The nostalgic "Arcades in the 1990's" thread.

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  • Razz 5 Dec 2012 14:12:08 61,290 posts
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    My back is starting to give, my sight isn't what it once was, and my muscles ache so I'm in a nostalgic mood today... The SoR article on the front page made me think of the old days.

    For me, the 1990s really was the hey day for Arcade Games! I used to love popping down to my local namco after school for a few hours of Mortal Kombat, Daytona and Simpsons Arcade. Easily my 3 favorite games from the time, but special mentions to Die Hard Arcade and Jurassic Park for shooting a pooing dinosaur in the arse.

    What's your favorite game from the era? Any photos or stores you can share?

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  • Cappy 5 Dec 2012 14:18:01 11,972 posts
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    The arcades were already a shadow of their former selves by the 90s. A deluge of fighting games, beat em' ups, mainly designed around coin gobbling drove out everything of interest.
  • Khanivor 5 Dec 2012 14:20:24 40,865 posts
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    Smash TV and Super Sprint were two big favorites of mine
  • Razz 5 Dec 2012 14:21:42 61,290 posts
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    Cappy wrote:
    The arcades were already a shadow of their former selves by the 90s. A deluge of fighting games, beat em' ups, mainly designed around coin gobbling drove out everything of interest.
    I've always felt this way. That I came in the fray in the arcade gaming's last hurrah. I'm sure I went to some places with my Dad in the 80's but I was too young to appreciate it. :(

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  • Paulie_P 5 Dec 2012 14:25:48 415 posts
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    I always loved Final Fight in the arcades. Also probably not the 90s but there was a town in Wexford I used to go to for holidays called Court Town, it had this tiny arcade with Wonder Boy, Ghosts n Goblins (or was it Ghouls n Ghosts?), Pac-man, Pac-Land and this game where a guy got turned into a Gorilla at the start which I can't remember the name of.

    Around the corner from it was another wee amusement park which had Final Fight, Aliens, and this skill game called Hickory Dickory Doc (me and my sister got so good at it we cleaned out the machine). Good times!
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  • billythekid 5 Dec 2012 14:29:43 11,156 posts
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    Mad Dog Mcree cost me a lot of pocket money, I thought it was amazing at the time.
  • thedaveeyres 5 Dec 2012 14:30:04 11,161 posts
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    I was more of an eighties arcader, but I've got fond memories of the early nineties big hitters like the SFII and Virtua *everything* though.

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  • smoothpete 5 Dec 2012 14:31:04 31,536 posts
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    Do you remember Sunset Riders? Awesome game.
  • kalel 5 Dec 2012 14:31:59 87,933 posts
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    The 90s thing was a bit different to the 80s thing. The 80s was more about a certain style of game, and high scores and experts and crash screens and all that. For me it was also really the only place where I got to play real gamer games, as I never had a NES or anything, just a Spectrum and text adventures and that kind of thing. Playing things like Outrun in the arcade was a totally different experience to home.

    Then the 90s was more about gimmicks - guns and wheels and 3D games like Virtua Racing and all that kind of thing.

    I have fond memories of both, but when someone says "arcade gaming" I tend to picture the 80s.
  • L_Franko Moderator 5 Dec 2012 14:32:00 9,694 posts
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    Khanivor wrote:
    Smash TV and Super Sprint were two big favorites of mine
    I remember the first time I saw Smash tv, it was amazing.
    I went over a friends house and his older brother had just got a Snes with it and I spent the whole evening watching and taking it in turns. Brilliant times.

    Once I got home I put in a request for a Snes for that Christmas but I was sure it was a bit of a high ask so I settled back into my Master System and tried to forget.
    Indeed I was right and the parents didn't get me a Snes so I sucked it up and got on with what I had. I then went to visit the Grandparents and they came through \0/
    It was pretty much impossible for life to have gotten any better that day.
  • LeoliansBro 5 Dec 2012 14:32:04 44,429 posts
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    DAYTONA! Let's go away!

