Your favorite arcade game of all time?

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#1 Edited by SolidGame_basic (16853 posts) -

I loved em all in general, but I think Virtual Tennis was my favorite. Probably because I was actually not that bad at it.

#2 Edited by Blabadon (25949 posts) -

Golden Axe. A buddy of mine had his own machine back in high school. So many good memories.

#3 Posted by treedoor (7648 posts) -

I'm quite partial to this game

#4 Posted by KBFloYd (13189 posts) -

street fighter 2

#5 Posted by Renegade_Fury (17056 posts) -

Virtual On: Cybertroopers

The arcade version had two joysticks, and you could play one on one against another person sitting on the opposite end of the machine. I was also really big on House of the Dead 2, Virtua Cop, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Crazy Taxi.

#6 Edited by pelvist (4634 posts) -

Double Dragon, me and my Dad put tons of £ in this game every time we went to Skeg Vegas.

Noteworthy mentions: Chase HQ, Ghouls n Ghosts, Robocop, Operation Wolf, Kung-Fu Master.

#7 Posted by ConanTheStoner (4804 posts) -

@pelvist:

Nice man, that was my 2nd most played game in the arcade.

The one game that got most of my quarters was Street Fighter II

#8 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

Either SpyHunter or Golden Axe.

#9 Posted by SolidGame_basic (16853 posts) -

might recognize one of the guys in this video

#10 Posted by cainetao11 (16898 posts) -

Double Dragon, Rush 'n Attack, Discs of Tron, Spy Hunter

#11 Edited by AdobeArtist (22822 posts) -

I would go with Mortal Kombat 1 and 2. When Fatalities ruled!! :)

#12 Posted by 187umKILLAH (1337 posts) -

Golden Axe, I always went the dwarf with the huge axe for some reason.

#13 Posted by Heil68 (43465 posts) -

Mortal Combat

#14 Posted by Alucard_Prime (2743 posts) -

Probably Street Fighter 2 turbo, the first "Sequel" to SF2. The anticipation was huge on release and I remember playing it on a brand new arcade machine. Honorable mentions: Gauntlet, Narc(with the 2 angled side screens),Capcom VS SNK1 & 2, Cadash, and many others I'm sure, tired now I would have to think about it more.

#15 Posted by poptart (6834 posts) -

@AmazonTreeBoa:

Spyhunter was amazing, if only for the steering wheel and soundtrack alone. I'll throw in Chase HQ simply because I could smash the high score on most machines I played. Gauntlet is worthy of a mention - it was one of the first games which felt truly collaborative (as far as I recall at least).

And of course, SF 11

Actually there's heaps.

#16 Edited by Seabas989 (10113 posts) -

Daytona USA followed by SFII Turbo, Virtua Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat II.

#17 Edited by uninspiredcup (7861 posts) -

Street Figher II.

#18 Posted by coasterguy65 (5880 posts) -

Moon Patrol. We had one at the pizza place I worked at. I spent many hours drinking beer and playing that game after we closed for the night.

#19 Edited by Flubbbs (2972 posts) -

Mortal Kombat II.. i dumped so much money playing it when it released in arcade.. i miss those days

#20 Posted by tormentos (17122 posts) -

@pelvist said:

Double Dragon, me and my Dad put tons of £ in this game every time we went to Skeg Vegas.

Noteworthy mentions: Chase HQ, Ghouls n Ghosts, Robocop, Operation Wolf, Kung-Fu Master.

Now your talking games...So many quarters loss so much skipped classes ..hahaha

Kicker.

Black Tiger.

Renegade

Bad dude..

Karate champ.

yie ar kung-fu

Solar warrior.

To many to count really some of my favorites,i am an Arcade fan.

#21 Posted by leandrro (807 posts) -

cruisin usa

i still cant put both hands on the wheel because of this game

#22 Posted by lazerface216 (7495 posts) -

too many to choose. TMNT, hydro thunder, time crisis, the simpsons, mortal kombat, tekken tag tournament, x-men, killer instinct....so many arcade memories. this thread just depresses me that the arcade culture is DEAD.

#23 Edited by Yangire (8787 posts) -

Pop'n Music.

