The More Things Change

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The More Things Change

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Today's generation wouldn't get this, they have no idea what an arcade is.

Oh, the quarters I poured into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the X-Men arcade game. What were my parents thinking?!

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Oh Erin, no wonder you're so cynical! If my local arcade had games that punched me....

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.. Cuz I'm cultured like that, innit.

Those last three panels are great! Diddy Erin, abusive arcade machine; love it.

I was lucky and never spent that much time or money in arcades - I grew up in a small town where the arcade was shit and outdated. I did get some use out of Ridge Racer though. Oh man, the trip to Japan in my early twenties and losing myself in multi-floored arcades there. Fuck yeah.

The amount of quarters I've wasted on Tetris, Pac-Man and that one Simpsons Arcade game.
It was probably enough to provide medical care to a small country...

Hey, there's always the Wii U...

Yeah, I too remember walking into an arcade, buying a stand-up console for thousands of dollars, and then cramming quarters into it for months and months.

The only real difference these days is you buy a home console for hundreds of dollars and then you cram dollars into it for months and months.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other...

Wallet Quest seems like the name Microsoft wants to use for every single game this new generation.

Flying Spaghetti Monster helps us all. Or, you know, just don't buy their games.

ellers07:
Oh, the quarters I poured into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the X-Men arcade game. What were my parents thinking?!

I once blew 20 dollars in an hour playing Dungeons and Dragons: Tower of Doom. Before I got decent at it and managed to later on get to the last boss on only $.75. Still, those were great days.

ellers07:
Oh, the quarters I poured into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the X-Men arcade game. What were my parents thinking?!

Amen to that. I have no idea how much I spent of my parents' money on beat 'em ups >.>

tehroc:
Today's generation wouldn't get this, they have no idea what an arcade is.

Id tell them "It's like micro-transactions but you don't have to spend £40 first and you get to meet people"

I remember playing a Wayne Gretzky-hockey game that charged you for every period you played. I lost a looooot of money on that one...

MinionJoe:
Yeah, I too remember walking into an arcade, buying a stand-up console for thousands of dollars, and then cramming quarters into it for months and months.

You owned the arcade cabinet? Didn't it have a DIP switch to enable free play mode? Or were the quarters just to add to the experience?

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Nothing made me happier in my youth than 5 dollars worth or quarters and a few hours with nothing better to do. This was back when arcade machines actually only cost 25 cents to play and it was a rare few that were 50 cents. Both of the local arcades were shut down at point. One has reopened but it's mostly all ticket dispensing type stuff and that just depresses me. However my friend's daughter loves that place so I still have fun there.

I feel like the only difference between then and now is that the arcade machines now support the use of credit cards and PayPal. I remember wishing I could just swipe my bank card at the machine rather than walking to the opposite end of the shopping center where my local arcade was to get cash out from the ATM. I guess they do say to be careful what you wish for...

Covarr:

You owned the arcade cabinet? Didn't it have a DIP switch to enable free play mode? Or were the quarters just to add to the experience?

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Not really. It was just like the strip implies. Whenever you went into an arcade, you had to buy one of the consoles before you could play it (by shoveling in quarters).

And just like today's home consoles, you didn't really own the arcade system either. They remained the property of the manufacturer because of the EULA you agreed too by walking through the front door of the arcade.

I remember playing waaaay too much Galaga back in the day. Of course, when I was feeling especially cheap, during the demo screen I'd just wobble the stick back and forth. Gives you a few seconds of free play. :P

Well the difference between today's paywalls and the arcade is that the arcades did not charge a $30 entrance fee.

BigTuk:
Well the difference between today's paywalls and the arcade is that the arcades did not charge a $30 entrance fee.

Yeah, they usually sidestepped it by making the games impossible so you payed $30 regardless.

Hiyo!

tehroc:
Today's generation wouldn't get this, they have no idea what an arcade is.

Huh, I don't know in the glorious empire of America, but in my area we have this arcade that gets completely full on Friday afternoons, specially the Guitar Hero game. Obviously, the most popular games are very different from the past, but the method is still the same: put coins in, play game for, at most, thirty minutes (unless you are a very good player).

