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In an arcade with only the following games ...

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I'd play pinball
  10841 votes / 47%
I'd play Dragon's Lair
  1705 votes / 7%
I'd play the 1983 Star Wars
  3670 votes / 16%
I'd play Yie Ar Kung Fu
  989 votes / 4%
I'd play Defender
  2890 votes / 12%
I'd play Sea Wolf
  715 votes / 3%
I'd play Q*bert
  1597 votes / 7%
I'd play Thirst for Blood
224 votes / 0%
22631 total votes.
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  • Preview (Score:5, Funny)

    by SleazyRidr (1563649) on Thursday November 14, 2013 @08:02PM (#45428179)

    Does the poll submission form not have a preview button?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I'm <em>not sure</em> it would help. ;-)

    • We finally found the most boring poll ever.
  • Missing option (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I would watch others play
    • by flyneye (84093)

      Pool would have been nice.
      Snooker too.

    • I've been watching since 1973. I played Pod Racer and Need for Speed, just a bit. About two weeks ago I started learning a FPS.
      I'm currently integrating a Steam Server.

  • Yie Ar Kung Fu (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Black LED (1957016) on Thursday November 14, 2013 @08:30PM (#45428437)
    I used to have so much fun playing Yie Ar Kung Fu. It was impressive how many moves the player character "Oolong" had and I liked the varied styles of enemies. Definitely an inspiration for Street Fighter and in turn Street Fighter II, with all of the versions, sequels and prequels that brought along.
    • by lgw (121541)

      Yie Ar Kung Fu.was maybe the first game I was good at. I remember getting "perfect" the full cycle of opponents, and maybe the first guy on the second cycle. Tried playing it recently and couldn't understand what I loved about it. I think I'll stick with the nostalgia version.

  • Correction (Score:5, Funny)

    by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland@yBLUEahoo.com minus berry> on Thursday November 14, 2013 @08:40PM (#45428523) Homepage Journal

    I would play a mean pinball.

  • Ms. Pac-Man (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TeamSPAM (166583) <flynnmjNO@SPAMemail.com> on Thursday November 14, 2013 @08:46PM (#45428569) Homepage
    Complaining about the poll options is a given. But seriously, were is the Ms. Pac-Man option?
  • Shitty arcade (Score:5, Insightful)

    by artor3 (1344997) on Thursday November 14, 2013 @08:53PM (#45428631)

    No Pac-man? No Dig Dug? No Galaga or Raiden or 1942/3?

    I'll take my quarters and go home.

  • I can tap buttons at home.

  • by ciaohound (118419) on Thursday November 14, 2013 @09:25PM (#45428851)

    Spy Hunter was great. Driving with forward-firing machine guns, running bad guys off the road or laying down oil slicks, all to the Peter Gunn theme.

    • by Greyfox (87712)
      Oh yeah! I could play that thing pretty much as long as I wanted to on one quarter. I figured out the pattern so all I ever got in the weapon trucks were the oil slicks and missiles. I had to avoid the temptation to get the boat, though. The boat was a lot harder to control and usually ended in death. I got pretty good at clipping the bumpers on the cars with the wheel spikes and knocking them off the road without getting my own tires slashed in the process, too. IIRC, last time I ran across the game in a w
  • I'd play <em>Entity Encoder</em>

  • I guess it's factor of age, but about the time when video games started happening I was already using computers for work stuff. A C-64 with Paperclip and Multiplan (?) as I recall.

    I just never had the time, or the inclination to really learn any video games, and the same has remained true for 20+ years. I'll occasionally dabble with a game that comes my way, but I quickly realize that to be good at it would take way more time than I'm willing to waste. Or that the game would take hours and hours to com
    • by gl4ss (559668)

      "Or that the game would take hours and hours to complete."

      but that's exactly the point - to "waste" as many hours as possible. but I suppose if it's not sucking you into it then it's not worth the time.

      but games are the future of low eco impact entertainment - they're also something that are sort of an equalizer; doesn't matter how much money you have you're still playing the same game as the dude with ten million dollars. kinda like books in that way. they're also the great time use multiplier, suppose roc

    • by tgeek (941867)
      Going with pinball for similar reasons . . . and hopefully the choice of machines would be from, what for me, is the Golden Age of pinball: late 70's to mid-80's when the machines were still all mechanical but the scoring was electronic. A few favorites from my rusty ol' memory: Alien (damn it seemed wide!), Six Million Dollar Man, and Playboy. Seems all the "current" -- gotta put that in quotes because I'm honestly not aware of when the last new machines were produced -- are all too gimmicky and convo
  • by xaosflux (917784) on Thursday November 14, 2013 @10:07PM (#45429073) Homepage

    This poll needs more options badly!