#24 Edited by Jag85 (4396 posts) -

Shmup

  • Space Invaders (1978, Taito 8080-based hardware)
  • Galaga (1981, Namco Galaga)

Rail Shooter

  • Space Harrier (1985, Sega Space Harrier)
  • The House of the Dead III (2002, Sega Chihiro)

Run & Gun Shooter

  • Metal Slug 1-5 (1996-2003, SNK Neo Geo)
  • Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad (1999, SNK Neo Geo)

Hack & Slash

  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land (1987, Sega System 2)
  • Golden Axe (1989, Sega System 16B)

Beat 'Em Up

  • Double Dragon (1987, Taito Licensed hardware)
  • Final Fight (1989, Capcom CPS1)

2D Fighter

  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996, Capcom CPS2)
  • Tatsunoko vs Capcom (2008, Nintendo Wii-based hardware)

3D Fighter

  • Virtua Fighter 4: Final Tuned (2004, Sega Naomi 2)
  • Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection (2005, Namco System 256)

Racing

  • OutRun 2 SP SDX (2006, Sega Lindbergh)
  • Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (2007, Sega Triforce)

Other

  • Pac-Man (1980, Namco Pac-Man)
  • KO Punch (1981, Sega Unique hardware)

#25 Edited by Ballroompirate (22555 posts) -

Killer Instinct followed by Soul Edge.

#26 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3697 posts) -

The UK never had a huge arcade thing like America use to and how Tokyo does(love that city)... With the rare times that I did play on a arcade machine House of the Dead games where always my favourite.

That being said I was playing a mech game against some kids in Shinjuku Tokyo and literaly had to be bribed with sex by my wife in order to leave after spending close to 2 hours there while she was shopping else where. If only I can remember the title of the game :(.

#27 Edited by Jag85 (4396 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

The UK never had a huge arcade thing like America use to and how Tokyo does(love that city)... With the rare times that I did play on a arcade machine House of the Dead games where always my favourite.

That being said I was playing a mech game against some kids in Shinjuku Tokyo and literaly had to be bribed with sex by my wife in order to leave after spending close to 2 hours there while she was shopping else where. If only I can remember the title of the game :(.

I'd have to disagree. I remember arcades being very popular in London back in the 90's. And even in the early 00's, arcades like Trocadero Fun Land (formerly SegaWorld) and Namco Station would still be packed.

#28 Posted by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3697 posts) -

@Jag85 said:

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

The UK never had a huge arcade thing like America use to and how Tokyo does(love that city)... With the rare times that I did play on a arcade machine House of the Dead games where always my favourite.

That being said I was playing a mech game against some kids in Shinjuku Tokyo and literaly had to be bribed with sex by my wife in order to leave after spending close to 2 hours there while she was shopping else where. If only I can remember the title of the game :(.

I'd have to disagree. I remember arcades being very popular in London back in the 90's. And even in the early 00's, arcades like Trocadero Fun Land (formerly SegaWorld) and Namco Station would still be packed.

I have lived in London my whole life and Trocadero doesn't compare never did... Even in its prime to the arcade culture in the US or Japan.

The high majority of people in there where either on the bumper cars or playing pool or air hockey... So many times the actual arcade machines where vacant. Not saying the culture never existed, it did but it was literally one place and the occasional fun fare would bring arcade machines down but most people flocked to the rides.

#29 Posted by nintendoboy16 (26275 posts) -

I didn't play the arcade cabinets of many of these games, rather the emulations on game collections, but...

Mortal Kombat II (Midway Arcade Treasures 2)

Tekken 3 (via Tekken 5; PlayStation version is better though)

Pac-Man/Ms. Pac-Man (arcade machines and Namco Museum)

Gauntlet II (Midway Arcade Treasures 2)

Donkey Kong (why Nintendo won't put this version on VC is beyond me, thank Rare for DK64)

Star Wars (via Rogue Squadron III)

#30 Posted by AzatiS (7281 posts) -

@SolidGame_basic: Omg you taking me back !! Oh boy what great memories...

So i start

1) Street Fighter 2

2) Tekken 2

3) Tekken 3

4) Raiden 2

5) Virtua Striker 2

6) Super Sidekicks

7) Sega Rally 2

8) Pac-man/Tetris

9) Metal SLug / X

10) SunSet Riders

11) Street Hoop

12) OutRun

#31 Edited by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

@Jag85 said:

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

The UK never had a huge arcade thing like America use to and how Tokyo does(love that city)... With the rare times that I did play on a arcade machine House of the Dead games where always my favourite.

That being said I was playing a mech game against some kids in Shinjuku Tokyo and literaly had to be bribed with sex by my wife in order to leave after spending close to 2 hours there while she was shopping else where. If only I can remember the title of the game :(.

