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Bill Loguidice
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Paradroid
GeneralDebacle wrote:

Tough one. Play regularly would be the key thing here, and if I have an old game on my machine, it is usually played until finished and then removed.

I assume you mean something you can put down, and pick up on a casual basis. Mine is an emulated C64 game Paradroid. Insanely challenging but brilliant fun.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/paradroid

I still own Paradroid, though I no longer have the packaging I think. I remember getting into it briefly, but not necessarily falling in love with it. I may have to give that sucker another try.

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Paradroid on the C64 is a true classic!

I remember playing it a lot. Also got it for the Wii and have the original for the c64 as well. How come I sometimes buy a game thrice?

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Paradroid
retroc64 wrote:

My question to the group.

What are your oldest (release date) retro games you find yourself going back to or playing regularly?

Tough one. Play regularly would be the key thing here, and if I have an old game on my machine, it is usually played until finished and then removed.

I assume you mean something you can put down, and pick up on a casual basis. Mine is an emulated C64 game Paradroid. Insanely challenging but brilliant fun.

http://www.mobygames.com/game/paradroid

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Yesterday - Gladiator arcade game and MST3K

Not much doing game-wise yesterday, but after working out with the family, I fired up the arcade machine for a quick round of gaming. The day before we played "Circus Charlie" because my oldest daughter was playing it a bit on the Konami collection for Nintendo DS. It was actually more enjoyable than usual and we got fairly far in what's a generally very difficult game. Anyway, yesterday I fired up Gladiator, a 1986 arcade game from Taito, because my youngest daughter was messing with the joysticks on the arcade machine and ending up getting the menu to the g's.

Check it out here, including a self-running clip of the game in action: http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7950

Despite the jerky animation, the basic play mechanic is very cool. Essentially you're this gladiator who moves to the right and you use the joystick up and down to place your shield in either the high, middle or low position. You then have three buttons to swing your sword in the high, middle or low position. In this manner you can do some fairly complex fighting techniques, but in a thoroughly logical and enjoyable manner (no rotate joystick, press up, then down, then two buttons nonsense). I like how depending upon where you're hit or where you hit an enemy, a different piece of armor gets knocked off. Walking the hallways is more fun than the one-on-one combat parts which can get tricky, but this is a game that flies under the radar that really begs for a modern update done in the same style. The mechanics are that good. If you have MAME, I suggest you try it out, though of course having access to some type of arcade controls is recommended.

Later on in the evening I fired up Netflix on the Xbox 360 again and watched most of "The Film Crew: Killers from Space (2007)" http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Film_Crew_Killers_from_Space/70071888... .

Who are "The Film Crew" you ask? None other than the three former leads from the final years of Mystery Science Theater 3000. They do the same exact thing here, except with no silhouette. I enjoyed it and it's the next best thing to having MST3K itself back. I'll be watching some of the others too!

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Lol, my mother-in-law was

Lol, my mother-in-law was crazy about Bookworm, so I showed it to my grandparents and now both of them are hooked. It is a fun game.

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Elise and I both love Zuma and quite a few others....

We are enjoying Zuma and Luxor 2 on the 360, both Elise and I have Zuma on our computers as well. It sits on the laptop I take with me on my travels and I play it quite often.
Bookworm is also a game of the same producer that gets played a lot, especially by my mom. I don't like Bookworm 2 that much although it introduced some RPG elements to the game.
Elise has been quite fanatic about Jewel Quest - she even made it up to the first 600 players on the world on the 360 - her rank probably dropped because she hasn't played in quite a while. We need a 2nd 360 in the living room with my spare 20Gb drive fitted.

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Rotation games
Rowdy Rob wrote:

I downloaded the demo for "Luxor 3" for the PC and played it for a short while. I loved the original Luxor, a pastime game with much in common with "Zuma." Short review: addictive, fast-paced gameplay, great 2D graphics, very appropriate pulse-pounding Egyptian-themed music, and simple but challenging controls.
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My wife and I love Zuma and Luxor 2 on the Xbox 360. I put a demo copy of Zuma on my arcade machine in hopes of using the spinner with it, but it's not full compatible, though the trackball works well.

I hope to get a chance to Luxor 3, but based on your impressions, I imagine I'd be happier sticking with Luxor 2!

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I played a game tonight (briefly)

I downloaded the demo for "Luxor 3" for the PC and played it for a short while. I loved the original Luxor, a pastime game with much in common with "Zuma." Short review: addictive, fast-paced gameplay, great 2D graphics, very appropriate pulse-pounding Egyptian-themed music, and simple but challenging controls.

My initial impressions of "Luxor 3" are not as favorable as the original, however. There's a cool simplicity about the original's gameplay, but "Luxor 3" adds too much weird stuff to "enhance" the game: puzzles, strange power-ups, unusual levels, etc. The graphics are very cool, but the game appears to be "overdone."

I purchased the original "Luxor," a low-priced budget game, and it was super-fun for a while until I beat it. "Luxor 3" seems less so, at least initially. I still might buy it, though.

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Black Friday Deals for Consoles
Matt Barton wrote:

Are there any good Black Friday deals for the Xbox 360?

Other than the ones I posted here on AA at Dell and TigerDirect.com (http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/2173), I doubt it. The best deals really are paying pretty much the same price as you would anywhere, just with a few extra games thrown in. Same for any other console really.

If you went with a Wii or 360, I'd budget around $350 - $400 for an inclusive and reasonably loaded system, whereas for a PS3, I'd go about $100 more. Of course that all depends on how you trick it out - VGA cable, extra controller, wireless networking, etc. You can certainly get away much cheaper if you stick with the basics.

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

All Atarisoft Nintendo Licenses ranging from 1981 to 1984 or something like that. I find myself going back to these quite often. Just for a quick spin. I guess I am more of a casual arcade gamer these days.

That's a tough question to answer, "what's the oldest classic gaming you play regularly". I guess I'm like you Mark in that I mostly play the old arcade games regularly. I think a big part of this though is the convenience of my MAME arcade machine in the basement. When my wife and I work out downstairs with the girls, it's very easy to play a few games on the arcade machine.

If it were quick to simply whip out my C-64, Apple II or any of my hundreds of other retro systems, I'd certainly be playing those, but lack of time and wanting to play all the new stuff there really isn't the time to be "casual" with them on a regular basis.

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