Do you miss the old school arcades?
Yes
51.8% (43)
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No
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TehCookie:

Not that long ago there was this huge issue of a girl being harassed at a tourney and one of the guys told her to suck it up and that it's part of FGC culture to be sexist (article). Seeing how you said you wanted to trash talk in person makes me want to avoid places like that.

I might point out that every community has their asshats and as I said, I never saw behavior like that at any arcade I frequented. It sort of like me saying that everyone in Eve Online is like The Mittani, when there are actually decent people who do in fact play that game.

TehCookie:

As for fuel, that seems pretty ridiculous. Are you driving across the country in a gas guzzler?

Not even across the country. '72 Buick Skylark Custom. This thing drinks gas in staggering quantities.

BaronIveagh:
I was playing some KoF 98 and Last Blade 2 on the old MVS today (gotta keep them skillz sharp) and started to feel kind of nostalgic for the old days. I mean, seriously, we never actually see our opponents anymore, and all trash talk has to take place over a mic. It just doesn't feel the same to me. Anyone else miss the old arcades?

can't miss them if they never left. they still have arcades at my town and it's still crawling with people like always. Arcade games are on the ipad and stuff like that though I mean you take a good look at some of those games. It's like the atari era was reborn.

Not really, no. They were a product of their time and I'm glad they mostly went away in the country.

There is still an arcade in my mall. It has mostly stupid newer ones all about trying to win something. I do miss all the old arcade games it used to have.

I miss DDR competitions in the mall. It was fun, the music was alright, and it kept me in shape.

My cousin enjoys building them and renovating others that he finds. And then we all gather on holidays to destroy each other and enemies on those things. If I didn't have so much crap to do each day, I'd spend more time at his house bribing him to play Sailor Moon with me.

They really help with that old school vibe that is kind of lost when playing Captain America and the Avengers on the Genesis with an HDTV.

Regnes:
I don't think 95% of the people here have even played in an arcade when they were actually relevant.

Some days it feels like half the people on this site weren't even born yet when they were really in their prime...

I was never good enough at anything in particular on a really competitive level, but I played a variety of stuff in the 80s and 90s. Everything from stuff like Centipede to fighters when they came around and kind of took over (I was never any good at SF2 even though I liked it, but for some reason I was ok at MK even though it felt weird to me after having played SF2 for a while), and a decent amount of pinball. Kind of stopped spending as much time at places like that around the mid-90s though. The last thing I remember playing enough to be good at was Area 51. For some odd reason I had a natural talent for it and pretty quickly got to the point where I could run through the full game dual wielding with a single credit on each side, but it wasn't that hard compared to a lot of other games.

I do kind of miss arcades sometimes, but the earlier state of them, not the condition they were in toward the end and especially not now. When there were actually people there, and it was generally a friendly environment, and there was a regular flow of new games along with old favorites, and the machines were well maintained, and it cost a reasonable amount to play...yeah, that was a good time. When they started to become abandoned, and no one was taking care of the places, and most of the games were overpriced and gimmicky, and the only places left to find them were mostly tourist traps/bars/tourist trap bars...not so much. I'm not paying a dollar a game for a worse experience than I can have at home. It just isn't fun anymore.

That said, there are a handful of places that are dedicated to preserving that kind of experience and the old arcade and pinball machines, but they're few and far between and usually a bit out of the way. It is pretty cool to see stuff I used to play as a kid still in working order and be able to play it though, or in some cases even from before I was born, like the old electromechanical pinball machines.

malestrithe:
Not really, no. They were a product of their time and I'm glad they mostly went away in the country.

Ok, I have to ask: why are you glad of their demise?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4fy9FKD0DY&list=UUS1IC9nd3fSbTALTFsYVKqQ&index=5&feature=plcp

Old arcades kind of sucked though. Dirty and poor controls. The new arcades have Japanese style controls but lower number of people.

Taito's Nesica system has fucked over non-japanese arcades more than anything in decades though.

BaronIveagh:

malestrithe:
Not really, no. They were a product of their time and I'm glad they mostly went away in the country.

Ok, I have to ask: why are you glad of their demise?

Because I do not believe in keeping things around because I went there as a kid. I enjoyed them when I was a kid, but that's it. Time to move on from that.

Because I'm happy with my life right now and I do not need to retreat back into some idealized version of childhood to feel better. I do not need nostalgic reminders of my past because they cloud our minds to what we have right now. We live in the best times for pretty much everything that is not pop culture. We have access to the older games through Home, Steam, XBLA and other less legal means.

They are not needed anymore.

malestrithe:

BaronIveagh:

malestrithe:
Not really, no. They were a product of their time and I'm glad they mostly went away in the country.

Ok, I have to ask: why are you glad of their demise?

Because I do not believe in keeping things around because I went there as a kid. I enjoyed them when I was a kid, but that's it. Time to move on from that.

Because I'm happy with my life right now and I do not need to retreat back into some idealized version of childhood to feel better. I do not need nostalgic reminders of my past because they cloud our minds to what we have right now. We live in the best times for pretty much everything that is not pop culture. We have access to the older games through Home, Steam, XBLA and other less legal means.

They are not needed anymore.

How sad is that? Just because I can enjoy something for nostalgia's sake does NOT mean I don't appreciate the things I have now. I had a great childhood. I practically grew up in an arcade. I've restored coin-op cabinets and games as a hobby at times because I have fun doing it. But you think this makes me hate my smartphone? Or somehow wish things were "like they were back then?" I love life right now. Nostalgia does NOT in any way "cloud" anything. Remembering how fun something was and indulging in it for even as much as a few hours isn't any more or less of a "waste" of time as playing video games... or reading or watching tv or movies or anything else done for fun.

