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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 23, 2019, 09:52:38 AM »
Rampage was awesome!

Some others I forgot to mention: Robotron 2084, Tempest...and once arcades had a bit of a resurgence in the late 80s/early 90s thanks to games like Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, and T2: The Arcade Game.

Speaking of T2, the pinball machine took a lot of my quarters too (along with Star Trek: The Next Generation).

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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:08:28 PM »
Karate Champ and Track & Field ate a ton of my quarters. They were both at the party store down the street from me where I grew up, and I spent plenty of time there. Was bummed when they took those two out until I decided to give the game they replaced it with a try...Mat Mania.

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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:03:25 PM »
Kung Fu Master
Puch out
Mat Mania
Ring King
X-Men
Joust
Defender
All American Football
And although technically not an arcade game, Air Hockey

Absolutely sucked at the arcade version of Punch Out lol. Think I beat the second guy (Piston Hurricane?) maybe once.
And no offense, but I'd whoop all y'all in Air Hockey. ;)

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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:01:37 PM »

LOL and here I thought I was the only one!!
That was the game where the ref's count was, one, two, threeeeeeeeee! wasn't it? lol
Man, I was an arcade junkie growing up. It was go kart tracks and arcades and I ruled them all with an iron fist ;-)
I was seriously adept at gaming back when. Had the Madden tournament been a few years earlier, I have no doubt I could've performed well.

In any event, Asteroids, Defender, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Track & Field, whatever that two player karate game was, Missile Command, Dragon's Lair...I guess Ill stop there ;-)

That's the one! The main character was a Macho Man Savage looking dude, it was great. But damn those matches got difficult the further you advanced lol...think my quarter made it to the 4th match maybe once.

You thinking of Karate Champ? Loved that one too! You listed off some good ones...always made sure to have a pencil handy for Track & Field haha.  ;)


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Video Gaming General / Re: Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 21, 2019, 06:58:20 PM »

Growing up? Jeez

X-Men, Ninja Turtles, the Simpsons arcade game are immediately the big 3 that come to mind. My brother and I had DigDug on our PC and used to play it all the time too.

Good ones! ...and IIRC both TMNT and the Simpsons Arcade Game are in the PSN Store. Were for PS3 anyway.

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Video Gaming General / Retro Arcade Gaming Thread
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:58:27 PM »
What compels this thread? Well...Time Pilot.

So anyway, I've been searching for this game for a long time and Chicago does have a bunch of Barcades in the area. None of them, however, had a Time Pilot machine, and that is one of my all-time favorite arcade games. Just hadn't been lucky enough to find it...until yesterday.

Turns out the PS Store finally released a port of that game around the middle of April and I didn't know it until then. $7.99 well spent. :) Add that to my classics on the PS4, along with Ms. Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, and Double Dragon II. Mat Mania is another one from the 80s I loved dumping quarters into, and may pull the trigger on eventually.

What were some of your favorites growing up and on your wish list to see?

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation Days of Play Sale 2019
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:51:00 PM »
Ended up going with Horizon Zero Dawn and Detroit: Become Human. Zero Dawn is beautiful so far, and the story has me curious enough.

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Other Sports / Re: The 2018-19 NHL Season Thread
« on: June 15, 2019, 12:00:13 AM »
Congratulations to Not Boston for winning the Stanley Cup. :D

Seriously though, the Blues run was impressive...the team was in last place in January (yes, even below teams like the Wings and Hawks who were predicted to suck this season).  :o To end that with the franchise's first Cup? I can respect that.

Added bonus was seeing Bruins shitheel Brad Marchand crying at the end of Game 7. Lol f-ck that guy.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation Days of Play Sale 2019
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:53:31 PM »
Still haven't pulled the trigger on a single game here yet lol.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: NBA 2K19
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:52:20 PM »
Thanks for the heads up!

Not sure how long this will last, but decided to start a MyLeague as the Pistons using a custom roster (which in turn means you have to start from Opening Night and not the offseason) and Player Lock on PG. Will probably sim a good portion of the season so that I can get to the 2019 NBA Offseason and draft, which thanks to a tear in the space/time continuum will feature the 2003 NBA Draft class. As GM of the Pistons, I don't plan on drafting Darko Milicic again.

