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TAFC#2: 50 Best Arcade Games - Part 1
by Michele Christopher
After the finish of The Almost Final Countdown #1 The Fake Bands Edition, we thought we would jump right in with TAFC #2. Congratulations to Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Band for winning the first TAFC, but we need to move on.
For some strange reason, we have been playing a lot of old games. Well, I have been playing a lot of old games that I totally forgot existed and in going through the collective that is FTTW, we realized a bunch of games were great, almost incredibly great, but were forgotten.
So we decided to take these games, the ones that were great, and list them. To figure out what was and is the best all time arcade game that ever was. From Pong to whatever the hell is out there now, let's list them and see which ones stand up to the vote.
Same rules as last time. Nominate whichever ones you want. We get 50 and list them out as the week goes on from your nominations. At the end of the week, we take them all and you vote on them.
So let's start this.
The 50 BEST Arcade Games
Baby Huey gets things started with a bang. And a crash. And an explosion.
Oh, man. I love this game. I'm not even a big video game person. But I love this game -- Wolfman was my guy. I'd always play as wolfman. GIANT WOLF. CRUSH BUILDING. EAT PEOPLE. I loved it. When you beat a level you got your name in a fake newspaper. You got to break shit and you could get shocked, and you never died. You just turned into a naked dude. That's AWESOME.
Turtle sticks you with the POWERBALL!!
This was one of the greatest games ever made. Sure it was forgotten in the great rush of crap games that came out in the late 80's. Whilst the line for Double Dragon streched out the door, this game sat in the corners waiting to be played by only those who were too tired to wait for Double Dragon or were just bored. But, when this game was activated, a whole new level of gaming came in. Super Dodge Ball!! Here you had to take the USA to the top while beating the other countries on their home turf. Dodge ball style.
What was really funny about these games were the stereotypes of the playes came into the game. Iceland is cold so you play on slippery ice. Kenya is in African so you play on slow dirt. Japan always passes the ball to their leader who makes the big throw. Germany is a bunch of huge thugs. India is quick . China is a bunch of small guys who get together and gang up on you. The USA were the superstars.
See, that's Techmo Super Dodge Ball.
Always striving for racial equality while sticking you with the powerball. - T
“Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert!” I can still hear that loud and clear in my head as if I was still standing there, beer balanced on a barstool pulled up next to the machine, quarters laid out in a row as if to say to anyone else “This is my place. I’m not leaving. Don’t even think that you are going to get anywhere near this game tonight. Cause I am on fire and fucking Evil Otto is going to die a brutal death this evening.”
Except Evil Otto could not be destroyed. I knew this, knew this was how the game worked and there was nothing I could do about it, but that did not stop me, especially when I was drunk, from thinking that one more quarter, one more game, would let me somehow find some deep, dark secret hidden deep within the code that would let me destroy Otto.
“Chicken! Fight like a robot!" How could you not love a game that mocked you? -M
And thefinn starts looking for some action:
Oh yeah… Slide into the seat, check the wheel and drop the quarter into the slot. The familiar “Peter Gunn” theme starts up and you’re ready to roll. Spy Hunter let me relive just about every pre-adolescent fantasy I had about James Bonds’ Astin Martin. Hauling ass in that souped up little white ride, shooting everything is sight (Who cares if you don’t get points for killing the civilians ?), just trying to get far enough so you can get resupplied by the weapons van. The smokescreen was great for those bulletproof bastards, the oil slick took the piss out of that damned limousine and the missiles dropped that that damned dogged helicopter out of the air. I would spend hours in that seat, just trying to get the car along, a little further down the road. This game had it all; civilian deaths, burning helicopters falling from the sky and enough action to make you want to blow your entire allowance in a single afternoon. Even if it was just to die in a fiery crash by the side of the road. --F
Now we need you. You need to tell us what we need to put on the list. This will go on each day untill Thursday when we put them all together.
But for now....
what games were the best?