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What's the very first arcade game you've played?

Post by thl » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:17 am

There are so many top arcade titles throughout those years. But what's the first arcade game you've played?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (for me) is the first arcade game that I've ever played back in the summer of 1991. It's such an awesome scrolling beat em' up that it provided so much pleasure and thrills along the way.

The four-player option was the best feature to have, which enhanced the excitement of the gameplay. It's the game that's certainy be remembered as a fan favourite due to the popularity of that TV cartoon and merchandising. Cowabunga!! :D
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Post by R. Prime » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:33 am


Sometime in the 80's. I don't remember when, which means I'm old school. :D

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:35 am

I think it was Amidar,in the local chippy
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Post by Smurph » Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:53 am

Pole Position for me, in a newsagents of all places, before we had a local arcade. When it opened, they had Wonderboy, Ghosts n Goblins and Psychic 5, so one of those was second.
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Post by Opa-Opa » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:04 am

Boothill around 1980ish..
I don't remember where but I was on holiday somewhere..

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Post by revgiblet » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:06 am

The first one I remember playing was this one with a harpoon gun attachment and you had to shoot sharks and things - but not the divers. It was kind of like Operation Wolf but with a harpoon gun. And a black and white display. And it only cost 10p.

I can't remember what it was called.
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Post by P-Head » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:16 am

I have a feeling it might have been Star Wars, and it must have been the late 80s.

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Post by Randall Flagg » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:29 am

Scramble - cocktail table version. Still love the game....Hmmmm maybe missus would let me replace our coffee table with one......
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Post by The Last Ginja » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:55 am

Space Invaders cocktail cabinet. In an Ex-Servicemans club of all places.

The good thing is they replaced them every few months, so I got to experience Baloon Bomber,Polaris,Scramble,Donkey Kong,Pacman and Galaxians to name but a few.

The good thing was my Dad used to drink there so all his friends gave me 10p's to keep me out of the way while they played cards!! 8)

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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:11 pm

Swiv, chip shop round corner from my grandparents, that must've been the first.
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Post by kiniki » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:20 pm

Pacmania at the local old mans club... Must have spent a good £50 on that of my grandads money over a few months..

Still play it now... Just not on an arcade cab :(

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Post by Ritchardo mkII » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:27 pm

I think it was Bomb Jack but I can't be 100% certain. If it wasn't first then it was pretty damn close.
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Post by roberthazelby » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:00 pm

For me it was an upright Space Invaders cab.

At a guess, I'd say it was around 1979/1980. I'd only have been about 5 years old.

It was in a roadside cafe that my mum, dad and I stopped in on the way down South from Bristol for our summer holiday.

I can still remember seeing this machine, and wondering what it was (as I was too short to see the screen). I pulled up a chair and had a look, and that was it. Dad gave me 10p to put into the cab, and although I died almost instantly, I was hooked. 26 years later and my love of games hasn't diminished (wish I could say that about the amount of time available to play them I now have!).
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Post by pompeysimon » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:08 pm

my first was asteroids on holiday somewhere piling the old 10ps in was great! and trying to get my name on the highscore board and never doing so as i was crap!
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Post by Scooby1970 » Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:14 pm

I remember the first time I played Space Invaders and Asteroids in the late 70's, just blew me away and I put some many 10p's into those machines.

But the games I remember most fondly are the ones just after those, Pacman, Galaxians, Frogger and Scramble, all played in my local chip-shop when I'd go into town and my dad had a few spare 10p's to give me!

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