I'd have to disagree. I remember arcades being very popular in London back in the 90's. And even in the early 00's, arcades like Trocadero Fun Land (formerly SegaWorld) and Namco Station would still be packed.

I have lived in London my whole life and Trocadero doesn't compare never did... Even in its prime to the arcade culture in the US or Japan.

The high majority of people in there where either on the bumper cars or playing pool or air hockey... So many times the actual arcade machines where vacant. Not saying the culture never existed, it did but it was literally one place and the occasional fun fare would bring arcade machines down but most people flocked to the rides.

this thread is kinda late for you... otherwise I could've helped you out. But there was an arcade community in London with cabs at a place next to CEX/Computer exchange on whitfield and tottenham known as The Casino. maybe this is common knowledge... but I only knew about it because I trade/buy/sell arcade boards with a bunch of dudes who used to frequent there. I'm actually from Chicago.

before they closed down in 2013, this is what they had:

Ground floor:

Progear

Basement:

Strikers 1999

And a 39-in-1 with retro shooters/games. Has a four way stick.

Ms Pacman, Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, DK Junior, DK 3, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Crush Roller, Mr Do, Space Invaders, Pacman, Galaga 3, Gyruss, Tank Battalion, 1942, Lady Bug, Burger Time, Mappy, Centipede, Milipede, JR Pacman, Pengo, Phoenix, Time Pilot, Super Cobra, Hustler, Space Panic, Super Breakout, New Rally X, Arkanoid, Qix, Juno First, Xevious, Mr Do's Castle, Moon Cresta, Pinball Action, Scramble and Super Pacman

Also there's many classic beat-‘em-ups in dedicated cabs, plus Tekken 6, Blaz Blue and six linked Street Fighter IV cabs.[/spoiler]

I always used to be pretty jealous too, because some of them would snag CAVE arcade boards ($1500-2000..) as soon as they released and they'd often have 'em there. I remember when DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu released in 2012, they had a board there in London.

still doesn't compare to the galloping ghost arcade we have here in Chicago :)

fulling functioning on the floor:

1942

1943

Aero Fighters

Aero Fighters 2

Aero Fighters 3

After Burner II

Air Buster

Alcon

Aliens

Alien Storm

Alien Syndrome

Alien vs Predator

Altered Beast

APB

Aqua Jack

Arkanoid

Arkanoid : The Revenge of Doh

Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting 2

Art of Fighting 3

Asteroids

Astro Fighter (Cocktail Table)

Atomic Punk 2

Bad Dudes

Batman

Battle Toads

Battlezone

BeachHead 2000

Bermuda Triangle

Berzerk

Bionic Commando

Black Knight (Pinball)

Black Tiger

Blasteroids

Blood Brothers

Bomb Jack

Bosconian

Breakers Revenge

Bubble Bobble

Bucky O'Hare

Bump ' N' Jump

Burger Time

Burning Fight

Cadash

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Capcom vs SNK

Capcom vs SNK 2

Captain America and the Avengers

Captain Commando

CarnEvil

Centipede

Championship Sprint

Choplifter

Cobra Command

Combatribes

Commando

Contra

Crackdown

Crazy Climber

Crazy Taxi

Crazy Taxi High Roller

Creature from the Black Lagoon (Pinball)

Crime City

Crime Fighters

Crossed Swords

Cruis'n USA

Cruis'n World

Crystal Castles

Cyberball 2072

Dangar UFO Robo

Dead Or Alive ++

Defender

Devastators

Die Hard Arcade

Discs of Tron

Dig Dug

DJ Boy

Dodonpachi

Dodonpachi II Bee Storm

Dodonpachi Daioujou

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong 3

Donpachi

Double Dragon

Double Dragon (Neo Geo)

Double Dragon II

Double Dragon 3

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon's Lair (PS3 Arcade Cabinet)

Dragon's Lair II : Time Warp (PS3 Arcade Cab)

Dragon Saber

Dragon Spirit

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara

Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom

Dynamite Duke

Elevator Action

Elevator Action II

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters

ESWAT

Extermination

Eyes (Cocktail Table)

F-14 TomCat (Pinball)

Fatal Fury

Fatal Fury 2

Fatal Fury 3

Final Fight

Flash (Pinball)

Flicky

Food Fight

Forgotten Worlds

Frenzy

Frogger

Frontline

Fun House (Pinball)

