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What would you put in YOUR Arcade?

Neave Pacman buttonNeave Pacman button For the next episode of the podcast, I would like to get some feedback from our members. My question is - Which three arcade games would you put in your own arcade? Let's stick to just video-based games for this one. Pick three. If you have to go higher, limit it to five. Send me an e-mail with your picks. Don't post them here! I'll compile a list of them and try to talk briefly about each one in the next episode.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: You Got Lucky (1982)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: You Got Lucky (1982)A few days ago I posted about the music that you remember from back in arcades "Golden Age" and I got to talking about it with a friend. He immediately started jotting down a list of music that he remembers blaring out in the arcades back in the day. I was interested to see what he was going to come up with because the few songs he mentioned (which were great songs) I didn't have on my list.. and that's basically why I did the post in the first place.. to create the ultimate arcade era play list.

While he was recalling songs to add to his top 10 list he said, "Hey, remember the video to Tom Petty's: You Got Lucky?". It had been so long ago that I'd forgotten about it.. but now, thanks to the wonders of YouTube, we can all view Tom Petty's vision of a post-apocalyptic world that has discarded the technologies of yesteryear.

It's a great song and a great video, dating all the way back to 1982 (28 years ago on Oct 22nd). It's just a shame that Tom took some vengeance out on a Stern Electronic's Astro Invader cabinet which, at the time, was a mere two years old.

My, how time flies..

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Chip Hageman's picture

What's the soundtrack to your arcade life?

ArcadeBack in the late 70's and early to mid 80's, arcades were the place to be. It was a time when there was a noticeable difference between what could be played in public and what you were playing at home. Once consoles and computers started to match the power and complexity of their arcade counterparts, there just wasn't a reason to pry your butt off the couch to get your video game fix.

It's sad really.. because there was a magic to the classic arcades.. a social dynamic that has been lost. Sure, some arcades still exist but they aren't the same- most are just a mess of dancing games, guitar games and redemption machines. And you might say that online multiplayer games with TeamSpeak adequately fill the void left by the arcades.. but I would argue against that. The spectators, high scores, trash talking, lining your quarters up on the marquee, the soda stained floors, the deafening din of the machines, and the music.. oh, the music. It was the soundtrack for your life.

What was the soundtrack for your "arcade" life?

Matt Barton's picture

Fun Pixel "Fireworks" Breakout Flash Game

Here's a fun Breakout Flash game that uses individual pixels as "bullets." Simply knock a few loose, and they become extra balls for your paddle. Pretty soon the screen fills up with wonderful colors. Nice take on the classic arcade hit. Via Boing Boing.

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Funspot and Clark's Trading Post (NH) - Photos of Vintage Tech (arcade machines, typewriters, etc.)

For those interested, I have posted some photos from Funspot and Clark's Trading Post in New Hampshire from an August 2009 vacation, focusing on cool vintage technology, including classic typewriters and of course, arcade machines. For my own organizational convenience, I have also included the photos and videos from The Musee Mecanique in San Francisco from March 2009 in the same set.

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New Zizzle Atari Home Pinball Machine

The Pinball Blog has a short write-up on an apparently new home pinball machine from Zizzle, this time with a classic Atari theme. It looks great, and by my calculations, will be their third generation product. If you remember, I have the first generation model, shown in the photo at the bottom of this blog post. The second generation added a few minor improvements, including more environmental lighting. Both models sold for between $100 - $500 depending upon when and where you were able to score one.

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The original Rock Game: Asteroids!

EDGE Magazine has posted a neat article called The Making of Asteroids. The article features quotations from Ed Logg. There are also design sketches and other materials you won't want to miss if you're a fan of the game.

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Space Aliens

Space Aliens: Geek Haven in St. CloudSpace Aliens: Geek Haven in St. CloudHi, guys. I've been talking to a reporter from the St. Cloud Times about Woot, and he decided that we should do a photo shoot at a local restaurant named Space Aliens. This is a very cool establishment; pretty much a must-see for true geeks, sci-fi fans, and, above all, gamers. Although it seems to be focused mostly on kids, there is stuff here for adults, including a bar made up to look like the Cantina Bar from Star Wars--and there are those touch-screen arcade games to keep you entertained while you wait for ribs. Overall, it's a nice place, and I wanted to post about it so you can see what you're missing! (As of yet, there are only 8 locations.) Needless to say, I prefer this place to Chuck E. Cheese, though Gameworks is a very solid competitor (they have one of those in Minneapolis, but it's at least an hour and half drive there).

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Seeming Steal of a Deal for a Midway TouchMaster 4000 Countertop Touch Screen Arcade Machine

Well, file this one under possibly too-good-to-be-true, but I apparently just bought on eBay a used - but seemingly in great shape - Midway TouchMaster 4000 Countertop Touch Screen Arcade Machine for about $200 shipped (it has no bill acceptor - this is set to free play). While I was reserving the space on one of my end tables for a real skill stop slot machine, for what is ultimately less than that would have cost shipped, I have this: . Stunning. The seller has 100% feedback (it's an arcade supplier) and I conducted the purchase through eBay and Paypal, so I'm 100% protected as well just in case. Hopefully this is not only a win-win, but a win-win-win. Between this and the joy I'm getting out of my new (refurb, arrived yesterday) white iPhone Touch 16GB - which itself is almost a total pleasure after much tweaking (with some still left) - I've been on a personal technology roll. I'll try to blog about the machine after it comes. I'll also leave open the possibility that my wife will be upset with me, as I didn't get a chance to get her approval on this before pulling the trigger, but the plus side is we could easily sell this for much more than we paid if she insisted (we have to get new garage doors, family dental work, etc., so I'd certainly understand).

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Rare vintage pinball videos from the The Musee Mecanique in San Francisco

Luckily, on the last day of our San Francisco trip devoted to filming amazing interviews for the feature film, "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution", Matt and I had a chance to visit the The Museum of the City of San Francisco, The Musee Mecanique. Among the great stuff there were two vintage pinball machines in really great shape. It's amazing how different they are from modern pinball machines that began to appear in the 1970s! Check out the casual videos below:

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