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1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:56 am
by kelp7
Just wondering (and I'm probably being dense here) but does anyone know what the history behind "1-UP" is in games? What does 1-UP actually stand for? Or does it just mean "You're up next" sort of thing? Obviously I knew that if 1-UP was displayed then player 1 was having their go and 2-up meant player 2 was having their go..... but what is 'UP' ?

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:58 am
by RodimusPrime
I always thought a 1-up was when you collected/earned an extra life.

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:11 am
by kelp7
Yeah, that might be the case, but WHY? :) What is U.P.? In a lot of old arcade games I remember seeing the text "1-UP" at the top of the screen for instance, so it wasn't always when lives were collected...

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:12 am
by RodimusPrime
as in your lives go up by 1. 1-up.

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:13 am
by kelp7
Yep, thought i was being dense. Also found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1-up

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:31 am
by DPrinny
Image

Cool spot was great back then

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:41 am
by gunbladelad
Not as good as the CPC Bruce Lee. Have 9 lives, collect 1 more and get 89 extra free of charge...

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:33 pm
by kelp7
gunbladelad wrote:Not as good as the CPC Bruce Lee. Have 9 lives, collect 1 more and get 89 extra free of charge...
*like*

Re: 1-UP / 2-UP

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:56 pm
by Negative Creep
Another first for SMB then. Can't even remember the last current game I played that had a set number of lives, but to be honest I don't really miss the concept