G-Loc

Gain Ground

Galaga

Galaga 3

Galaga '88

Galaxian

Galloping Ghost Pong

Garou Mark of the Wolves

Gate Of Doom

Gauntlet

Gauntlet Dark Legacy

G-Darius

Ghosts & Goblins

Ghouls & Ghosts

Giga Wing

G.I. Joe

Gladiator

Godzilla

Golden Axe

Golden Axe : Revenge of Death Adder

Gondomania

Gorf

Gorgar (Pinball)

Gradius II

Gravitar

Grid, The (x3)

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core

Gun Smoke

Gyruss

Halley's Comet

Harley Davidson & the LA Riders

Haunted Castle

Heavy Barrel

Heavyweight Champ

House of the Dead

Hydro Thunder

Ikari Warriors

Ikaruga

Injustice : Gods Among Us (PS3)

In The Hunt

Ironman Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road

Jackie Chan The Kung Fu Master

Jackal

Jail Break

Joust

Jr. Pac Man

Judge Dredd

Jungle Hunt

Karate Champ

Karnov

Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct II

Killer Instinct (2013) (XBoxOne Arcade System)

King Of Fighters 1994

King Of Fighters 1995

King Of Fighters 1996

King Of Fighters 1997

King Of Fighters 1998

King Of Fighters 1999

King Of Fighters 2000

King Of Fighters 2001

King Of Fighters 2002

King Of Fighters 2003

King Of Fighters NeoWave

King Of Fighters XI

King of Fighters XII (PS3 Arcade System)

King Of Fighters XIII (PS3 Arcade System)

King of the Monsters

Klax

Knights of the Round

Krull

Kung Fu Master

Last Blade

Last Blade 2

Lethal Enforcers

Life Force

Lucky & Wild

Magical Drop II

Magician Lord

Magic Sword

Mappy

Mario Bros.

Mars Matrix

Marvel Super Heroes

Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter

Marvel vs Capcom

Marvel vs Capcom 2

Mega Force

Mega Man Power Battle

Mercs

Metal Black

Metal Slug

Metal Slug X

Metal Slug 3

Metal Slug 4

Metal Slug 5

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker

Midnight Resistance

Millionaire (Pinball)

Millipede

Missile Command

Mission Craft

Monkey Ball

Moon Patrol

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat II

Mortal Kombat 3

Mortal Kombat 4

Mortal Kombat (2011)

Mortal Kombat (2011)

Mouse Trap

Mr. Do!

Ms. Pac Man (TURBO)

Ms. Pac Man (Cocktail Table)

Mutation Nation

NAM 1975

NARC

Nastar

NBA Jam

NBA Jam Tournament Edition

Need For Speed Underground

Nemesis

NFL Blitz '99

Nibbler

Ninja Baseball Batman

Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Warriors

Operation Thunderbolt

Operation Wolf

Outfoxies, The

Outrun

P-47 Phantom Fighter

P.O.W.

Paperboy

Pac Man

Pengo

Phoenix (Cocktail Table)

Pinbot (pinball)

Pit Fall II Lost Caverns

Pit Fighter

Pole Position

Pole Position II

Police Trainer

Popeye

Power Instinct

Primal Rage

Punch Out

Puzzle Bobble

Q*Bert

Radiant Silver Gun

Raiden

Raiden Fighters

Raiden Fighters II

Rally X

Rambo III

Rampage

Rampage World Tour

Rampart

Rastan

Ray Storm

Revolution X

Rival Schools : United By Fate

Road Blasters

Robocop

Robotron 2084

Rolling Thunder

Rolling Thunder 2

R-Type

Rush N Attack

Rygar

S.T.U.N. Runner

Salamander 2

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown II

Samurai Shodown III

Samurai Shodown IV

Samurai Shodown V Special

Samurai Shodown VI Tenkanichi Kenkakuden

Sarge

Satan's Hollow

Scramble

Sea Devil

SegaSonic The Hedgehog

Sega Strike Fighter (DLX)

Sengoku

Shadow Dancer

Shinobi

Shock Troopers 2

Silent Scope

Silent Scope II Dark Silhouette

Silk Worm

Simpsons

Simpsons Bowling

Sinistar

Sky Shark

Smash TV

Sol Divide

Soul Calibur III

Soul Edge

Space Invaders

Space Invaders (Pinball)

