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16: Pocket Full of Quarters
If only we had one in Northern California...

If only we had one in Northern California…

My wife and I recently returned from a very fun trip to the East Coast.  We visited Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.  We saw tons of cool stuff, historical sites, shops, places to eat, etc… but one of the places in particular was AWESOME, and the Locos would have loved it, the Barcade. Apparently, there...

Super Yorimichi Bros.

Okay, here’s some more dork history for you: The true sequel to the most popular video game of all time, Super Mario Bros. was never released outside of Japan. According to Wikipedia, “The extreme difficulty and often frustrating gameplay made Nintendo of America deem the game too hard for American consumers; it was feared it...

Tokens!

I don’t know how this discussion got passed up in video games topic, but I just remembered, and had to post something about our high school Chuckie Cheese days. Chuck E Cheese to most people outlived it’s “coolness” by the time you reached say 12 years old. But Jaime, Pepe, Eduardo and I managed to...

’80s Gam’in Memoirs

Found Memories of the TIME ZONE and the Gold Mine. I actually had a birthday party once at the TIME ZONE. It was incredibly orchestrated by my mom who sent out invatations to all the kids a made a whole futuristic video game theme out of the proposed event. Having a party there was chaos....

Confessions of a Former Nintendork

Sometime around ’86 or so, I went downtown with my mom to go grocery shopping. On the way home, as usual, she stopped at Rex’s Market on Placer to pick up some choice meats and assorted sundries. I followed her in, knowing that I’d have about 20 minutes to read comics, play video games, or...

Random Local Arcades

EARTH STATION I The Earth Station was a super cool arcade. The stairwell you had to climb up… the space motifs, and does anyone else remember the theater they had in there? I was only lucky enough to visit the Earth Station on a couple of occasions, and I remember there being a movie being...

A Tribute to Redding’s Forgotten Arcades

As I’m sure many would agree, Redding’s Downtown Mall hosted two of the greatest arcades the city has ever known. The mighty Earth Station I was totally weird and cool; they certainly earned points for originality in regard to the interior of the place. it was all tricked out with funky mirrors, black lights, and...

Eureka! It’s a Gold Mine… or maybe a “Quarter Mine”

Redding’s first arcade that I remember was the Gold Mine. It was a great arcade, perfect in the sense of what an arcade should be… dark and full of the newest greatest games. They didn’t have any silly token system, which I thought was nice… games were made for QUARTERS!!! Anyhow… the Gold Mine was...

Electric Dreams

PET shop boy I remember my first encounters with PET. Our neighbor across the street was a classroom aide for a local school, and somehow she was allowed to take one home for the summer. I’m still not sure WHY a school would allow a classroom aide to take, what at the time, was a...

Battle on the LED gridiron

Back in the Early 80’s, I believe 1980 to be exact, I was a young first grader attending a nice wholesome Catholic School. I was raised Catholic, and all of my brothers and cousins attended the Catholic School up on the hill here in town. My 2 oldest cousins, my older brother and I all...

Pac Man Fever Strikes at Home

Sometime around 1984 or 1985, my folks got my sister and I an LED Tomy Pac-Man game. It wasn’t the Atari 2600 I had wanted, but it didn’t matter. It was awesome. We played it constantly, and I managed to get pretty good at it after a while. It was hard, too – after you...

Straight Up Old School: The Commodore PET

It was 1982. Our second-grade teacher, Mrs. Fife, announced one morning that “someone special” would be coming to visit our class, and that we’d be introduced to the mystery guest near the end of the day. It turned out that the “guest” was actually a computer. Not just any computer, mind you, but a state-of-the-art...