Yeah, that sounds about right.

My brothers were big indoor soccer players when they were kids so I'd always be getting dragged around to their games. Luckily most of the places had mini-arcades with 4 or 5 games. I remember I'd be given a couple dollars and burn through it in about 20 minutes.

But then one day...*GASP!!!* I received a 5 dollar bill! Oh most glorious of days! With 20 quarters in my pocket, I was assured I could finally beat The Simpsons arcade game!!!!

Turns out it just barely wasn't enough. :P

I still prefer getting bilked for coins by an arcade cabinet to surrendering credit card data to F2P games.

There's something "purer" about arcade machines. Maybe it's because it's only a quarter (or even a nickel if you're really lucky) for a game, and you go for as long as you stay alive.

Great job. Wow, I guess things have really come full circle now. Nice observation.

VanQ:
I feel like the only difference between then and now is that the arcade machines now support the use of credit cards and PayPal. I remember wishing I could just swipe my bank card at the machine rather than walking to the opposite end of the shopping center where my local arcade was to get cash out from the ATM. I guess they do say to be careful what you wish for...

.. Darn. Your Avatar is so distracting- dat quality and flow of the animation!!

OT: Yeah, we tend to think something of this generation was just thought up by greedy corporations but we have to remember that humanity has been around since forever. To get through the Simpsons Arcade game is to donate like $10 into the machine overtime since it was so ridiculously easy to die. Not saying that arcade games were greedy, but it proved effective to make them very challenging and the only way to continue was to place another quarter or 50c into the machine.

.... Now we have to pay for stuff that should of came with the disk, but it's held against our will *cough*DLC*cough*.
But I am an optimistic person. Some DLCs are solely created out of the developer's time to expand the game like Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC. Holy crap, that thing is SO worth the $20 I spent.

Poor young Erin. I am glad gaming isn't that expensive anymore if you chose the right games.

The key difference in yesterday's model to today's model is that today you need to pay more money to keep playing no matter how good you are at the game. In yesterday's model, you only needed to pay to keep playing if you were bad at the game. Or in other words, the more money you sunk into a game back in the day, the less money you would have to pay to keep playing because you would get good enough to not die as often; where today you almost have to pay MORE money as you get better at the game because you progress through the content faster and thus need to pay more money to get more "energy" (or whatever the game chooses to call it) in order to keep playing.

InvisibleMan:
Hey, there's always the Wii U...

Such a simple comment, and yet I think you're right. When I get tired of my current past-gen games, I think I'll give that a try. Nintendo's the only company right now that seems to have the foresight not to bankrupt itself with overly-costly products. It'll still be awhile until then. I've got lots of old games that I haven't played yet.

BigTuk:
Well the difference between today's paywalls and the arcade is that the arcades did not charge a $30 entrance fee.

No, they charged you a quid and then cheated you out of it with undodgable attacks and rubble banding.

My brother and me lost alot of time/money playing the Simpsons arcade game...
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Shit was hard as balls.

I never did the quarter thing - I went to this arcade where you loaded your card with money and then swiped away through the game's scanner every time you got killed. Favorite games with me were Time Crisis and Metal Slug - at least until I got a PS. I go about once a year to the arcade these days.

tehroc:
Today's generation wouldn't get this, they have no idea what an arcade is.

I was born in '87 and I've only been in one arcade my whole life. Was not fun at all.

Punisher & Nick Fury was my lunchtime crack. But was pretty good at beatemups so I rarely spent more than $2 a day. By the end of the summer I was good enough to get to Kingpin on one quarter.

Also I am so going to make Wallet Quest!

My local arcade growing up charged £20 pound at the entrace and all the games were free to play. Y'see, in Scotland, arcade games aren't 20p, which is aprox. 25 cents. Instead, they were 1£. That was a douche move on the part of the developers.

Like, you could play them all day. And nobody's stop you. From 7 am to 11 pm. Little 8 year old me didn't need friends; I had Light Gun Games.

We all know that the best arcade game is Ninja Baseball Batman.
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