Earlier this month, the WORLD VIDEO GAME HALL OF FAME announced its winning candidates for their 2020 induction ceremony.
Have you ever wanted to own your own arcade machine in your basement? (Notice how we refuse to use the term MAN CAVE here?
How many hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in quarters have you thrown into one of these electronic marvels, only to end up dying on the final level because some idiot jostled your arm at the last moment?
Wouldn’t you like to own your own arcade machine? We know what you’re thinking — we don’t want to own a single game. What would happen if we ever got bored of playing Ms Pac Man? That’ll just be a total waste of money.
If you’re like Web Watch, you’ve likely spent hundreds – if not thousands – of quarters at the local mall arcade playing Pac-Man, Defender, Smash TV, Zaxxon, Spy Hunter, any number of pinball games like the Addams Family machine, iRobot, and many others.
And while you may have your own personal favorite to play because you were good at the game or you liked the storyline, there’s that one machine that everybody seems to love (or at least, think nostalic about) but everyone hated to play.
Except for That One Guy who knew all the right moves at all the right times.
Hopefully by now, you’ve heard the story about Caine Monroy and the arcade he made in his dad’s shop, where all the games were made entirely out of cardboard.
No? It’s a phenomenal story. Here – watch this, then continue…
Web Watch is a big fan of the classic video games that populated arcades back in the 80’s and early 90’s.
Not like today’s gaming arenas, filled with craptastic ticket-dispensing machines that teach kids different variations of gambling in order to “earn” enough tickets to buy a lousy stuffed animal that would have cost half as much if purchased directly from the local Toys R Us.
No, we’re talking the classic quarter-munching games like Galaga, Ms Pac Man, Defender, i-Robot, Dig Dug, Robotron, and others from the best game years.
Laugh all you want, Nintendo-boy. We liked our games simple, with a single joystick and maybe two buttons. Cheesy audio and bad graphics were state-of-the-art at the time… and you still felt as if you got your quarter’s worth every time you played.