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Even though the age of arcades is long gone -- and probably never coming back -- I still have fond memories of spending almost all of my time in one. I learned how to play Street Fighter in an arcade, I learned how to make friends in an arcade, and I had my first kiss in an arcade. But as I got older they all started to disappear from my town.
But in the winter of 2014, one opened up (it closed last November, unfortunately) and I spent almost every night there. And after a short conversation with @TurtleyTurtles about DDR, it made me think about my all-time favorite arcade game.
Even though I love playing fighting games -- in an arcade and at home -- I absolutely fell in love with the Initial D arcade game my local arcade got their hands on. It wasn't localized for the West, so almost everything was in Japanese but it was easy to figure out how to play and what tracks to choose.
And fortunately, I have this picture of myself playing the game when I was still a human with long hair and a watch (I wonder where that went). But I remember coming into the arcade at the same time every week just to see if I could beat the times set by other people (I did). I even joined tournaments that the arcade held for the game (I got 2nd place, still bitter about that).
But the best part of this driving game is that the wheel spun like an actual wheel on a car. I mean, you know when you play racing games in arcades the wheel gets stuck at a certain part and you can turn it all the way to the left or the right in the same way you can in a real card? It didn't suffer from that. The wheel even had a little bit of force-feedback so every car in the game felt different from the last one you drove.
Back then, there was nothing more exhilarating than fake drifting around corners without worrying about crashing or dying in a horrible accident. I still remember the hours my best friend and I would spend in there trying to beat each other's times. It was fun amazing. And if I ever get a chance to go to Japan, I'll be looking for this cabinet as soon as I get to one of their arcades. Even now, I still dream about playing it.
But what are your guys' favorite arcade games? Or are you all too young to know what an arcade is? Let me know in the comments!
Metal slug 3 I believe its called I played that a lot
when I was much much younger it was definitely the car racing games I mean... obsessed, especially the motorcycle ones with an actual "cycle" to sit on... bad ass much? Anyways about 6 years ago I went to an arcade and someone had taken that concept and turned it into a very realistic horse riding game and, me being a horse rider, absolutely went crazy. I mean I actually spent hours hogging this game. I wish I remembered the exact name but I want it installed in my house.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - the old arcade beat em up
I really enjoyed reading this. 馃槉 While I loved the DDR games for all the reasons we had talked about, I wasn't great at it, so never got to do the 3 stages for one price. So it's not my favorite. I also LOVED when they put in a bunch of Mario Kart machines at the local arcade and fun center, called Boondocks. We would spend so much time and money on going back and forth between DDR and Mario Kart! But my most favorite arcade game was an off-road game that my family and I played at a laundromat when I was little. It had a steering wheel, a shifter, and gas and brake pedals, but you didn't sit down. It was a standing racing game, but you weren't racing street cars on asphalt, you were doing giant jumps off of dirt mounds, crushing small cars, and driving far, far off the road. The family that owned that laundromat was smart. They put the arcade games right next to the change machines, that way they would reel you in. We had a choice, usually between some pinball, (like Mars Attacks and/or Twister), a Space Invaders/Mrs. Pacman game, and the off road game. My mom and I always went straight for the off road, while my step dad would always rock the pinball games. I'm pretty sure those machines are still there, all except for my favorite. 馃槙
all of those marvel VS capcom and marvel VS streetfighter games! my God I loved all those arcade figting games from soul caliber to tekken. Playing at the movie theater arcades to playing in the laundry place or simply going to a ARCADE! hahahah good times good times
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