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Not the worst (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8786493)

I seen worse, lots worse. Good places to look are small time airports in the back rooms near the gates. Dang.

I agree (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8786587)

This is nothing. At least the game machines had the correct sidepanels and banner titles, and no one was currently having *sex* on them...

Bad memories...

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8787759)

Shameful but true. I ran an arcade for the "bent nose" crowd when I was a teen down on the Jersey shore (bout 30 miles south of where this article took place). The sidepanels were correct on the machines, but there was lots of people having sex on the games, skee-ball, etc in the off hours (yes pool tables too) and the drug trade in there rivaled Bogota. Ah those crazy 80s...

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8787863)

100% lie.

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8787949)

100% troo. Why is it so hard to believe? I was 18 and well on my way to chemical destruction in the first place. The place made money and cleaned their cash, which was their only concern. The cops in the town were partying with us, so no hassles there. Anyone who knows the Jersey shore will attest to this behavior happening all over the frigging place.

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788169)

Why is it so hard to believe?

Why? I'll tell ya why.

I was .. well on my way to chemical destruction in the first place

There ya go, druggie.

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788189)

You're just pissed cause your teens sucked and you're still fat and lonely. Drugs are great wheee

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788215)

Hey my teens were an excellent time! I'm not fat but could definately consider myself lonely sometimes :)

'Drugs are great wheee' do mess up your brain, can't deny that.

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788240)

Aww some of my post got cut off, boo :(

I must be on drugs, wheee

Saw this on Fark (1)

Pluvius (734915) | about 10 years ago | (#8786495)

Didn't bother asking this question because the thread was already old, but what's that odd looking game that's standing beside the pinball machine in the wide shot?

Rob

Re:Saw this on Fark (2, Interesting)

00420 (706558) | about 10 years ago | (#8786723)

Good question. It appears to be working too even though the article says that only one game was working.

Re:Saw this on Fark (1)

Carnildo (712617) | about 10 years ago | (#8786777)

Didn't bother asking this question because the thread was already old, but what's that odd looking game that's standing beside the pinball machine in the wide shot?

No idea, but judging from the bulge of the screen, I'd say it dates from the 70s.

Re:Saw this on Fark (1)

cgenman (325138) | about 10 years ago | (#8787347)

It has a touchscreen, which guarantees it is one of those Multiple parlor game / card game type machines. You know, the ones that don't count as videogames but they put them in bars so that people without enough money to actually gamble can pretend to do so.

Touchmaster 5000 (3, Informative)

hiroshi912681 (589840) | about 10 years ago | (#8788054)

I've seen a lot of these games... I do believe it is the "Touch Master 5000" (possibly the 3000?) from Midway. It has a variety of games built into it. One of the best games on it is Quiz Wiz. Well worth the 25c. And if you get the top score, you get a free game. You'll find card games like solitaire, word games, chess, checkers, and weird mini-games...

I don't believe it's emulated... which is a shame, there aren't enough cool quiz games in English to play

Re:Touchmaster 5000 (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | about 10 years ago | (#8788962)

Ahhh no. The worst game ever was an import Arcade in a pizza shop down my street a while back.

- The game was in some dirty old wooden japanese case with japanese instructions on all buttons.

- The plug outlet was converted from the japanese wall adapters so that it could fit in the wall.

- The game consisted of this arkanoid like paddle except all you do is move the paddle left and right to get attacked by samurai stick figures.

- Monocolor screen + the greasiest joystick I have ever seen.

- It had an american 25 cents slot + yen slot or something.

Re:Touchmaster 5000 (2, Interesting)

DeadScreenSky (666442) | about 10 years ago | (#8789045)

I actually looked briefly into trying to emulate one of those systems - it is basically a standard X86-based PC, IIRC. So it is potentially really easy to emulate, though I am pretty sure stuff like MAME is actually very poorly equipped to do just that (though it is probably getting better). Might have some very tricky protection, however - other PC-based games (like Raiden Fighters series) certainly do, probably because the hardware is so easy to get.

I never played the quiz game, but the various Playboy games were pretty fun. My gf and I would play a few rounds every time we drove to and from college - a nice break for a 4 hour drive. :D

Re:Touchmaster 5000 (2, Insightful)

hiroshi912681 (589840) | about 10 years ago | (#8789640)

maybe a heavily modified bochs would work for the quiz game? =P

I'm a bit shocked the Raiden Fighters series ran off a 386... I don't see how they did it... considering it's leaps and bounds above any shooter I've ever seen on PC from that era. (anyone remember Kaeon or that shmup from Apogee?)

