50 Best Arcade Games - I Love IT!
by Michele Christopher
Welcome to Day 3 of the nominating process for The Almost Final Countdown - Arcade games edition.
We are almost hitting the top of the nomination list, so if you don't want yours to miss out, you better get it in.
A lot are nominated, but haven't been "officially" been put in yet.
Herein comes the problem. We are looking for the ones that got more than one nomination. So if you said something earlier in the poll and you haven't seen it yet, to make sure it gets in on the top 50, nominate it again.
The first two nomination lists are here and here.
The official "list" from the reader nominations are:
2. Tecmo Super Dodge Ball
4. Spy Hunter
7. Bubble Bobble
8 Robotron 2084
9. Pole Position
10. Donkey Kong
Pretty cool list we have started here, eh?
Want to see the next ten?
Then here we go.
11. Mortal Kombat 2
This game haunted my nights. I guess it was just the all out ass kickiness(?) of the game that made it so great. Maybe it was the way there were really no hard "secret moves" or anything hard you had to memorize. Now, games like this have something like 20 different things you have to get down to really kick ass.
L R L L U D A B L R??? What the hell is that? Memorizing moves like that ruined all the new fighting games.
I miss simple moves like the ones in Mortal Kombat.
Get off my lawn.
12. The Simpsons
I missed this one, so maybe I am not the best person to review it. It sounds fun, but I never have seen it. Doesn't mean it wasn't cool. It just means that my measly arcades never had it. And I worked in arcades. I don't know how it slipped by me. But I guess it is cool. So it is up here.
I have no idea who thought of this concept, but I like it. A happy game. You bonk them on their heads. Turn them into eggs. Then capture their eggs. But don't let them hatch. Or they will grow up to jousters. Then they will catch an ostrich and fly away. Then you must bonk them on their heads again.
I mean c'mon. That is a pretty stupid premise for a game. It reeks of Doug Henning.
But you know what? Damn, that game was fun.
14. Smash TV
Coming out right after "Running Man" of Arnold fame, this game had a great idea. Kill people for cash. That was it. Kill those bastards live on TV and get paid.
15. Total Carnage
Part 2 to Smash TV and my personal favorite. Take one kid on really bad methamphetamine with a pocket full of quarters and you got him (me) in front of this game for 12 hour stretches. Covered in sweat, trying to destroy the baby food company before Saddam (that was Saddam, right?) unleashed his hell upon the Earth. Sure it was a quarter sucker, but it was a good quarter sucker.
I forgot how much fun this was until I found it online a few days ago. Somehow I lost about three hours last weekend playing this game. It was that fun. I don't know why I always thought these games were so hard back then. I was so scared of smashing the last asteroid before I was directly in the middle of the screen to get the perfect angle for the new wave that would come at me.
Hell, last weekend I just hit the thruster and fired in circles. It seemed to work the same.
And I think I did a pretty good job.
/And who made the rule that if you Kamikaze the alien ship, you die??? That's a lame rule. I think we should both be destroyed if I ram that fucker. - T
17. Golden Tee
Doesn't matter what year or version it was. Gimmie a trackball, half pack of smokes and a few pints of beer and this game was mine. Is it just me or were these games ONLY located in bars?? Not much skill involved here. Maybe holding your piss til your round was over, but that's about it. Push, slam, or whack that ball as far as it can go and drink another beer. I don't really think anyone cared how badly they did either.
I mean, how many times did you just say "fuck it" and just hit in the woods?
18. Punch Out
NES had nothing on this. This was fun. This was fighting. I am sad that wimpy little NES Mike Tyson came out and soiled my memories of this great game. Hell, I can't remember half the characters now. This is all NES fault. I remember Bald Bull...that's about it. The rest are all the NES characters I remember. Damn it. Now I am going to have to go find it somewhere.
19. Battle Zone
A game truly made before anyone cared about getting the germs and sweat of strangers on their faces. Step up and mash your face against the eyesight and destroy some tanks. I am assuming many communicable diseases made this game their home back in the day. But it was still cool to see the little tanks blow up.
20. Star Wars
Minus the annoying talk in the background (Yes. Yes I do know we lost god damn R2, ok?) this was a fun game. Just shoot the crap out of everything. Try to shoot Darth (Did he ever die?) then hit the Deathstar...one more time. The game was repetitive as all hell but you have to admire the Empire.
They sure built them Deathstars fast.
So those are ten more that made the list..
But, we still need 20 more. If you don't see yours on here and it has been nominated in the past, nominate that sucker again and get it on here!
Nominations are open til Friday, and this is the place to do it. And the more people that nominate a game, the more likely it is to get into the final poll.
Now I have to go find who the other characters were in Punch out.