What’s the best arcade machine you’ve played and why?

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Post by EvilArmourKing » Wed May 30, 2007 9:13 am

Outrun sit down

Chase HQ

Killer Instinct

4 Player Daytona with the Cameras and screen mounts.

Virtua Fighter 5 with the Video Screens (VF: TV) - cool. The only other thing required would be a really comfortable sofa and a few jars!
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Post by The Universal » Wed May 30, 2007 11:10 am

Has to be the full cab version of Space Harrier, we will never have that experience at home.

Did anyone here dare the WEC Le Mans sit in cab back in the day? Surely the most violent cabinet of all time.
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Post by Heaven6502 » Wed May 30, 2007 4:19 pm

Asteroids... it hooked me up and hypnotised me with its "bep bep...bep bep... hujhujhujhuj...." ;) the monochrome vector display rules!!! i am a hero and i will survive in the asteroid field like han solo in star wars episode 1 (4)
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Post by thl » Wed May 30, 2007 4:25 pm

Might have to say Punchmania: Fist of the North Star. Pullling off devastating blows in front of the punching pads was unbelievable. :D

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Post by nwosteve » Thu May 31, 2007 9:06 am

Any of the stand-up 4 player games were awesome, especially Simpsons, Turtles (got on on ebay for £60 recently mint condition) and WWF Wrestlefest. Great games, great fun that still can hold their own.
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Post by yethboth » Thu May 31, 2007 9:37 am

Got to be Space Harrier with the massive seat that moves around with a seat belt attached to it and the fighter pilot style joystick and the massive screen. :D

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Post by Emperor Fossil » Thu May 31, 2007 9:53 am

EvilArmourKing wrote:Chase HQ
And wasn't it great when they had the volume turned up real loud?

You'd get in range of the the bad guy, and suddenly... WOOWOOWOOWOOWOOWOO!!!

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Post by yethboth » Thu May 31, 2007 10:04 am

thl wrote:Might have to say Punchmania: Fist of the North Star. Pullling off devastating blows in front of the punching pads was unbelievable. :D

Great Game. :D

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Post by forestville » Thu May 31, 2007 11:22 am

Ridge Racer Fullscale in Namco Station London/Strikers Bowl Tamworth
at £2 a go it was worth playing on that game.

the one in London was cool and worked properly but the one in Tamworth got vandalized many times.
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Post by quangdx » Thu May 31, 2007 12:31 pm

forestville wrote:Ridge Racer Fullscale in Namco Station London/Strikers Bowl Tamworth
at £2 a go it was worth playing on that game.

the one in London was cool and worked properly but the one in Tamworth got vandalized many times.
:) :D
to be honest, as cool as it was too look at,
it was a pretty crap gaming experience, as the car wasn't on hydraulics.
although the huge screen was excellent.
the deluxe cabinet was more fun to play, as it tilted and juddered with you inside it.

i remember seeing a picture in EDGE magazine once,
a version of Sega Rally (1 or 2, i forget) at Sega World/Park in Japan,
showing 4 full size cars (i think toyota celica's) up on hydraulic platforms.
now that would have been something amazing to play.
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Post by bonerlaw » Thu May 31, 2007 2:06 pm

Tough one, a few come to mind:

GLoc - yeah, the one where you went all the way around

Gradius (i think!) - It was an actual walk in, closed unit, where about 6 people sat down and played to get the highest score. Was at Meadowhall in Sheffield, anyone help me out who can remember this one??

Roadblasters - the whole sit down unit and that funky space age steering wheel were gr8 for an 8 year old!

Sonic Blast Man - My knuckles are permantely deformed, but I took great pleasure beating all my bigger mates!

And what was that arm wrestling game????? That was always a good one to (try desperatley) get girls!
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Post by quangdx » Thu May 31, 2007 2:20 pm

bonerlaw wrote: Gradius (i think!) - It was an actual walk in, closed unit, where about 6 people sat down and played to get the highest score. Was at Meadowhall in Sheffield, anyone help me out who can remember this one??
my guess would be galaxians3
http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7889
there was a version of it for the Playstation

retro gamer did an article on all the galaxians, issue 32.
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Post by bonerlaw » Thu May 31, 2007 2:28 pm

quangdx wrote:
bonerlaw wrote: Gradius (i think!) - It was an actual walk in, closed unit, where about 6 people sat down and played to get the highest score. Was at Meadowhall in Sheffield, anyone help me out who can remember this one??
my guess would be galaxians3
http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7889
there was a version of it for the Playstation

retro gamer did an article on all the galaxians, issue 32.
Nice one!!! Yeah, I read the article, but it never clicked!! That link is the exact unit as well! Only played it once, and got the high score as well!!!! 8) (Mind you, I was 15 and all the other guys were pissed students!)
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Post by paranoid marvin » Thu May 31, 2007 2:36 pm

Star War Cockpit - ok its not hydraulic cab , and quite a sedate experience
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Post by Argo » Thu May 31, 2007 5:55 pm

Raystorm - We lived in a pub when i was younger and i had the keys. It would have cost me about a billion pounds to complete it without the key i reckon. A great shmup and fiendish after a few levels

4 Player WWF Wrestlefest - RSI inducing goodness for 4 players. GREAT

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