Re:Touchmaster 5000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8791706)

that shmup from Apogee

You mean "Raptor: Call Of The Shadows"?

Re:Touchmaster 5000 (1)

Night Goat (18437) | about 10 years ago | (#8798983)

MAME won't emulate these kind of games because there's no emulation necessary; it's already running on x86. So it ends up being just plain old piracy to run the quiz games on your home PC. Also, there's some encryption involved via a card on some. There was a discussion about this a while back on alt.games.mame, and the consensus was that it wouldn't be emulation at all.

Ah, dammit... (1)

damiangerous (218679) | about 10 years ago | (#8786616)

I hadn't checked X-E in a while and I'd just been catching up on it. Guess that's not going to be lasting much longer.

The world?? (1)

cloudless.net (629916) | about 10 years ago | (#8786733)

I thought the world was a lot bigger than Atlantic City. Come on! That's nothing compared to arcades in China, or other devleoping countries.

Re:The world?? (1)

Xaymot (754751) | about 10 years ago | (#8789795)

Yeah, your right. Those Atlantic City pictures didn't show any dead children with quarters in their hands.

  • http://www.cdmag.com/articles/027/024/vgk.html

There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (2, Insightful)

EaTiN cOfFeE bEaNs (513655) | about 10 years ago | (#8786761)

Snyder's Hot Buffalo Wing Potato Chips. Holy Christ. It's like they took a bunch of regular ridged chips, wiped 'em along the sides of long discarded Domino's Pizza buffalo wing boxes, sacked 'em up and shipped 'em into the stomachs of unsuspecting chicken and potato fans nationwide. Most people would have a hard enough time picturing a chicken-flavored potato chip that sounds remotely palatable, but even if you can, it's not this.

I, too, have come across these, and at my old high school at that. However, this was quite possibly the best-sounding flavor. How about dill pickle flavored chips? Or how about Coney Dog flavored chips? Trust me, you got the best of the bunch. Stick to Snyder's pretzels and nothing more.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

seinman (463076) | about 10 years ago | (#8787409)

Holy shit, you actually eat? You're so skinny, we figured you hadn't eaten a meal in at least five years.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

TVmelissa (310905) | about 10 years ago | (#8787676)

How about dill pickle flavored chips?

Hey, don't knock the Dill Pickle chips. IMHO, "Lays" Dill Pickle is the third best potato chip flavour in the world, close behind "President's Choice" Sour Cream & Onion and "Ruffles" Sour Cream & Onion. ISTR that Dill Pickle chips are one of the things Americans find strange up here in Canada.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788675)

Firstly, fuck the Canadians, eh. (Contractual obligations require that I make that disclaimer.)

Secondly, I agree that there is nothing wrong with dill-flavored potato chips. I have had them before and they are fairly delicious. IOW, I agree with you, you damn Canuck sub-human.

Eh.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

Fizzog (600837) | about 10 years ago | (#8789041)

I remember the local delicacy when I lived in a town in Kent in England for a while.

Imagine a small pack of Cheese and Onion potato chips (crisps as they are called locally)...

Imagine a pickled egg from a jar of pickled eggs...

Imagine opening the pack of chips, throwing a pickled egg in the bag, holding the bag closed in one hand and proceeding to squish the egg and chips between your fingers for a minute to get the whole thing nice and mushy...

Now reopen the bag and enjoy!

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

MegatronUK (756725) | about 10 years ago | (#8790077)

Here in jolly old England, we regulary have crisps (translated: 'potato chips') forced upon us, with such flavours as:

Chocolate
Worcestershire Sauce
Baked Beans
Curry
Lamb and Mint
Gammon and Pineapple
Hedgehog(!)
Mustard
Tomato Ketchup
Brown Sauce (the strong stuff made by HP, Hammonds, etc.)

They're usually only for a few months a year as 'test' flavours by the crisp makers, but bleurgh!, its long enough.

Actually, one of the 'test' flavours was 'Paprika' a few years ago, it proved so popular its now a regular flavour (Walkers MAX paprika... mmmm).

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

Dr. GeneMachine (720233) | about 10 years ago | (#8791587)

Here in jolly old England, we regulary have crisps (translated: 'potato chips') forced upon us, with such flavours as:

...

Hedgehog(!)

Err... Hedgehog??? What would that be? Stewed hedgehog? Crispy fried hedgehog? Hedgehog barbecue? Hedgehog with mint sauce??? I mean, I knew you Brits are kind of strange, aren't you, but hedgehog???
And you still wonder why your empire fell???