Spawn

Splatter House

Spiderman

Spy Hunter

Star Castle

Stargate

Star Wars

Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Trilogy

Street Fighter

Street Fighter II Turbo Hyper Fighting

Street Fighter Alpha 3

Street Fighter III 3rd Strike

Street Fighter Alpha

Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha

Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper

Strikers 1945 Plus

Strider

Strider II

Sunset Riders

Superman

Super Cobra

Super Contra

Super Hang On

Super Pac Man

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

Space Fortress Macross

Super Street Fighter II X Grand Master Challenge

Super Street Fighter IV AE (PS3 Arcade Cabinet)

Super Zaxxon

Survival Arts

SVC Chaos - SNK vs Capcom

Tapper

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Turtles in Time

Tekken

Tekken 2

Tekken 3

Tekken 6 (PS3 Cabinet)

Tekken Tag Tournament

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tempest

Terminator 2 Judgment Day

Terra Cresta

Tetris

Time Traveler

Thunder Blade

Thunder Force AC

Tiger Heli

Time Crisis

Time Pilot

Time Pilot '84

Time Soldiers

Total Carnage

Track & Field

Tron

Truxton

Turbo

Tutankham

Twilight Zone (Pinball)

Twin Cobra

Twin Eagle

Twin Eagle II

Ultimate Arctic Thunder

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3 Arcade Cab)

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

U.N. Squadron

Vampire Savior

Vampire Savior 2

Vindicators

Virtua Fighter 5 (PS3)

Vendetta

Vulgus

VS Castlevania

VS Super Mario Bros.

War Final Assault

Warlords

Wild West Cowboys of Moo Mesa

Winding Heat

Wind Jammers

Wizard of Wor

World Heroes

World Heroes 2

World Rally

Wrestle War

WWF Super Stars

WWF Wrestlefest

WWF Wrestlemania

X-Men

X-Men Children of the Atom

X-Men vs Street Fighter

Xenophobe

Xevious

Xexex

Zaxxon

Zed Blade

Zombie Raid

#32 Edited by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

my personal favorites are Progear and Battle Garegga. Battle Garegga seriously has one of the best soundtracks in the shmup genre..

runner up would probably be mushihimesama futari black label.

#33 Posted by silversix_ (14081 posts) -

R E S O G U N

#34 Posted by Yangire (8787 posts) -

R E S O G U N

So something that was never released in the arcades is an arcade game? Cool.

#35 Posted by silversix_ (14081 posts) -

@Yangire said:
@silversix_ said:

R E S O G U N

So something that was never released in the arcades is an arcade game? Cool.

yeah its pretty cool like that

#36 Posted by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

@Yangire said:
@silversix_ said:

R E S O G U N

So something that was never released in the arcades is an arcade game? Cool.

to be fair, he probably missed out on arcade gaming entirely... as did many users on this site.

#37 Posted by silversix_ (14081 posts) -

@Yangire said:
@silversix_ said:

R E S O G U N

So something that was never released in the arcades is an arcade game? Cool.

to be fair, he probably missed out on arcade gaming entirely... as did many users on this site.

i kinda did, not because i wasn't born or too young but because i wasn't gaming back then. When was arcade prime time anyways?

#38 Edited by Some-Mist (5630 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

@Some-Mist said:

@Yangire said:
@silversix_ said:

R E S O G U N

So something that was never released in the arcades is an arcade game? Cool.

to be fair, he probably missed out on arcade gaming entirely... as did many users on this site.

i kinda did, not because i wasn't born or too young but because i wasn't gaming back then. When was arcade prime time anyways?

really depends on the area you were in. in the US it was primarily the 90s (at least for me since I was born in the 80s - it was probably much bigger in the 80s). there's still very much active scenes all over the place - especially since new games are still being released on arcade hardware - but it's mostly niche now.

there's a bunch of public boards dedicated to arcade gaming (KLOV, jammaplus, arcade otaku, neo-geo, system11) with groups of people who do meetups to play and trade. actually went to my first shmups meetup last year in Chicago with people from around the midwest and canada which was awesome.

#39 Posted by PonchoTaco (1976 posts) -

The Simpsons arcade game was awesome.

#40 Posted by DaBrainz (7628 posts) -

Has to be Ms. Pacman or Galaga.

#41 Posted by Lucianu (9351 posts) -

There are a LOT of arcade games i love (thanks to MAME), but this has got to go to Super Street Fighter 2.

One of the very few games i've ever played wen i was a young kid. I remember going on vacation with my family to the sea, and in a hotel there was a Super Street Fighter 2 arcade machine. I played that shit to death with my lil' cousin every morning and afternoon, every day of that vacation week. Strong nostalgic feelings for sure, made me a Street Fighter fan.

