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Retro games offer an alluring respite
Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/7/04 | Eric Gwinn

Posted on 12/11/2004 4:53:11 PM PST by qam1

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To: Renderofveils
Right, theoretically one could find a Nintendo NES emulator, and joust rom and be able to play, though not quite legal...
21 posted on 12/11/2004 6:09:57 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: rdb3

I would pay big bucks for an arcade Marble Madness!

22 posted on 12/11/2004 6:10:54 PM PST by realpatriot (Some spelling errors may have been intentionally included)
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To: rdb3

sounds like I need not remind you to "avoid spikes"

23 posted on 12/11/2004 6:12:12 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: eddie willers

did you know how to defeat the 'undefeatable (?) Ptaradactyal?

24 posted on 12/11/2004 6:14:04 PM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: JerseyHighlander

Thanks for the info. :-)

I still have the following consoles:

Vectrex (The only vector-graphic gaming console ever made for the personal market)
Original Pong
Atari 2600
Nintendo NES
Super NES
Game Cube
Play Station 1
Play Station 2
Sega Saturn

25 posted on 12/11/2004 6:17:02 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: eddie willers

I like M.U.L.E. as well :-)

Played that for hours on the Commodore 64

26 posted on 12/11/2004 6:18:25 PM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: eddie willers

I beat a kid out of $75 playing Asteroids back in '81. It was half a week's pay for me at the time.

27 posted on 12/11/2004 6:44:45 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

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.

28 posted on 12/11/2004 6:59:50 PM PST by qam1 (Anyone who was born in New Jersey should not be allowed to drive at night or on hills.)
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To: tiamat
My daughter was impressed when i found a Gallaga machine this summer, and even 20 years later, old Mom can keep it going for 15 minutes

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.

29 posted on 12/11/2004 7:05:04 PM PST by jmc813 (J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS)
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To: qam1

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.

30 posted on 12/11/2004 7:15:03 PM PST by rbg81
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To: qam1
Super Mario Bros. 3 was possibly the best game ever, I have to concur. SMB3 was magnificent and still (until quite recently) the best-selling console game of all time.

Thank you, Mario, but our princess is in another castle! ... Just kidding.

31 posted on 12/11/2004 7:16:28 PM PST by SedVictaCatoni (<><)
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To: jmc813

Well, if you can do that, your reflexes are better than mine!

32 posted on 12/11/2004 7:26:16 PM PST by tiamat (Solis Invicti)
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To: qam1

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.

33 posted on 12/11/2004 8:56:51 PM PST by CAR913 (Is there ANYTHING leftists won't blame on Bush???)
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To: qam1; Benrand
One word: MAME

If you guys like the old stuff, google for Mame.

34 posted on 12/11/2004 9:29:52 PM PST by Slump Tester (John Kerry - When even your best still isn't good enough)
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To: qam1

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.

35 posted on 12/11/2004 9:34:15 PM PST by this_ol_patriot
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To: this_ol_patriot

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.

36 posted on 12/11/2004 9:42:56 PM PST by centexan (Go 1st Cav - stay safe and come home soon)
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To: centexan
When we were kids we used to play pinball on one machine at a small local pool hall near us. We spent HOURS and tons of nickles on just that one machine trying to turn it over or get all the lights lit. I am at a loss to explain why we didn't get bored. They never changed the machine but we just played and played and played. Later I used to hit all the machines in the pizza joints, restaurants, stores or wherever else they may be.

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.

37 posted on 12/11/2004 10:03:52 PM PST by this_ol_patriot
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To: CAR913
I know this is apples an oranges but I just put the finishing touches on my own "time machine".I've always been more of First Person Shooter fan, I get bored too quick with most of the arcade games.I got on my old 233 mhz clunker and downloaded literally all the 3d shooters from a little work 90% of these games will run straight from the 98se desktop.In semi historical order there's Catacombs Abyss,Wolfenstien 3d,Spear of Destiny,Blake stone,Nightmare3D,Hurl,Kens Labyrinth,Corridor 7,Doom,Heretic,Rise of the Triad,Terminator Future shock,Duke Nukem3D,Descent,Radix,Blood,Shadow Warrior,Quake and a few more I forgot.

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 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 but use common sense when downloading and installing stuff from the web.Resident spyware shields up, virus scan before you install.

Happy blasting

38 posted on 12/11/2004 10:26:34 PM PST by edchambers ("Pajamahadin Neocon footsoldier of the Haliburton Death squad Digital brown shirts")
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To: centexan

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.

39 posted on 12/12/2004 5:21:13 AM PST by jdub
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To: Sertorius

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.

40 posted on 12/12/2004 7:46:03 AM PST by Eric Roelfsema (Congrats to the NBA Champion Detroit Pistons)
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