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

MegatronUK (756725) | about 10 years ago | (#8792142)

I believe it was either roast or barbecued hedgehog. Stewed? Ewwww.. now that just *sick*

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

banjobear (711108) | about 10 years ago | (#8791840)

Mrs. Banjobear informs me that Paprika flavoured crisps taste just like American "Barbecue"-flavoured, in case anyone cares.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

esswedl (649024) | about 10 years ago | (#8793416)

On vacation in Delaware last year, I discovered Old Bay Seasoning potato chips [taquitos.net]. They were prominently displayed at supermarkets and convenience stores everywhere I went in the DelMarVa region--and lots of the seafood places I ate at also used this seasoning. The chips were pretty good, although it looked like someone had just taken a bag of regular potato chips and dumped a pound of paprika in it. They were strangely addictive, but also off-putting: after a few handfuls you had to stop eating them or risk taste-bud-blowout. This recipe for making your own Old Bay Seasoning [recipesource.com] seems to indicate celery seed is more of a major ingredient than paprika.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

EaTiN cOfFeE bEaNs (513655) | about 10 years ago | (#8799082)

I stand corrected. I'm glad that I've never had to see those, let alone taste them, here in the states.

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

krymsin01 (700838) | about 10 years ago | (#8790115)

They have these in the vending machines where I work. Honestly, I don't think they are that bad. Then again when I'm in the break room I smoke three 100 cigarettes in about ten mins, so my tastes might not be spot on, y'know?

Re:There are much worse ideas from the Snyder camp (1)

dustmote (572761) | about 10 years ago | (#8791298)

I liked the buffalo wing potato chips. Then again, I like things that are really spicy. A friend of mine who also tried them called them Potato Harbingers of Painful Death. I don't think he cared for the spice. My favorite weird little chips are the Steak & Onion flavored chips, I think they're made by Tom's.

[off-topic] Speaking of worst games ever... (3, Interesting)

empaler (130732) | about 10 years ago | (#8786763)

When I saw the headline, I remembered the worst FPS I've ever tried; In Pursuit of Greed [softdisk.com] - the color scheme and 3D engine somehow worked together to create a nauseating experience. I actually had to stop playing the demo because I got physically ill from looking at it!

Re:[off-topic] Speaking of worst games ever... (5, Interesting)

cgenman (325138) | about 10 years ago | (#8787539)

What, you don't remember the infamous Chex Quest? [mobygames.com] It used the Doom engine, but really looked like something Wolfenstein would be ashamed of. It even had two sequels [mobygames.com].

I guess it is weird enough to escape a "worst of all time" label. But it should garner a "best of so-bad-it's-good." Sometimes you can find them online [fileplanet.com].

Re:[off-topic] Speaking of worst games ever... (1)

Pluvius (734915) | about 10 years ago | (#8787766)

HOTU (warning: pop-ups) thought that Chex Quest was great.

But then, they thought that freaking Battlecruiser 3000 was great.

Rob

Chex? (2, Interesting)

empaler (130732) | about 10 years ago | (#8788062)

Wtf? I don't even know General Mills. I'm from Denmark* - but from the looks of the screenshots, the game wasn't physically challenging, just aesthetically unpleasing.

- You might think I'm just exaggerating to get my point across, but I did *literally* get nauseated. I tried to keep playing for a while, the little nerd that I was (I'm not little anymore), but it overcame me. The music was ok, though...

* (The Kingdom of Denmark doesn't officially have any military but our "Defense" - yet we've invaded a country several times larger than our own.)

Ouch...the bandwidth costs... (4, Funny)

Gothic_Walrus (692125) | about 10 years ago | (#8786770)

Off-topic, but indulge me...

Now I feel very bad for Matt, the site's owner. The site is already popular enough...but now the link for this article has made its way to Fark (as much of his work does) and to Slashdot.

Poor Matt...say goodbye to your house. You'll be living in a cardboard box from now on... :)

Re:Ouch...the bandwidth costs... (3, Informative)

simoniker (40) | about 10 years ago | (#8787039)

We perhaps still need some way to signify this, but fortunately for Matt, this isn't a mainpage Slashdotting, but a games-sectional Slashdotting, which is more like a breakfast kipper to the face than a large fish slapping you into a canal, if you get my Python-esque drift.

Or unfortunately, if he wanted the traffic, I guess. YMMV :)

Re:Ouch...the bandwidth costs... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788144)

Isn't his site owned and hosted by UGO? It's not like he has to pay the bill every month.. just has to put up a lot of obnoxious ads.

Boring writing. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#8788094)

While the concept was mildly intriguing to me, this guy is just not a very good writer. I mean, I'll give him credit for mostly correct grammar and spelling, but the style sucks. Where's tim rogers when you need him?