    GENTLEMEN. START YOUR ENGINES.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • kalel 5 Dec 2012 14:33:23 87,933 posts
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    But yes, sorry, 90s. Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight all the way. Then later Time Crisis.
  • smoothpete 5 Dec 2012 14:33:26 31,536 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    Mad Dog Mcree cost me a lot of pocket money, I thought it was amazing at the time.
    Mad Dog Mcree was a quid hungry bastard. You'd put a pound in and MAYBE get one minute before you were killed.
  • Deckard1 5 Dec 2012 14:35:23 28,268 posts
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    The Turtles arcade game was the bomb.
  • Razz 5 Dec 2012 14:36:45 61,290 posts
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    smoothpete wrote:
    Do you remember Sunset Riders? Awesome game.
    I still play this game on gaming nights :) Brilliant music. Still can't make it past the Train stage :(

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  • Deckard1 5 Dec 2012 14:37:06 28,268 posts
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    Oh my god and this. I spent a whole 2 weeks holiday on some greek island playing this bad boy.

  • smoothpete 5 Dec 2012 14:38:05 31,536 posts
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    Now I look back on it, the legion of doom were some kinky dudes
  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 14:39:29
    What Kal said. Arcades for me were always seaside haunts, filled with penny falls and knackered old pinball machines, interspersed with the odd copy of Space Harrier, Super Hang On, Afterburner or sit-down RotJ cabs.

    I started going to a bowling alley when I started college in '93, it was all VF2, Tekken, NeoGeo and that immense Galaxian 3 machine. They even had a Ridge Racer cab (the one with fans and a convertable MX5) but it was 5 a pop! :-D
  • RobTheBuilder 5 Dec 2012 14:42:30 6,521 posts
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    Nothing says arcade to me quite a sit down Enduro Racer cabinet where you pulled back to jump.

    That was the first arcade game that ever truly made me look for it everywhere I went.

    Daytona and ridge racer were for me the last two major arcade moments. Though outrun 2 might be called a last hurrah
  • RobTheBuilder 5 Dec 2012 14:43:15 6,521 posts
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    @Rhythm I loved that mx5 ridge racer!
  • SFD 5 Dec 2012 14:45:12 498 posts
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    Used to love track and field back in the day. Final fight stands out because of the amazing music, with daytonaaaaaaaa in the background. Also have fond memories of some Michael Jackson game with a monkey and you turned into some robot or something... Or did I just dream this up back in the day?

    I went to the coast last year hoping to get high on nostalgia, but every arcade is just loaded with slot machines now.

    R.I.P

    Edited by SFD at 14:47:44 05-12-2012
  • billythekid 5 Dec 2012 14:46:03 11,156 posts
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    Any of the racing games were probably the one's that I'd run over to first.
    Manx TT Superbike, Enduro racer, Sega rally, Daytona.
  • billythekid 5 Dec 2012 14:47:14 11,156 posts
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    Loved these things too!
  • TechnoHippy 5 Dec 2012 14:47:47 14,718 posts
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    The first star wars game for me. The trench run was ace.

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  • MrTomFTW Moderator 5 Dec 2012 14:50:02 38,376 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Oh my god and this. I spent a whole 2 weeks holiday on some greek island playing this bad boy.

    They remade that for iOS this year. Only they redid the graphics, replaced some of the old dudes with current stars and the touch screen controls are poor.

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  • thedaveeyres 5 Dec 2012 14:50:03 11,161 posts
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    Growing up in a seaside town, I fondly recall the feeling of literally having an entire arcade to yourself on a wet early evening in the off-season. The smell... the lights... the sounds... the games... all just for you.

    "Dad, please can I have another pound? Pleeeaaassseeee?" At 20p a pop (prices had recently scandalously doubled from 10p) that was an hours entertainment.

    Edited by thedaveeyres at 14:50:34 05-12-2012

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  • Deleted user 5 December 2012 14:50:07
    1970's/80's arcade nostalgia here :)
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