[QUOTE=Viper82]If there is one thing I miss about the 80's, it was the arcades. Nothing was more fun than sweating bullets and trying to focus through all the noise while playing the next great title. We used to have a chain here in Eastern Canada called Electronic Avenue that was in pretty much every mall imaginable. Sadly, the few arcades that remain are now known as 'Family Amusement Centres' relegated to the back corner of a mall or movie theatre and are NOTHING like arcades of old. The old arcades brought in a few troublemakers but they also created a buzz that attracted us kids to the mall.
The only real arcade I've seen recently is (or was, it was 5 years ago) located in downtown Toronto and besides being in a downright scary location, it was a classic old school arcade. Shame that today's boring and dying malls can't put these hangouts back in!
viper, yeah, i hear ya. i loved going to the arcades in my youth. when i was an early teen, my two friends and i would go to pittsburgh and watch a pens game, pro wrestling (hey, we were young and stupid, as opposed to now, when i'm old and stupid). we would go up after school on friday, stay at my friends grandmother's friday night, and leave saturday evening back for home. we did this every month for three years, from late 82 to late 85. other than seeing the pens and pro wrestling, we spent pretty much all of our time in the arcades. games like sinistar, food fight, star wars, discs of tron, journey, dragon's lair, tempest, etc. etc. etc. all have great memories for me.
i told this story in a previous post a few years ago here, but one more flashback in the time machine. during the summer of 1982, an arcade opened up in our town, and i would walk two or three miles just to go there. i went there a lot. it was a pizza shop/arcade, and the owner gave away a free 16 inch pizza if you got a new high score for the week on one of the games. the owner kept the high score and your name on a high score list, and during the summer, i won 45 sixteen inch pizzas. i had a single mom and a disabled brother, and we had no cash, so my mom loved the fact that i was bringing home pizzas for dinner almost daily. memories, memories.
my friend who i went to pittsburgh with in the 80's is still my best friend, and he's been talking about going to funspot for the weekend. i live in southern california, so it would be a hike, but we're still trying to set our sights on playing games non stop for one weekend. maybe you can't go home again, but i think once i set foot in the arcade and see all the great games from my youth, i'll be in nirvana.