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The 10: Arcade Classics

I don’t know about you, but growing up in the 80’s one of my favorite things to do was go to the arcade on the weekend. “Roscoe’s Arcade” in downtown Detroit was my favorite. My mother would usually supply me with about $5 to play games all day (This was during the time when it only cost a quarter to play any game).

With home systems now at your finger tips, it’s hard to imagine a time when you actually had to leave the house to play video games. The arcade was the place to be in the 80’s as a kid. All your friends were usually there. Whenever a new game would come out, the news of it would spread through the neighborhood like wildfire, and you would make it a priority to go check it out the following Saturday.

The arcade began to loose it’s steam as home systems began to become common place. Still, nothing beats the feeling that came from beating a game at the arcade.

Being the nostalgia purist that I am, I decided to dig into my arcade memories and list 10 of my favorite arcade games from the 80’s. These are games that I spent a ton of quarters on either beating them, or getting super close.

10. “Pac-Man” and “Lady Pac-Man” are going to share the 10 spot. Both of them are them should as they are parents to the entire video game era. Eating power pellets and chasing ghost was the premise. Simple, but as the game progresed, the speed of the game did also and it became pretty impossible to beat.

9. “Paperboy” was my jam! You ride through neighborhoods on a bike trying to perfectly land news paper’s onto your customers front porches. All the while dodging dogs, remote control cars and potholes. I’m gonna be honest with you and let you know I didn’t advance very far in this game, but it was still one of my favorites.

8. “Beer Tapper” is one of those games that drove me crazy, but I loved it. You are a bartender serving multiple customers at one time on multiple bar tables. The kicker is you also have to pick up their empty’s and any tips. Sounds easy enoungh until the speed orders and the pick ups get’s ut of control. A lot of fun if you can muster the patience for it.

7.”Centipede” was another one of those games that I would sometimes blow my entire budget on. It was cool also because they replaced the joystick with a rollerball controller. Your mission was to blast at a centipede and his arsenal of fleas, spiders and scorpions before the centipede reaches the bottom of the screen. You had to be nice with that rollerball to make your way through this game. I was nice with that rollerball…

6. “Mat Mania” was one of the dopest wrestling arcade games ever. You fight five guys to become the champ, then you defend it against those same five guys. Very simple, but it was one of the first games I can remember just enjoying watching people play.

5. “Bad Dudes” was a fighting game that I remember beating. Not absoloutly sure, but I think I did. You play Blade and Striker, two street brawlers fighting their way through the mean-streets of New York on a mission to rescue “President Ronnie.” I just remember you would be standing on the top of moving trucks fighting ninja’s. Very dope.

4. “Double Dragon is another classic fighting gane that ate a ton of my quarters. You play karate brothers Billy and Jimmy who take on the Black Warriors gang to rescue Billy’s girlfriend. This was one of that hardest games. I never beat it, but was blessed to be able to watch somebody do it a couple times.

3. “Ghost and Goblins” weaved the tale of Sir Arthur, and zombie-killing knight who must defeat the devil himself to save his princess. The game was wild because after you beat the game, you had to replay it to get to the final boss. Only this time, it was way harder.

2. “Ikari Warriors” was another good one where you took on the role of Rambo-type soilders fighting through enemy tanks and soldiers in order to safe the small village of Ikari. The controller let you shoot in ultiple directions so you could hit your enemies from all sides.

1. “WWF Superstars” was their first arcade game and one of my all time favorites. The roster alone is noteworty and ranged from Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, to Big Boss Man and Honkey Tonk Man. You fought your way through tag team matches for a title shot against Ted Dibiase and Andre the Giant, also known as the “Mega Bucks.” Much like “Mat Mania” arcade game, once you beat the Mega Bucks you go through another series defending the tiles. The game ends when you beat the Mega Bucks in a rematch.

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