Ah, yes, video games. I used to play those a little. (Stop snickering, Schmuck.) Truth be told, I practically lived in the arcade for a couple of years.
How many quarters did I plunk down into the belly of a video monster? You know those little old ladies that feed the slot machines in Vegas? Amateurs.
To make a combo shot and explain both how nerdy I
am was am and just how… um, actually that’s it… I tell of the time a couple of friends and I spent the entire night hopped up on Mountain Dew, going around to every Asteroids game in the city of Bangor in order to get the top score and proudly leaving as my initials: WHY.
When I became gainfully employed (“You want fries with that?”), the closing crew used to head to Friendly’s (which replaced the unfortunately-named Sambo’s) for coffee, but not without stopping at a convenience store to play Robotron or Joust for a bit. Remember when convenience stores and restaurants had arcade games to encourage young loiterers? Good times.
This flood of “gosh I really didn’t need to know that” brought to you by Michele and her Video Hall of Fame, Category 1: Coin-Op Games. Go make a nomination or vote or something. See the History of Arcade Games or the Killer List of Video Games for reference.
I’m going to go see if I have any Mountain Dew and Skittles in the house.
UPDATE: Ooh, I found an even better arcade history site at The Dot Eaters!
UPDATE 2: They have sound samples, too! w00t! Chicken! Fight Like a Robot
UPDATE 3: Time to vote! She’s split the games up into categories. So, the first poll is for the older, vector graphics games–Asteroids, Tempest, Defender, Battlezone and Tron.