Some things may not be needed anymore... that does not negate their potential value.

The view that "Old people just like old stupid stuff because it happened 'back in the good old days' and they can't appreciate all we have now" is a particularly childish view. I watch episodes of old TV shows because I remember them and enjoy doing it (MASH, Twilight Zone and X-Files are some of my favorites.) Does that mean I never give a new show a chance... no it doesn't. Usually at least 1 show a year gets my attention enough that I'll give it a shot. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. I read books that I have read before. Does that mean I spend all my time in the library pouring over musty old paperbacks? Nope, I love the library but I love my e-reader just as much. I'm kind of a cinema film snob, and love old classic movies (especially when shown in my town's historic old theater.) But does that mean I wasn't in line for the first movie shown in a digital theater in my state? Nope, I even still have the stub tacked to my corkboard wall.

Nostalgia can be taken to absurd extremes, but it is ignorance to assume that nostalgia is ALWAYS taken to those extremes.

malestrithe:

Because I do not believe in keeping things around because I went there as a kid. I enjoyed them when I was a kid, but that's it. Time to move on from that.

Because I'm happy with my life right now and I do not need to retreat back into some idealized version of childhood to feel better. I do not need nostalgic reminders of my past because they cloud our minds to what we have right now. We live in the best times for pretty much everything that is not pop culture. We have access to the older games through Home, Steam, XBLA and other less legal means.

They are not needed anymore.

While I do think its currently a good time to be an gamer, I dont buy into the whole "I dont like or have grown out of X so it should die" way of thinking.

The arcades were a gathering of like minded ppl, it was as much a social thing as anything. Nowadays theres still the odd meet up or tourny but those are special events not an everyday thing just around the corner. Saying the arcades should die is like saying pubs should die because You can drink at home and talk to ppl on the net.

You would need to spend an arm and a leg building a shithot gameroom to mimic the specialised controllers that some arcade games have, including the full on sit down cabs like the afterburner cab you see in Terminator 2.

The only way you can play this game outside the arcades is on the psp. Big difference in screen size http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwUf_42D8FI&feature=related
(BTW there is supposed to be one of those cabs in the US its been in quite a few locations EDIT its called Darius Burst BTW)

I miss them. It was a place for us to hang, and relax, and get away from rules and authorities. I don't need them anymore but I wonder what the youth have to put in their stead.

A few of my favorites
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inAAItNuFaE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkgsA01gJvQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOHzwQIYrJA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq9I7OvEaFo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pgh8pf5xzA

The only extra that arcades can offer is full-sized cockpits. The downside is an outdated business model that has understandably failed.
It's not that you cannot nickel and dime individuals to death in this age (DLC schemes, F2P MMOs and social games like farmville prove otherwise), it's doing it one individual at a time that doesn't work. People are not lining up to get to play a certain game for a bit, when they can play at any time and they don't even have to get up from their chair or couch.

malestrithe:

Because I'm happy with my life right now and I do not need to retreat back into some idealized version of childhood to feel better. I do not need nostalgic reminders of my past because they cloud our minds to what we have right now. We live in the best times for pretty much everything that is not pop culture. We have access to the older games through Home, Steam, XBLA and other less legal means.

They are not needed anymore.

Ok... while those have nothing to do with what I was talking about (The difference in gaming environment) aside from the fact that I mentioned what got me thinking about it was being nostalgic while playing some older games, none of these disprove my point about it being an interesting alternative to sitting in front of a TV or PC getting fatter, which I find to be less of a social experience and marginally more boring.

TehCookie:

Seeing how you said you wanted to trash talk in person makes me want to avoid places like that.

BTW: Sorry I really didn't process this part of your post before, cookie, but I might point out that at no point did I say that I wanted to trash talk (in person or otherwise). I simply stated it takes place over a mic. Today's Nerf Now has a good example of what can happens to people who trash talk in most arcades and why they usually don't.

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I never understood the arcade love, but then I'm not a guy, so my experience in those was very different from most people here.

Ie condescension, condescension, terrible pick-up lines, more condescension, and complete freakouts when I beat them or kept beating one of those side-scrolling brawlers without using continues, while a guy kept throwing in coins, whining I must be cheating.

No, not saying I was better than all guys - I am pretty much the same, skill wise. Which meant that I was better than a couple. And those NEVER handled it well. Never. Not a single time.

It wasn't too fun, overall, and I vastly prefered gaming at home because people wouldn't be jerks to me there for being just a girl.

Come on, guys, you have to admit such treatment is stupid :P

zefiris:
I never understood the arcade love, but then I'm not a guy, so my experience in those was very different from most people here.

Ie condescension, condescension, terrible pick-up lines, more condescension, and complete freakouts when I beat them or kept beating one of those side-scrolling brawlers without using continues, while a guy kept throwing in coins, whining I must be cheating.

No, not saying I was better than all guys - I am pretty much the same, skill wise. Which meant that I was better than a couple. And those NEVER handled it well. Never. Not a single time.

It wasn't too fun, overall, and I vastly prefered gaming at home because people wouldn't be jerks to me there for being just a girl.

Come on, guys, you have to admit such treatment is stupid :P

Well, as above: every community has it's asshats.

As a social activity, I do grant that as an experience it's colored by the people who frequent it. If you arcade has a bunch of asshats, it will not be as fun. (Much the same as if your Guild is full of asshats online) If you have good one near by, it's a blast. I suppose I was privileged that early on I frequented ones near art schools, which lead to a higher number of female gamers (who did not tolerate that gak) in the arcade.

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