  • by swm (171547) * <swmcd@world.std.com> on Thursday November 14, 2013 @11:25PM (#45429469) Homepage

    Oh man...I used to play that until there were Mikeys flashing on the backs of my eyelids when I closed my eyes...

    • Oh man...I used to play that until there were Mikeys flashing on the backs of my eyelids when I closed my eyes...

      Yeah, those old arcade games did always have a lot of problems with burn-in.

  • I guess I'd read a book.
  • by locopuyo (1433631) on Friday November 15, 2013 @12:18AM (#45429777) Homepage
    I would play em all
  • by Greyfox (87712) on Friday November 15, 2013 @12:48AM (#45429961) Homepage Journal
    Discs of Tron and 360 degrees were two of my favorites back in the day. Funnily enough I remembered all of these except Thirst for Blood. I despised Dragon's Lair. Sure it looked freaking amazing back in the day, but there wasn't really a lot to the game. It was more fun to watch other people shovel THEIR quarters into, because some of the death scenes were pretty funny.

    I've always liked pinball and to this day I'll play a game or two if I happen upon a working machine.

    The 1983 Star Wars was pretty nifty too but it ramped up to evil pretty quickly and I was never able to keep up past that point.

    Yie Ar Kung Fu I was pretty good at. I don't remember any of the moves now though.

    Defender... I never saw anyone who was actually good at THAT.

    There wasn't much to Sea Wolf.

    I didn't much care for Q*Bert but my dad and sister kicked ass at the game.

    I was reasonably good at Galaga, but my sister kicked the shit out of the game. I mean she just beat it brutally. I could play Spy Hunter for as long as I wanted to on a quarter, and she could play Galaga for as long as she wanted to on one quarter.

    I had a lot of fun with Elevator Action, too. That was a nifty little spy game and I could get it rolling for a reasonably long time.

  • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Friday November 15, 2013 @01:03AM (#45430035)

    I know some -- but not all -- of these game titles. Many of us are in the same boat. Some of us are too old, some too young. Your mission, as a Karma Whore, is to provide relatively useful links for all the poll options. This message will not self destruct because the self destruct HTML tag isn't being interpreted properly right now, but please proceed as if it would . . . soon . . .

    • by Bucc5062 (856482) <bucc5062&gmail,com> on Friday November 15, 2013 @10:04AM (#45432217)

      My poll choice, Sea Wolf [wikipedia.org]

      I know most of the games, but back in the day, quarters were very important to me so stuffing them in a machine was not a common option. I spent mroe time playing Space War from the HP3000/HP150 era, what ever game I could find for the C64, and I rolled my own a times.

      I think the best "game" I played was programming. I loved (and still love) to take an idea and see if I can "win" by making it come to life. I even wrote some simple games, but mainly to play at learning. As I think about this now, back when I started out in programming (late 70's early 80's) it seems more fun then it is today, the learning part. That's 30+ years of working I guess. It stops being a game and becoming just work. (Geeez, that went dark in a few sentences).

      Not on the list, but an arcade game I enjoyed was Moon Buggy. A fun crawler game that did not involve a monkey or a plumber.

  • ...while taking breaks from pinball.

  • by kria (126207)
    Now, if any flavor of Gauntlet were on the list, it would win for me, so instead of I picked Pinball.
  • by Princeofcups (150855) <john@princeofcups.com> on Friday November 15, 2013 @10:15AM (#45432321) Homepage

    Sinistar.

