Name That Arcade Game - Namco Edition (video)

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Bill Loguidice presents a quick game of "Name That Arcade Game", featuring Namco's Japanese Dotgraph arcade toys. Listen to the toy play the sound sample, pause the video, then try to guess the game before resuming the video and getting your answer.

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Bill Loguidice
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Well, the first experiment

Well, the first experiment with the new video software was a success, though there was lots of unnecessary conversion of the source video. These should improve over time when I have more time to work with captured footage and green screen stuff...

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Matt Barton
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Fun! I didn't recognize many

Fun! I didn't recognize many of them, though. I don't think I've even heard of that Druaga game until now. Looked it up--reminds me just a bit of Gauntlet.

Nice work!

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Fun! I didn't recognize many of them, though. I don't think I've even heard of that Druaga game until now. Looked it up--reminds me just a bit of Gauntlet.

Nice work!

Yeah, there's a reason why you're not familiar with Druaga. Not one of Namco's greats, plus it came out at an awkward time in 1984. It was definitely an interesting selection they chose for the toys.

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My results

Hey, I didn't do too bad. I knew 4 out of 6.

I failed at the second and third. I should've known Number 3, dammit.

Mark Vergeer
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Cool video Bill, nice quizz

I knew 4 out of 6 as well, just like Flare mentions above. Cool toys they are. Looking forward to some more videos.

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bought um

Had to have um after seeing this, pretty neat, but one didnt work :( guess it needs a new battery. Was worried they all had Dig Dug on side, but was the 6 different ones. I wonder waht the 2 special ones are? I see in the adds there seems to be a different Dig Dug and Galaxian (dig dug has different backdrop and Galaxian has differnt pieces) for the "rare" ones.

Bill Loguidice
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You may to jiggle it a bit

You may to jiggle it a bit to get it work. I know one of mine I thought didn't work, but a bit of fiddling and it works great now.

I have the alternate Dig Dug. Not sure if I have the alternate Galaxian as it's hard to tell. The only distinguishing characteristic is a different paper backdrop.

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Rowdy Rob
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What are these Dotgraph toys?

For the record, I missed on the first and second ones. I correctly guessed the other ones. I suspect number four might have thrown some people off, since it apparently wasn't that big here in the states, but I played it fairly extensively. I'm embarrassed that I missed number one! No apologies for missing number two, though... I'm not sure I ever heard of that game.

So, just what are these "Dotgraph" toys anyway? Are they interactive in any way, or are they just decorations that play game music snippets when you push the button? The holes in the display look quite odd... what are they there for?

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The only interaction if you

The only interaction if you want to call it that is placing the pieces in any of the holes you wish.

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