Re:Boring writing. (1)

oskillator (670034) | about 10 years ago | (#8788164)

For me, and I hope for most, a work doesn't need a high score in Concept, Content, and Execution to make for an enjoyable experience. Just one will suffice, if it's high enough.

Re:Boring writing. (1)

onya (125844) | about 10 years ago | (#8789649)

> Where's tim rogers when you need him?

Busy being the lead singer for You Am I, I suspect.

This ain't nothin' (4, Funny)

mrpuffypants (444598) | about 10 years ago | (#8788257)

My parents are both postal workers. One day I was vititing them and noticed that they had some arcade machines in the break room. One was a shooting game. The poor trigger had been worn down to a nub from all the people playing constantly, shooting villans and innocents on the game.

nah. That's not totally true but it would have been hilarious if it was.

Re:This ain't nothin' (1)

eoyount (689574) | about 10 years ago | (#8793428)

Guybrush Threepwood.

Shoot, you can't mod me up because you've already posted in this thread. So much for karma whoring.

Ok, i just blew both eyes out... (1)

bergeron76 (176351) | about 10 years ago | (#8788790)

Ok, after reading this older article [slashdot.org] and FINALLY training my eyes to see those goofy 3d images that people used to look at endlessly in the malls (which are actually kinda cool, I must say) - I was trying to look at the image from this article [peel.com] (the one in this story) and I think I just blew both eye-gaskets. I thought I saw something form in the middle of the image, but it turned out to be a 1/3 block of "TV STATIC".

Drat!!!

Re:Ok, i just blew both eyes out... (1)

Migrant Programmer (19727) | about 10 years ago | (#8789683)

You're not crazy =)

It's just a two frame GIF animation. The second frame is the same as the first, except it's flipped (mirrored vertically). I checked it out with the Gimp and ImageMagick.

A pattern seems to appear in the center of the animated image -- the easiest thing to pick out is a circle just to the right of center.

I can also see an albatross/transformer dude/helmet turned on its side. It's just an artifact of using a mirror image instead of generating another random static image, I think.

The death of pinball? (1)

tedgyz (515156) | about 10 years ago | (#8790656)

I went to my favorite arcade the other day, hoping to get in a good pinball game. They had a measly 3 (lame) machines hidden on the top floor.

Can anyone recommend a good pinball arcade in the New Hampshire area?

Re:The death of pinball? (1)

White-out_On_Screen (766364) | about 10 years ago | (#8791988)

I'm guessing you went to Funworld in Nashua. It's a bit of a drive, but Funspt up in Weirs Beach has a much better variety (or did, the last time I was up)

Re:The death of pinball? (1)

tedgyz (515156) | about 10 years ago | (#8792174)

Yes, I went to Funworld. It used to be the best arcade. It was there before the arcade boom and survived the arcade bust. Sadly, it has morphed into a chuck-e-cheese clone. I imagine they had to do that to survive.

"When I was a kid..." Funworld always had the latest games. They used to put the newest games up front and center when you walked in the door. I still remember when they got the first pinball machine that talked. It was "Gorgar" or something like that. That was bleeding edge technology back then.

Re:The death of pinball? (1)

Joseph Vigneau (514) | about 10 years ago | (#8792154)

Can anyone recommend a good pinball arcade in the New Hampshire area?

Doesn't FunSpot have a decent pinball collection?

Ride-A-Rama (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | about 10 years ago | (#8791104)

Used to be my hometown had an arcade. A real one. People lining up, putting their tokens on the screen to play the next round of Street Fighter. The works. There were several pinball machines, mini golf, and Lazer Tag upstairs.

Those days are gone. There's a Staples there now.

Some of the games from that arcade made it into a back room at our local ghetto mall along with an assortment of kiddie rides. The result is called "Ride-A-Rama" and it looks like all that equipment was set up there and promptly neglected. Half the arcade machines are broken; the rest have such severe monitor burn-in that you can barely make out what's on the screen.

I'm afraid one of them kiddie rides will break down and some toddler will get hurt.

World Cup Pinball (2, Funny)

riggwelter (84180) | about 10 years ago | (#8791191)

I started university over here in the UK In '94, and my hall of residence's bar had various pinball tables over the five years I was there, including the World Cup '94 one, it was possibly the most fun I've ever had with a set of flippers and a little metal ball.

The great thing about it was that it was designed in the States, the one nation on earth that doesn't get football. It showed.

At no point in playing this table did any of the bonuses, options or 'rounds' bear any resemblance to real football terminology. I'm so glad they didn't, it was much more fun taking the piss out of it while playing it for three or four hours a day.

Now, why didn't I get my degree again...?
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