Skip to comments.Retro games offer an alluring respite
Posted on 12/11/2004 4:53:11 PM PST by qam1
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I would pay big bucks for an arcade Marble Madness!
sounds like I need not remind you to "avoid spikes"
did you know how to defeat the 'undefeatable (?) Ptaradactyal?
Thanks for the info. :-)
I still have the following consoles:
Vectrex (The only vector-graphic gaming console ever made for the personal market)
Play Station 1
Play Station 2
I like M.U.L.E. as well :-)
Played that for hours on the Commodore 64
I beat a kid out of $75 playing Asteroids back in '81. It was half a week's pay for me at the time.
It's from an Asteroids game I lost that I got my screen name. Me and someone else who played it at the bowling alley where the game was, used the same 3 letter initials for high scores. So we played against each other, winner keeps initials loser picks something else. I lost* so I closed my eyes and randomily picked letters and up came QAM and 25 years later I am still using that name (Now systems require you to use 4 characters minimum so I later tacked on the 1).
* I technically won, But in Asteroids when you go over 99,990 it resets back to 0 and I had 99,970 and just before I commited suicide into a 20pt Asteroid to get a perfect 99,990 the ^@^# little ship shot it out from under me and I crashed into the resulting 50 point asteroid and went over.
It's like riding a bike, isn't it? I play Ms. Pac Man maybe once or twice a year, and each time I make it to the final maze without a problem.
My kids routinely play retro games like Missile Command and Asteriods (on my old Atari 800 no less) while the newer PS2 games sit on the shelf. The newer games have cooler graphics, but sometimes it takes 10 minutes to get thru all the menus to start the game. Plus, you need to devote your life to some to become expert in. With the old games, it plug, play, and have fun. Thats why they will still be around 100 years from now.
Thank you, Mario, but our princess is in another castle! ... Just kidding.
Well, if you can do that, your reflexes are better than mine!
I loved Sprint, Punch-Out, Galaga, Dig Dug, 1942, Centipede, Pole Position, Tempest, Pac-Man (all versions) and Defender. Never cared for Donkey Kong though.
If you guys like the old stuff, google for Mame.
They sound good and read good till you play them again and wonder how you spent so many hours and quarters on them the first time around. Like most things old, the memories are better than the reality.
I miss the old style pinball machines. Pinball was one game that was ruined by technology. I'd love to have one of the old 70's style machines.
Man I spent a lot of money and time playing pinball. I recently tried some of those same machines at a retro-arcade and the magic was gone. Maybe I'm getting too old but I still game like crazy on the computer, most likely just I'm spoiled now.
Most if not all of these games can be made to run on a modern machine although the more modern your computer is the more tweaking you'll have to do IE if you're running XP and an onboard sound card you'll probably need a DOS and a Sound Blaster emulator.If you've got an old clunker gathering dust in the garage you're in luck These are all legal shareware demos with three to six levels each but with that many games it'll be a long time before I feel like shelling out the big bucks for a full version.There are allot of other of games on this website from MS.Pacman to Tomb Raider or a couple or 3 different Asteroid clones.
I am in no way affiliated with www.dosgames.com I'm just letting you know that if you miss your old games they're all out there on the net and most of them are free.Also I have never got a virus from www.dosgames.com but use common sense when downloading and installing stuff from the web.Resident spyware shields up, virus scan before you install.
there are tons of old pinballs out there for sale. there is a whole cottage industry devoted to them, as well as the newer electronic ones. i had four at one time, and still have two. I'll help you find a website for pinball classifieds if you like (i'll have to do some searching for the url, but shouldnt be a problem.
I also had the Intellivision. You can get a controller for that out of the JCPenney Christmas Catalog (plug). I had about 75 games for the Intellivision which I purchased when I had a paper route back in the late 70s and early 80s.
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