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"Throwback Arcade!!" - discuss
Comic Type: The Zapper! | Posted: Friday February 12th, 2010 by Woody - [ Size: 600x450 ]
About a week ago I was driving home taking using a route I haven't been on in a few months due to construction. I saw a lot of new businesses and then I spotted something I haven't seen in years, a sign saying "Arcade Open" I do a double take and sure enough there is a marqee that says Aracde in bright red letters.

My inner child went "EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!" and go take a look. I turned around as I pulled into the parking lot I get confirmation, arcade machines standing and glowing brightly. The games are not modern day games! I see Tron and Joust, Mortal Kombat 2 and Killer Instinct, old school full sized cockpit flying games, Pac-Man tables, and plenty of others. The icing on the cake was a wall full of 20+ pinball machines

I walk in and am greeted by those wonderful sounds of an arcade... 8-bit music, constant noise, the dinging of pinabll machines! It was like I took a step back 20+ years. I am reminded of feeding five dollar bills into the token machines and playing until I run out, then having to chose between lunch and another 5 bucks of games. Needless to say most of the time I went hungry...

I am greeted by an old guy wearing a tool belt behind the prize counter you pass through. He has a few games popped open behind him he is restoring, in a few cases multiple ones of each using parts to repair a single machine. I pull out the wallet to make change for a few 5's and find out the arcade doesn't work that way. $10 for an hour, $20 bucks stay as long as you like. All the games except the pinball machines are set as Free to Play!!

I gladly hand over a 10 and get a few bucks in quarters. He hands me a badge and puts a number on it, they check the board every 15 minutes to see who's time is up apparently. I head over to Joust and play a few rounds, I try my hand at Tron next, and finally end up at the Aerosmith Rock'n'Roll shooter game. I get an odd look from some of the others when I am using both guns at once. (Free to Play = Akimbo!!)

Eventually I end up at the game I knew I would spend the most time playing, Killer Instinct. This was the fighting game that took 2d fighters to the next level by introducing combos. Within minutes I have my iPhone resting in front of the controls displaying a website that has all the moves and combos.

It took a bit of time, but before long my hands are moving with an old practiced confidence. Saberwulf's 12 hit combo starts it off, followed Jago's 27 hit Ultra, and finally Black Orchids 42 hitter. Sure I was losing a lot, but I did not care! KI was all about the combos and I didn't have to worry about running out of quarters. It was arcade bliss until I finally felt that tapping on my shoulder, my time was up.

Fortunatly I still had my those quarters from earlier and I headed over to the pinball line. I started out with a bit of classic Kiss pinball, then moved on to the Terminator game, the one where you could unlock mini shooter games played out on the score board. At the third machine I finally got my first multiball of the night and rung up a free game.

Once the last ball slipped past my paddles I knew it was time to go. I was suddenly a few hours behind for the day, but it was well worth the expirence. I haven't gone back since, but I think it is only a matter of time before I am looking up moves and game strats again.

For those of us old enough to remember, I highly suggest looking to see if you have one of these in your area. It was a great time and it has me thinking about calling up some old friends and seeing if they want to spend a weekend afternoon at the Aracde, just like we did so many years ago.

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