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I'm a modern kind of chap, so I'll go for:

house of the dead 2

Ghost Squad (I think this is the name of it).

One of those football card games as they have always fascinated me though I've never played one.

dancing stage of some description

that massive simpsons one!

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I've not been in an arcade in a few years so these are all pretty old:

Robotron 2084

Virtua On

Die Hard Arcade

Dancing Stage of some sort (as mentioned)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtules (the 4-player sit-down beat-em-up onw)

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F355 Challenge

SEGA Rally 2

Time Crisis

Daytona USA

Virtua Fighter 3

Add some 2p horse racing game and a candy floss machine and I'll feel I'm 6 years old in Swanage on Holiday again.

I miss the arcade. Does anyone feel it will really vanish in the next few years? :lol:

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Pac Man upright

Missile Command upright

Asteroids upright

Outrun upright

Pooyan upright

I miss the arcade. Does anyone feel it will really vanish in the next few years? :unsure:

I think the arcade we know and love from the late 70's to the early 90's has pretty much already vanished. These days the seaside resorts still play host to large arcades, but they're mostly full of penny pushers and fruit machines.

The way I see it is that there are two ways the arcade could make a comeback:

- Offer experiences that just aren't available in the home

or

- Release a game in the arcades that runs on some form of hardware based on consoles currently available, but initially don't convert it to the home systems. Then, maybe 6 months or so after the arcade release, start selling the home console versions.

One example of my second point it OutRun 2. The machine was released in the arcades, and it took a fair number of months for the game to receive a home conversion. Meanwhile, whilst the game is being converted to the home systems it's still raking in the money in the arcades.

It's very rare for a film to get a simultaneous release in both the cinema and DVD. Why would companies want to do that when they can fleece us twice? If the arcade industry could adopt this tactic a little more it could certainly bring more money in.

Anyway, after those suggestions I'm still sure that the arcade as we used to know it has no chance of making a comeback.

A real shame.

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Pac Man upright

Missile Command upright

Asteroids upright

Outrun upright

Pooyan upright

I think the arcade we know and love from the late 70's to the early 90's has pretty much already vanished. These days the seaside resorts still play host to large arcades, but they're mostly full of penny pushers and fruit machines.

The way I see it is that there are two ways the arcade could make a comeback:

- Offer experiences that just aren't available in the home

or

- Release a game in the arcades that runs on some form of hardware based on consoles currently available, but initially don't convert it to the home systems. Then, maybe 6 months or so after the arcade release, start selling the home console versions.

One example of my second point it OutRun 2. The machine was released in the arcades, and it took a fair number of months for the game to receive a home conversion. Meanwhile, whilst the game is being converted to the home systems it's still raking in the money in the arcades.

It's very rare for a film to get a simultaneous release in both the cinema and DVD. Why would companies want to do that when they can fleece us twice? If the arcade industry could adopt this tactic a little more it could certainly bring more money in.

Anyway, after those suggestions I'm still sure that the arcade as we used to know it has no chance of making a comeback.

A real shame.

http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=163046

Of the 10 recent arcade conversions I listed in that thread, none of them were released at the same time as the arcade version. In fact I can't think of a single arcade game that's done this.

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I thought the arcades were trying to offer a different experience now. You see more and more games with hydraulics, weird control systems, massive screens, etc. If it carries on arcades will be more like virtual funfairs with rides.

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I thought the arcades were trying to offer a different experience now. You see more and more games with hydraulics, weird control systems, massive screens, etc. If it carries on arcades will be more like virtual funfairs with rides.

I listed 15 recent arcade games in the thread I linked in that last post. 2 are lightgun games (one of which uses 2 foot pedals for movement), 2 are racing games, and the 11 others use a joystick and buttons (admittedly they're mostly shooters and fighters)

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http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=163046

Of the 10 recent arcade conversions I listed in that thread, none of them were released at the same time as the arcade version. In fact I can't think of a single arcade game that's done this.

I should have added that for the arcade as we know it to make a comeback, the games being released need to be distributed and available to play on nationwide, not just at the odd arcade here and there.

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I should have added that for the arcade as we know it to make a comeback, the games being released need to be distributed and available to play on nationwide, not just at the odd arcade here and there.

Aye, it's no good sticking them in London and Manchester and hoping for the best, they have to appear in some seaside arcade in Minehead or Newquay. That's where most people get their arcade experiences.

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Ohhhhh right, I thought you were talking about arcades around the world as opposed to ones in small places in England. That all makes sense now, sorry :D

You're in Japan, am I right? I would imagine the arcades there are a totally different kettle of fish.

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You're in Japan, am I right? I would imagine the arcades there are a totally different kettle of fish.

I'm in London most of the time, I just play way too many arcade conversions. This causes me to overreact to anything remotely resembling a "there aren't any proper arcade games any more" post :D

I agree that arcades in the UK are definitely 'dead' for the most part. I wandered into Casino a few weeks ago and played a credit of Metal Slug 3 with terrible controls, and then gave Progear a try and the stick didn't move upwards, but I have to admit there were quite a few people playing the fighting games and Initial D. I'm in Nottingham for the next couple of months and I don't even know if there are any arcades here, although I heard a rumour that the local megabowl has a 2 Spicy cab..

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Can we all have a bonus fruit machine/money-related game?

Those machines you put 2ps in that go back and forth and never pay out, there has to be one of those in every fantasy arcade room.

I think we should, the music on those things infuriates me sometimes though.

Oh, I just remembered possibly the most fun I ever had at an arcade was in brighton, where I played a flight sim with two massive screens, where you flew passenger craft. It was so much fun, shame we all perished in the sea :D

[edit] it may have even had 3 screens....

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For my last it would be a tossup between Supersrint/Supersidekicks/Midnight Resistance

There's something about the Supersprint machine that made it even better than you'd imagine. For a start it used a steering wheel, plus there was some serious bass coming out of that cabinet. When your car crashed you could feel it. I don't know if it would be half as impressive now, or if it's just my memory, but I got a kick out of it. It did the job better than stuff that followed like that Off-Road Racing one.

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phoenix (i hear the music, i am 8 and in the isle of man)

bubble bobble

dr who pinball

xexes

some defender style game that i used to play in the student union in manchester, you could pick different planets on a map each with different enemy types, pick up soldiers who hung on to the bottom of the ship and shot at stuff too. dunno what it was called, dead good tho

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some defender style game that i used to play in the student union in manchester, you could pick different planets on a map each with different enemy types, pick up soldiers who hung on to the bottom of the ship and shot at stuff too. dunno what it was called, dead good tho

Strike Force.

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