When video game consoles and programs for your home had just come out, they always seemed to pale in comparison to the sort of games which were available in the regional arcades, that were rising in popularity in the 80s. I don’t recall what our first home game program was called, but it essentially had three unique versions of pong. Every game had a very imaginative name. Good news, you can now buy Arcade Machines By Arcade Evolution online.
Don’t ask me why, but the pong that had two paddles was known as Hockey. Does that make any sense? The only other thing I recall about the system was that it came with a massive red pistol with which we were to take the feverish bouncing pong square as it ghosted across the screen. Looking back, it seems crazy that we were so fascinated by the motion of these simple white squares. But there, in the moment with pong, started the desire for a weekly visit to the quarter swallowing video game arcade.
In fact, the predecessor to the arcade was likely the neighbourhood pizza joint or gas station. In these days, the operator would invest in just 1 match, usually Pac Man or Asteroids, and then tuck it away in some dark corner of the shop in hopes of creating a small supplemental income. There you were certain to discover a gaggle of spastic adolescent boys in hooded sweatshirts with fingers flying in the flickering light of the most recent release from Bally. I hate to think about how much money I spent wasting away the hours jockeying which joystick at our local 7-11, the left hand wielding the
enormous red ball and the right frantically pounding the filthy white button. But the sticky pop-soaked floors of the gas station shortly gave way to a ton of locally owned and operated video arcades.
I won’t ever forget when they started the first Play Land Arcade in my hometown. Looking back, it had been little more than a left laundry mat that somebody had gutted so that they could make room for a dozen or so games and line them up against the rear wall. Although the owner was a terrifying beer swilling troll who spent his afternoon watching a bit black and white TV in the cupboard, he called his office, each Saturday we’d somehow find our way to what we fondly prestigious as a veritable Mecca of entertainment.
However, if his skills were required, only then would we be left with no option but to quicken the beast from its lair. As he knelt down to open the small door that revealed the magic compartment holding all of the change, we’d do our best to avoid gazing on the portion of his body that would be shown as, like clockwork, his tool belt could prove too much weight for his dirty jeans.
Nowadays, despite the advancements in technology, there has been a spike in popularity with arcade games. Not because they have been great video games, but since they represent a simpler time. Though I’m fairly confident most players would argue that contemporary video arcades have radically improved the public gaming experience, I am going to need to respectfully disagree. In a nutshell, we’ve been over excited and thus no more appreciate the value of a great old 2D game requiring only basic hand eye coordination and a little imagination.
Besides, who wants tickets, tokens, and a boat load of cheap crap in a glass showcase? Give me a monochrome monolith like those in the old arcades daily. If you currently need help locating one in your area, google can be your best friend, there is a club in my hometown that has a load of old arcade games and consoles, ps1 etc, and a dance floor. You can even Buy Arcade Machines Online. The possibilities are endless.