  • Tempest (Score:5, Informative)

    by NormalVisual (565491) on Friday November 15, 2013 @10:25AM (#45432439)
    No love for the greatest vector-scan game ever?
  • Is there a limit at 7? Seems like there are a lot of missing options. I think everybody just chose pinball because that's the 2nd best option to their favorite game that is missing. I would've chosen Spy Hunter, Pole Position, or the full motion Afterburner cabinet. Never heard of that Kung Fu game though, even after looking it up.
    The arcade I went to the most also had a go kart track though, so that's the real winner.

  • I'd play Pac-Man, Burger Time, Donkey Kong, A.L.C.O.N., Black Tiger, Rygar, Samurai Shodown, Crossed Swords, Pulstar or Blazing Stars before playing any of those choices.
  • Yie Ar Kung Fu. But only if it's the MSX version.

  • Metal Slug and Time Crisis were the two games I loved playing in arcades.
  • I chose the Pinball option. But if it had Galaga and Gorf - I'd have to split my time 3 ways between Galaga, Gorf, and Pinball.
    • Gorf!
      I loved that game. As a kid, I always felt it was a great bargain, since you got to play different games in it.

  • The third annual Kong Off [denverpost.com] will run this Friday through Monday.

    Cheers,
    Dave

    • by Tackhead (54550)

      The third annual Kong Off will run this Friday through Monday.

      Lots of places to play even if you're not competing.

      Denver, CO: The 1-Up [the-1up.com] (official Kong-off location)
      New Hampshire: Funspot [funspotnh.com]
      Portland, OR: Ground Kontrol [groundkontrol.com]
      Vegas: Pinball Hall of Fame [pinballmuseum.org] (might not have Donkey Kong, but it sure is fun.)
      SF Bay Area: Pacific Pinball [pacificpinball.org] and High Scores [highscoresarcade.com], and many more [simoncarless.com] smaller spots.

      Who's missing from this list? Where's your town's reboot of the vintage arcade?

      • by pspahn (1175617)

        If in Denver, don't forget about 2-Up either, their spin-off bar that's (IMO) a more relaxed place to drop some quarters. LoDo (where 1-Up is) has too many frat-bros and NFL entourages picking fights.

  • Not many of them are arcade classics. These were mostly the 2nd and 3rd options when you couldn't get on the good machines.

  • In college, I shot my heart rate to near 200bpm playing Defender. I stopped at that point...but I'd do it again now 30 years later.

  • I used to be able to play that game for hours on a quarter. No short cuts and beat the game.. no wonder they took that out of arcades..
  • Back when it was still considered a modern game, Defender was my favorite in the arcade for a while. I was a fan of that old Star Wars game too, but for some reason I did better at Defender than others (maybe I'd only go through $1 in a 20 minute period - that's four games at 25 cents each - I wasn't very good) so it was my favorite for a while. Actually I was in high school around that time and had Defender and other Atari titles for the Apple II, so played them in the school computer lab too (unless I got

  • Though, it's worth noting that in the age of Call of Duty, EVE Online, Team Fortress 2, etc. Pinball is still extremely relevant. Bringing Pinball back to Windows would be a really smart thing for Microsoft to do because it's the only thing that would be likely to entice me into upgrading.
  • How 'bout them darts then? Throwing small weighted weapons through the air when slightly inebriated is always interesting.

  • Depends on the pinball machine. Pinbot? Definitely.
  • Most arcades suck

    They are full of first person shooters, combat games, and racing games.

    I'm pretty sure most people have abandoned arcades because they can get better versions of those things at home, do, and play them for hours on end.

    If you had the older arcade games in an arcade, it would see a lot more business; so there are basically only 3 or 4 options in this poll (where the 4th would be the Star Wars game, and that would be being generous) that are worth the quarters.

    I go to 5 different movie theate

  • Star Wars! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CohibaVancouver (864662) on Saturday November 16, 2013 @10:07PM (#45446037)
    I think a lot of today's whippersnappers fail to realize how impressive the Star Wars Arcade game was in 1983. I mean you played POV as an X-Wing pilot, shooting at TIE fighters, and then flying down the Death Star Trench. It may not look like much now, but 30 years ago, there was nothing else like it in the arcade.

    Here's a taste -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm_gg7geX_c#t=1m18s [youtube.com]

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