I was one of the kids born in the 80’s, which meant that I was part of one of the first generations of peeps to take arcade gaming more seriously than the contents of my lunch box. I mean I cannot count how many 20c coins (yup only the kiff games needed the 50c coin) I lost to bleep bleeping of arcade machines around the country.
Since then, games have progressed light years in how they have been designed and what they look like, but at times struggle to match the sheer replay value of those games of old. I thought that it would be fitting to end this week off with a little tribute to 5 of my favourite arcade games from yesteryear… FINISH HIM!
Number 5- Pac man
Virtually everyone should remember this one. The yellow smiley guy running around a few dark rooms, munching pills with repetitive music in the background obviously didn’t impact me at all… OBVIOUSLY.
Number 4- Outrun
This is where my love for speed and cars began! I remember ripping up the California countryside with a red Ferrari with a mooiness next my in game character’s ride and getting the tail to step out as I slid that beast round the corner with style. Racing against the clock and clearly inferior computer opposition this was one of my all time favourite arcade games- it even had crash animations that flung the characters out their car in a rather epic fashion… How’s that for a road safety advert??!
Number 3- Metal Slug
The best thing about this game was the fact that you could rock it in 2 player mode. The gist of the game was to kill every Nazi in the multi-level world, with knives and an array of the best weapons out there… Fancy barbeque’s a jew hating Nazi or two? Don’t mind if I do thank you. I’ve clocked this games more times than I’ve had a wank.
Number 2- Street Fighter
For almost the entire duration of the late 80’s and early 90’s virtually every arcade in South Africa were epitomized by the “HADUKEN” and “AAALLLLUUUGET” power sounds done by the likes of Ryu (my favourite characters) and Ken. I used to get tuned by other kids about “cowarding” them with my plethora of blue and red fireballs to which I simply replied- don’t hate the player, hate the game- followed by a good “AAAALLLUUUGET for good measure.And now for the arcade game that sucked in the most of my pocket money and number 1 in my all time top Arcade games and 5bop suckers…
Number 1- Mortal Kombat
This was the first time that any form of blood or gore was introduced into arcade games- the adults only rating was enough to get all of us kids going crazy! With new additions to fighting simulators like babalities, friendships and the ridiculously bloody but incredibly entertaining fatality finishing moves it was easily the most fun game of its time. I still remember having arguments about who the best character to play with was, personally I tended to lean towards the ninja with freeze powers called Sub Zero… Every fight ended with the commentator yelling “Finish Him”– this was usually followed by some form of dismemberment or removal of players’ balls- top notch entertainment in my opinion!Any arcade games that you guys and girls remember having fun with? Let me know! 🙂
Happy Weekend!!! BOOOOOOOOM! 🙂