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Poll: What's your Favorite Classic '80s Arcade Game? (248 member(s) have cast votes)

What's your Favorite Classic '80s Arcade Game?

  1. Arkanoid (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  2. Asteroids (10 votes [4.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.03%

  3. Berzerk (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  4. Centipede (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  5. Defender (13 votes [5.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.24%

  6. Dig Dug (7 votes [2.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.82%

  7. Donkey Kong (10 votes [4.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.03%

  8. Double Dragon (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  9. Frogger (3 votes [1.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.21%

  10. Galaga (41 votes [16.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.53%

  11. Galaxian (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  12. Gauntlet (6 votes [2.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.42%

  13. Joust (5 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  14. Mario Bros. (10 votes [4.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.03%

  15. Millipede (2 votes [0.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.81%

  16. Missle Command (7 votes [2.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.82%

  17. Mortal Kombat (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  18. Ms. Pac Man (9 votes [3.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.63%

  19. Night Driver (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  20. Pac Man (11 votes [4.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.44%

  21. Phoenix (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  22. Pole Position (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  23. Punch Out! (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  24. Q-Bert (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  25. Qix (2 votes [0.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.81%

  26. Robotron: 2084 (5 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  27. Sinistar (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  28. Space Invaders (10 votes [4.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.03%

  29. Spy Hunter (5 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  30. Stargate (2 votes [0.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.81%

  31. Star Wars (6 votes [2.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.42%

  32. Tempest (20 votes [8.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.06%

  33. Tetris (9 votes [3.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.63%

  34. Tron (5 votes [2.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.02%

  35. Xevious (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  36. Zero Wing (1 votes [0.40%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.40%

  37. Zaxxon (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  38. Sports game (specify) (4 votes [1.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.61%

  39. Other (specify) (19 votes [7.66%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.66%

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#341 Steevo

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:05 PM

View PostTurbine Freight, on 25 June 2014 - 03:32 PM, said:

Donkey Kong was a close second.

I wish I played it more back then.  I think I got tired of waiting all the time, it was very popular!

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:32 PM

Mr. Do!

Tapper is up there as is Tempest, Galaga, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, and Burgertime.

Edited by savagegrace26, 08 August 2014 - 05:33 PM.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:16 AM

^^^ I don't remember playing Tempest, it gets mentioned quite a bit.

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:23 AM

So Galaga is way out in front which is surprising for its limitations.  It's in my Top 5 but a game like Gyruss was way more value for money and so underrated.  Not even listed!

Edited by Steevo, 26 October 2014 - 02:25 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2015 - 12:46 PM

The Dungeons & Dragons arcade was amazing on first watch:

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Edited by Steevo, 17 March 2015 - 01:00 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2015 - 10:23 AM

I had a hard time picking between Donkey Kong, Robotron, and Tempest.

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Posted 06 July 2015 - 03:44 AM

The sounds of Robotron still sound so epic!  I love what Williams achieved back then.

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 04:56 PM

View PostSteevo, on 26 October 2014 - 02:16 AM, said:

^^^ I don't remember playing Tempest, it gets mentioned quite a bit.

because of the Subdivisions video I'm guessing

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 05:00 PM

I went to a high school across the street from a mall. Had just enough time on lunch break to finish 'Wonderboy'.  

On this list 'Joust'. It was awesome once I learned a valuable trick in the game

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 06:46 PM

View Postjefeltner11, on 27 May 2014 - 09:35 PM, said:

If there was ever a better game to spend endless amounts of quarters on just to beat a high score, it's Galaga. You know I'm right.

Thing is with Galaga could never get past a certain point, frustrating, always played it when possible though.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:20 PM

Arcades back in the 80's were awesome.  I feel bad that the kids of the mid 90's and onward will never have that experience.  I was at the movies with my son the other day and walked into the theater's arcade.  It was just pathetic.  Most games were between $1 and $2 to play and the game usually only lasted 45 seconds or so.  Not to mention they were all racing/driving or first-person shooter games.  And the rest of the games were all those crane games.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:55 PM

There's a place north of me in Delray Beach called the Silverball Museum with pinball machines and  arcade games you can play by the hour, half day, or all day.

Arcade games (24) include Defender, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Millipede, Missle Command, Frogger, Karate Champ, Pole Position 2, Robotron, Sinistar, Space Invaders, Space Invaders 2, and of course, Pac Man & Ms Pac Man.

Pinball machines (88) include Army Navy, Black Hole, Central Park, Captain Fantastic, Charlie's Angels, Gorgar, Indiana Jones, Kiss, Nugent, Playboy, Stargate, Tommy, World Cup, and others.

It also serves food and drink, including burgers, pizza , sandwiches, and beer wine and hard liqour.