Currently have PG Reggie Jackson on the trading block, and still, have not decided whether to add C Andre Drummond to that list. Looking to acquire shooters and picks because my team currently has no 2nd round picks the next two seasons (good lord Tom Gores is an idiot).

Just in case you did not realize it you can shorten the season if you want.  I play the shortest season so I can play the games.


I always think about doing this in like MLB, but I'm such a control freak I don't like my players being in games, collecting positive or negative stats, and having 0 control over their performance.

It's only a video game, I shouldn't care so much, and yet.

I'm somewhat the same. I won't shorten the season, but I'm starting to get more to the point where I don't mind focusing on the managing/GM part and simming a good portion of the season out. Once I hit the playoffs (if I hit the playoffs) it's play every single one though. Same thing with NHL and MLB if I ever start up a franchise in those. NFL and NCAA Football are different in the sense that since the seasons are much shorter, I'll play them out.

As for the modes like MyCareer in this, RTTS in MLB though? I'll almost always play them all. Since it's only one player (mine) with skin in the game, I feel more of an attachment (and in an odd way responsibility) to make sure my player is developing as well as he can. This game was the first one in a very long time (MLB 17 maybe?) where I didn't sim out a single appearance: the Prelude, all 82 regular season games and 18 playoff games. The off the court stuff definitely helped as far as the immersion factor went, as did teams (as far as I could tell anyway) playing true to what they do in real life (and let me reiterate again just how much of a nightmare Golden State is to play against). Today was the first time I played with a team other than the Rockets, and it took a bit of time for me to adjust to how the Pistons play. I like that.

MyCareer was an absolute blast for me, especially once I leveled up my PG a bit. I could hold my own against some guards, and if I was matched up on a backup I tended to hold on to the ball more or call for my shot once I knew I was open. Guards I was evenly matched with (Lonzo Ball at the beginning, Jrue Holiday, Kemba Walker later), we could battle back and forth a bit. The elite guards like Steph, Russell Westbrook, Dame Lillard, and Uncle Drew though? I had to be on my game because any letdown typically led to me paying for it. Even when I was on it was more about limiting the damage because those guys were gonna get their points. Loved the challenge.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: NBA 2K19
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:22:01 AM »
Thanks for the heads up!

Not sure how long this will last, but decided to start a MyLeague as the Pistons using a custom roster (which in turn means you have to start from Opening Night and not the offseason) and Player Lock on PG. Will probably sim a good portion of the season so that I can get to the 2019 NBA Offseason and draft, which thanks to a tear in the space/time continuum will feature the 2003 NBA Draft class. As GM of the Pistons I don't plan on drafting Darko Milicic again.

Currently have PG Reggie Jackson on the trading block, and still have not decided whether to add C Andre Drummond to that list. Looking to acquire shooters and picks because my team currently has no 2nd round picks the next two seasons (good lord Tom Gores is an idiot).

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Basketball Discussion / Re: 2018/19 Season Thread
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:28:34 AM »
Toronto Raptors win NBA Championship, like everyone predicted. Just bumping this to say that PGs:

Kyle Lowry
Fred VanVleet
Jeremy Lin

Now have a championship ring before Chris Paul has made a Finals appearance. Enjoy the summer! 🤣🤣

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College Ball / Re: Urban Meyer is in deep ****
« on: June 09, 2019, 02:28:23 PM »

One hell of a legacy for migraine boy Urban. 🙄

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation Days of Play Sale 2019
« on: June 08, 2019, 05:42:13 PM »
Haven't played those either but I thought for sure most of the Clancy games the strength of those was online play. Played the first Division game for a little bit but wasn't all that impressed.

Forgot about Detroit: Become Human, that game really looked interesting last year. for $7.99 I might have to snag that...heard amazing things about Horizon Zero Dawn too and that's only $9.99.

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Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Playstation Days of Play Sale 2019
« on: June 08, 2019, 05:01:31 AM »
I was looking at Uncharted 4, since Iíve got the other three...but Iím still playing through the first one and that was a year ago lol.
Contemplating MLB 19 and Tekken 7, although since I already have MK11 Iíll probably hold off on the fighting game.

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