#42 Posted by CTR360 (6983 posts) -

double dragoon bouble bouble outrun pacman wonder boy for me

#43 Posted by Draign (590 posts) -

Thats too difficult to answer:

Final Fight?

NARC?

Street Fighter?

Outrun?

Altered Beast?

Pac Man?

Centipede?

NBA Jam?

Donkey Kong?

Super mario Bros?

#44 Posted by Boddicker (2522 posts) -

Too many to name considering I was born in 1980 so got to experience the golden age of arcade gaming.

#45 Posted by benleslie5 (7775 posts) -

House of the Dead II, it was always fun playing the game firing two guns at the screen

#46 Posted by HadOne2Many (1255 posts) -

I mostly played racing and light gun games in the Arcades. Cruisin USA, Daytona, and Ferrari F355 Challenge were my favorite racing games. Time Crisis, Area 51 and that game where you use the light gun to play a bunch of mini games.

Ferrari F355 Challenge was my all time favorite, but the only Arcade I could play it at was a good hour drive from my house so I didn't play it as much as the others.

Now that I'm typing this though I can't help but remember the good times I had in middle school. The local Mini-mart had one Arcade machine there...Mortal Kombat (the orginal, this was in the early 90s). Every day after school there would be 15 to 20 kids there with a pocket full of quarters waiting their turn to try and take control of the game. I would actually skip eating lunch and use the dollar my mom gave me to play the game. Fun times.

#47 Posted by speedfog (3045 posts) -

House of the Dead 2 / 3, and Time crisis if it was called like that?

#48 Posted by glez13 (8676 posts) -

Not sure played a lot back in the day. The ones I remember I played the a lot were:

Lethal Enforcers

TMNT: Turtles in Time

Golden Axe

Super Street Fighter 2

Revolution X

#49 Edited by Jag85 (4396 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

@Jag85 said:

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

The UK never had a huge arcade thing like America use to and how Tokyo does(love that city)... With the rare times that I did play on a arcade machine House of the Dead games where always my favourite.

That being said I was playing a mech game against some kids in Shinjuku Tokyo and literaly had to be bribed with sex by my wife in order to leave after spending close to 2 hours there while she was shopping else where. If only I can remember the title of the game :(.

I'd have to disagree. I remember arcades being very popular in London back in the 90's. And even in the early 00's, arcades like Trocadero Fun Land (formerly SegaWorld) and Namco Station would still be packed.

I have lived in London my whole life and Trocadero doesn't compare never did... Even in its prime to the arcade culture in the US or Japan.

The high majority of people in there where either on the bumper cars or playing pool or air hockey... So many times the actual arcade machines where vacant. Not saying the culture never existed, it did but it was literally one place and the occasional fun fare would bring arcade machines down but most people flocked to the rides.

Depends on which era you mean. What you say about Trocadero Fun Land is true in the 2000's, when a majority went there for the bumber carts, pool tables, air hockey, bowling, etc. But when I went to SegaWorld London in the mid-late 90's (before it became Trocadero Fun Land at the end of the decade), I barely remember the bumper carts, pool tables, or air hockey, but I remember video games being the main attraction, especially fighting games and Sega's simulators and VR machines. And outside of the big arcades, there were of course the fun fares, with each one I remember going to always having a packed arcade in the 90's (although the rides were indeed the main attractions, like you said).

While I agree that London's arcade scene was not comparable to Tokyo, I highly doubt it was any smaller than the arcade scenes in major US cities like NYC or LA. For example, Street Fighter II in its heyday was making £260 million annually in UK arcades alone, or nearly £500 million with inflation (i.e. over $800 million in US dollars today). That's much more than the annual UK revenues of COD or FIFA today, and even more than what COD makes in the US annually. For SF2 to make so much cash in UK arcades, they must have been a very big deal back then. And then there were arcade games like OutRun, Mortal Kombat, Virtua, Tekken, etc. which were also a big deal in the UK back then (although they probably didn't reach the same heights as SF2).

#50 Posted by getyeryayasout (7179 posts) -

Moon Patrol. We had one at the pizza place I worked at. I spent many hours drinking beer and playing that game after we closed for the night.

First game I ever beat. Of course, it was the first game to allow you to add coins to continue, that may have had something to do with it. :P OT: My favorite? Mrs. Pac-Man, particularly with a cocktail cabinet to hold my drink while I play.