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Best Arcade in the UK

Post by Overheat » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:25 am

Well, we have a list of the Top 25 arcade machines now - so does anyone know an arcade with at least 5 of them in? I don't... :(

Hell, just an arcade with SF3 would be good for me :(
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Post by Kaede » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:14 am

Casino arcade Tottenham Court Road is the best in London. Right next to Goodge St.

SF3.3, Tekken 5 DR, Mushihimesama, HSF2, KOF98, Progear no Arashi, Ibara (at the moment) and plenty more games.

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Re: Best Arcade in the UK

Post by neuromancer » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:17 am

Overheat wrote:Well, we have a list of the Top 25 arcade machines now - so does anyone know an arcade with at least 5 of them in? I don't... :(

Hell, just an arcade with SF3 would be good for me :(
What's an arcade?!!!

It's got so bad now that the question doesn't even seem ridiculous any more.

Maybe it's a case of 'careful what you wish for' - in the 80s I used to visit the arcades with friends; we'd return home to play the conversions of those (at the time) power-house state-of-the-art machines and be (on the whole) very disappointed. We'd wish that our home machines were as amazing as the arcade beasts.

With the dawning of the 16bit consoles I believe the decline of the arcades was writ large. It's been many years since the latest and greatest hardware arose in the arcades - indeed for many years and in many cases the arcade firmware and that of the consoles have been practically identical (slightly enhanced Saturn, Dreamcast and so forth systems powering flexible arcade machines).

Ah, erm, I've lost the thread now (only 2.5 hours sleep last night, and it's showing...)

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Post by Oh not again! » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:22 am

Are arcades still popular in other parts of the World (Japan springs questioningly to mind), or are they in decline everywhere?

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Post by Kaede » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:26 am

They are in decline in Japan but still reasonably popular. Tokyo's Akihabara and Shinjuku districts in paticular still have tons of arcades.

There's still a few new releases coming through.

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Post by OldSkoolCoolFool » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:08 pm

Maybe it's a case of 'careful what you wish for' - in the 80s I used to visit the arcades with friends; we'd return home to play the conversions of those (at the time) power-house state-of-the-art machines and be (on the whole) very disappointed. We'd wish that our home machines were as amazing as the arcade beasts.
So true for me too. I remember the original Street Fighter blew me away when i first caught glimpse of it in the arcades, but when the home computer versions came along... Oh, dear.
When Street Fighter 2 came out on the SNES that was a different story though... That game really let you perfect your skills at home and then (try to) show off in the arcade. Too bad i sucked at doing dragon punches with a joystick though. Even worse that i can't remember when i last even saw a SF2 arcade!
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Post by The Master » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:18 pm

I just want one exactly as they were in 1983.
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Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:40 pm

Kaede wrote:Casino arcade Tottenham Court Road is the best in London. Right next to Goodge St.

SF3.3, Tekken 5 DR, Mushihimesama, HSF2, KOF98, Progear no Arashi, Ibara (at the moment) and plenty more games.
seconded. when i went in there last, i played on some alien shooting game made by Konami.
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Post by Devious » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:00 pm

JetSetWilly wrote:
Kaede wrote:Casino arcade Tottenham Court Road is the best in London. Right next to Goodge St.

SF3.3, Tekken 5 DR, Mushihimesama, HSF2, KOF98, Progear no Arashi, Ibara (at the moment) and plenty more games.
seconded. when i went in there last, i played on some alien shooting game made by Konami.
What the devil's wrong with you, just mentioning Konami and not the name of the game!? :?

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Post by Devious » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:09 pm

OldSkoolCoolFool wrote:
Maybe it's a case of 'careful what you wish for' - in the 80s I used to visit the arcades with friends; we'd return home to play the conversions of those (at the time) power-house state-of-the-art machines and be (on the whole) very disappointed. We'd wish that our home machines were as amazing as the arcade beasts.
So true for me too. I remember the original Street Fighter blew me away when i first caught glimpse of it in the arcades, but when the home computer versions came along... Oh, dear.
When Street Fighter 2 came out on the SNES that was a different story though... That game really let you perfect your skills at home and then (try to) show off in the arcade. Too bad i sucked at doing dragon punches with a joystick though. Even worse that i can't remember when i last even saw a SF2 arcade!
:shock: You remember the original Street Fighter game featuring Geki!? I never saw anybody get past Eagle, the Britain.

BTW, the arcade version looked much better than SF2 & SF3.

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Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:23 pm

Devious wrote:
JetSetWilly wrote:
Kaede wrote:Casino arcade Tottenham Court Road is the best in London. Right next to Goodge St.

SF3.3, Tekken 5 DR, Mushihimesama, HSF2, KOF98, Progear no Arashi, Ibara (at the moment) and plenty more games.
seconded. when i went in there last, i played on some alien shooting game made by Konami.
What the devil's wrong with you, just mentioning Konami and not the name of the game!? :?
it was a lightgun game. Terrasomethingorother.
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Post by thl » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:35 pm

JetSetWilly wrote:
Devious wrote:
JetSetWilly wrote: seconded. when i went in there last, i played on some alien shooting game made by Konami.
What the devil's wrong with you, just mentioning Konami and not the name of the game!? :?
it was a lightgun game. Terrasomethingorother.
You mean Teraburst.

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Post by JetSetWilly » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:56 pm

that be the one.

thanks. bloody hard game it was too (read: i am crap at it!!!!)
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Post by Devious » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:32 am

JetSetWilly wrote:
Devious wrote:
JetSetWilly wrote: seconded. when i went in there last, i played on some alien shooting game made by Konami.
What the devil's wrong with you, just mentioning Konami and not the name of the game!? :?
it was a lightgun game. Terrasomethingorother.
Teraburst.

It looks good, but I never saw it until now. The last lightgun game for the PlayStation I checked out was Elemental Gearbolt. I had high hopes for that game but it was a major disappointment. So all I've got for the PSX is Crypt Killer and Area 51, which btw are much better in my opinion. E.G. was about killing big bugs. I thought it would be much cooler than that. I bought a lightgun for my Dreamcast that came packaged with House of the Dead (no manual or CD jacket), but the gun was screwed up so I gave up the gun games.

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Post by carmel1 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:18 am

I haven't been to an arcade since the last time i worked in the west end (London)

The 2 or 3 best Arcades i remember was one in Old Compton Street and one the old compton street end of wardour street, there was an OK'ish one in leicester square, same end as the old WB (now vue) cinema

I think the one in wardour street probably was the cheapest one in london at the time as most of their games were still 10 or 20p a throw

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