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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Frogger...PacMan...Space Invaders...

Japan is a country with a long history of advanced culture and civilisation...and, perhaps, most importantly...

Video Games:



...We spotted these original arcade cabinets while walking around our neighbourhood one night...and it got me thinking about Atari and the 3 games I loved playing the most - PacMan, Frogger and Space Invaders! We didn't actually own an Atari, but I have very fond memories of visiting my friend's house and playing for hours.


What were your favourite games from the 1980s?
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13 Comments:

  • At 6:11 pm, Blogger Mike said…

    My personal favorite video game from back then was Defender. I hate to think how many quarters I fed into that game.

    Michele sent me.

     
  • At 6:55 pm, Blogger Catherine said…

    I liked PacMan, but on our home computers - I've never played at video arcades.
    Thanks for your comments on Heathrow - we are seriously considering Manchester, we can arrive there if we fly on Singapore Airlines or if we pay quite a bit more and fly on Emirates (I assume there must be extra comfort for the extra money or they wouldn't stay in business).

     
  • At 7:12 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Mike: I don't know Defender...guess I'll have to do some googling!

    Catherine: Both Singapore and Emirates are great airlines to fly with...definitely worth the extra cash for a more relaxing trip!

     
  • At 12:11 am, Blogger Bearette24 said…

    ooh...atari. i had one growing up, and in junior year of college, my next-door neighbors had one! so exciting. i love frogger, pitfall, donkey kong...

     
  • At 8:58 am, Blogger Stepherz said…

    Miss Pacman and Donkey Kong. Oh! And Frogger, of course!

     
  • At 10:21 am, Blogger Amy said…

    My all-time favorite video game is Ms. Pac-Man. Any time I can find one in a bar these days I will be there for hours. I love that game! I also loved all of the games on my original Atari & Nintendo systems -- Centipede, Mario brothers, Frogger, Galaxa, etc. And I loved Pong, on my Commodore 64 ;-)

     
  • At 4:36 pm, Blogger nutmeg said…

    Oh Amy's comment about the Commodore 64... what a blast from the past. So to the Atari.

    But do you remember the floor mounted games in big boxy consoles that you looked at from the top? I distinctly remember one of those that had a very early edition of space invaders. All the "big" boys hogged it so I never got much of a go but I watched alot!

     
  • At 8:04 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Bearette: There really is something special about Atari!

    Stepherz & Amy: Is Ms PacMan different to PacMan?

    Nutmeg: One day I want to own one of those game tables!

     
  • At 5:10 am, Blogger Amy said…

    Yes, Ms. Pac-Man is superior to Pac-Man in that as you advance levels, the screens change. In Pac-Man, you play the same screen over & over, just the difficult increases. In Ms. Pac-Man, the difficulty not only increases, but the screens change. Much better!

     
  • At 10:34 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Amy: Thanks for the explanation! Now I want to try Ms PacMan ;)

     
  • At 9:15 pm, Blogger Louise said…

    I LOVED frogger, though most of the time I only played it at friends houses or at school.
    You can play it now at http://www.play.vg/games/9-Frogger.html
    but I had to quit cold turkey when I got addicted to it.... beware....

     
  • At 12:12 am, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    Louise: Well I am definitely NOT going to go to that site...scout's honour ;)

     
  • At 1:50 pm, Blogger Gabby Girl said…

    I loved Frogger and feel like I am playing it in real life every time I cross a street in China. There was a Helicopter game that I liked to play as kid where you had to save the people who had been captured, but I can't think of the name right now. Golden Axe was another of my arcade favorties. If my brain wasn't so retarded, I could name a few more, but in my old age of 25, I am having a hard time remembering them.

     

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