Sounds worth checking out!

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 08:37 PM

View PostSteevo, on 07 July 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

View Postjefeltner11, on 27 May 2014 - 09:35 PM, said:

If there was ever a better game to spend endless amounts of quarters on just to beat a high score, it's Galaga. You know I'm right.

Thing is with Galaga could never get past a certain point, frustrating, always played it when possible though.

I was never very good at video games but Galaga was my favorite but Tempest was a very close second.

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 07:38 PM

View PostFordgalaxy, on 24 July 2018 - 08:37 PM, said:

View PostSteevo, on 07 July 2018 - 06:46 PM, said:

View Postjefeltner11, on 27 May 2014 - 09:35 PM, said:

If there was ever a better game to spend endless amounts of quarters on just to beat a high score, it's Galaga. You know I'm right.

Thing is with Galaga could never get past a certain point, frustrating, always played it when possible though.

I was never very good at video games but Galaga was my favorite but Tempest was a very close second.

loved both

I'll toss Super RType and Zillion out there too

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:22 PM

There are so many arcades still doing great biz in the US from what I've seen, so sweet...no chance around these parts, sad.

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 09:12 AM

View PostSteevo, on 01 August 2018 - 06:22 PM, said:

There are so many arcades still doing great biz in the US from what I've seen, so sweet...no chance around these parts, sad.
And a revival in the form of what's called a barcade, a combination of sports bar and arcade,  along the lines of places like Dave & Busters.  Although some of them are basically bars with a bunch of PlayStation or Xbox machines, which I never liked.  I'm more the classic pinball arcade game type.

I used to go to the D&B in Hollywood, but stopped about five years ago when the pricks started a cover charge for admission to the bar area on nights they were broadcasting boxing and UFC Ppv's. :crazy:

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Posted 03 August 2018 - 02:10 AM

View Postpjbear05, on 02 August 2018 - 09:12 AM, said:

View PostSteevo, on 01 August 2018 - 06:22 PM, said:

There are so many arcades still doing great biz in the US from what I've seen, so sweet...no chance around these parts, sad.
And a revival in the form of what's called a barcade, a combination of sports bar and arcade,  along the lines of places like Dave & Busters.  Although some of them are basically bars with a bunch of PlayStation or Xbox machines, which I never liked.  I'm more the classic pinball arcade game type.

I used to go to the D&B in Hollywood, but stopped about five years ago when the pricks started a cover charge for admission to the bar area on nights they were broadcasting boxing and UFC Ppv's. :crazy:

Oh for sure, pinball machines are so hypnotic, electronic works of art! :smoke:

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 12:53 AM

These look amazing but I could never afford it.  Galaga would be SO tempting though...

https://www.geekstor...-arcade-cabinet

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Posted 16 August 2018 - 12:12 PM

View Postpjbear05, on 24 July 2018 - 04:55 PM, said:

There's a place north of me in Delray Beach called the Silverball Museum with pinball machines and  arcade games you can play by the hour, half day, or all day.

Arcade games (24) include Defender, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Millipede, Missle Command, Frogger, Karate Champ, Pole Position 2, Robotron, Sinistar, Space Invaders, Space Invaders 2, and of course, Pac Man & Ms Pac Man.

Pinball machines (88) include Army Navy, Black Hole, Central Park, Captain Fantastic, Charlie's Angels, Gorgar, Indiana Jones, Kiss, Nugent, Playboy, Stargate, Tommy, World Cup, and others.

It also serves food and drink, including burgers, pizza , sandwiches, and beer wine and hard liqour.

Sounds worth checking out!
Update:  Checked out Silverball yesterday as part of a birthday excursion.  The building is surrounded by a 9 hour free parking lot used by folks working in downtown Delray Beach, so I walked the short block to a pay lot to park. Once in, the front desk takes your fee and attaches a wristband.  I opted for the daytime half day, which covers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The games are spread out over two floors, the upper floors set up into two lounges, one called The Boat Bar as the bar is actually the stern of an old Chris Craft, railings teak deck and all.

Once your on the game floor, you're on your own.  The games are push button automatic reset, so you're to ready player one in no time. Of course I had to walk around for a couple of minutes deciding which to try first, which ended up as Fireball, a Williams classic from the 80's.  A little pinball, a little Centpede, a little more pinball, a little Robotron 2084.  Then a quick beer break and back to pinball.

Only beef was there was no Tempest!  What's a disaffected youth from the subdivisions gonna do? One of the folks running the desk says they've had a lot of requests for it, but they're tough to find, and very high maintenance.

Spent 4 hours in a state of bliss before finally heading home.  Well worth the travel time and cost!




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