew with fucking water bottles, sweatbands and gym bags just camped out at the cabinet. definitely more fun and accessible than DDR IMO. Also, even the low-rank modes are a good workout.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3ZsHcaaIz4

HeavyAndExpensive

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 30
  • Rep: 7
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2021, 08:15:21 AM »
Expand Quote
I once spent I don't know how many hours trying to beat a Metal Slug game with one credit. I made it to the last boss...
[close]


Virtua Tennis is loads of fun too; a good player will have you zipping all over the court on return before lobbing the ball just over the net to fuck with you.


Totally forgot about Virtua Tennis, that game is the shit. Didn't they make a port of it for Sega Dreamcast? Speaking of which - Crazy Taxi was ported to DC and was also and amazing arcade game.

skateboardnorth

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • SLAP Pal
  • ******
  • Posts: 1094
  • Rep: 6
Re: Arcades!
« Reply #29 on: May 10, 2021, 04:50:37 PM »
This was also a fun one to play against friends.