If there’s one gaming platform that the kids of today really miss out on, it’s arcades. Yes, there are still a few machines at entertainment centres, hidden among the weird ticket-dispensing games that hark back to those times when a 50c coin (or a 20c coin, if you’re sufficiently old enough) was your gateway to a good time. They’re one of the reasons I love videogames, and I remember much of my youth was spent looking for good home console and Pc ports of great arcade games. These days, they’re redundant, because you can get better gaming experiences at home, but they’re an aspect of gaming I really miss.
It’s no secret that my favourite arcade game (and one of my favourite games of forever) is Street Fighter II – and yes, its million or so rehashes – and nearly every single cent I had was spent perfecting my hadoukens and shouryukens, and later, challenging everybody in my neighbourhood in head-to-head competition. While multiplayer for games exists online now, there’s something special about a bunch of people all huddled around a screen and cheering people on as their coins, piled up around the edge of the cabinet proclaim that they’re next.
Before street fighter, my arcade game of choice was very probably Rygar, though I was happy to play just about anything. Even Altered Beast.
What are YOUR favourite arcade games of yore, and why?
Last Updated: November 21, 2014