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16: Pocket Full of Quarters

Amor de Eduardo Para el Atari

LET THE GAMES BEGIN After we moved to Redding, I became more familiar with the seemingly magical Atari 2600. At that point, I still hadn’t succeeded in convincing my parents to buy one, but my new friend Pepe had a great setup with a whole bunch of games. I used to go over to his...

Yes, it’s Teens night, and the feelings right…

Eduardo mentioned Chuck E. Cheese. It was videogame Mecca. They always had more than their fair share of current, and classic videogames. The games all ran off of Tokens, instead of quarters. This actually turned out to be better. The good folks at Chuck E. Cheese figured out, that they could entice kids in to...

Where quarters are seperated from your pockets

My fondest memories of arcades are from my local pizza parlor, Round Table. While we did have the Gold Mine, and for a short time, the infamous Earth Station One, the RT by my house was the one I frequented most often since it was within walking distance. When this RT opened in the early...

Block vs. Dot : The Magic Begins

Much like Paco, my first video game memory is of the Pong setup that my aunt and uncle had at their place. We went to visit them over a weekend, and I was mesmerized – not just by the bouncing dots, but by the fact that you could actually control what was on the TV....

Frontline.

As far as standup arcade style games went, Frontline was one my favorites. Sure, there were games that looked better graphically, like Dragons’ Lair, Space Ace, etc. This game for whatever reason totally consumed my time at Chuck E. Cheese, or the at Round Table Pizza, only 4 minutes walk from my house where Frontline...

Atari vs. Activision

The Atari 2600, as mentioned, was pioneering ‘, man on the moon’ levels of technology. It broke ground, never before conceived by children. It was amazing in every sense of the word. To fully appreciate the 2600 now requires a deep sense of retrospect. No one who didn’t own one when it was first released...

Bring in the Stand-ups

Not too long after I was blessed with my Atari 2600, bigger and even cooler video started to arrive in my beloved town. The big stand-ups started to show up. It all began when the large dirt lot in front of my neighborhood was transformed into a shopping center. All the kids in the hood...

Twenty Six Hundred

ATARI A year or so after my first experience with Pong, I was treated to a great surprise one summer. I believe I was 5 years old when this happened. I remember this VIVIDLY. I came home from being out somewhere on my bike, and there was a bunch of kids hanging around our TV....

The Dawn of Video Games

So my first memory of video games goes back to my Grandparents. I can remember being 4 years old and going over to my Grandparents house, and witnessing a J.C. Penney pong game. It’s kind of funny, but being 4 and seeing a “video game” for the first time was fascinating. There was something about...

Megamaniac

Activision made a game called Megamania. It was similar to Space Invaders, only instead of aliens systematically weaving their way down towards your “fighter”, different food items and dice [which looked nothing like food items, or dice], rained down upon your ship.– moving side to side, diagonally, or strait down. Unlike Space Invaders this game...

Arcades and Ataris

Let’s hear about all of those nostaglic stories of playing video games as a kid. This is for telling stories about visiting arcades and pumping your hard earned allowance into a classic old video games. You can also discuss home video game fun, but it must not be post “Genesis – Era”. Game on.