Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Blackjack, Nov 18, 2007.


  1. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Off of survival and politics for a minute.


    I loved pinball machines from a young age. My fondest memories are of my dad taking me to the "Stucco House" for a choc-cola and some pinball. And I progressed from there. I was a young teen in the golden age of the video arcade, then we got an Atari system, and I just kinda never stopped loving those old games.

    Anybody Else?

    If you do love old games, you may not have heard of "emulation". This is where your computer "pretends" to be old hardware (like a pacman machine or an atari) so the original software program will run on your computer just like it did on the original machine.

    Basically, you can play just about ANY old game from your childhood by using an emulator. And they are FREE!

    Arcade Games - Any of 'em. Over 4,000 are emulated. http://mame32fx.altervista.org/download.htm

    Old Computer Games - Apple 2, Commodore 64, Amiga, more. Here's a list at wikipedia with links List of computer system emulators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Home Videogames - Atari, Colecovision, Nintendo, Intellivision, Genesis, more. Atari 2600 here http://stella.sourceforge.net/
    here's a list with links at wikipedia to a bunch. List of video game console emulators - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Pinball - Technically a sim - Hundreds of pins from the '30s to present. More complicated... here is a guide http://vpforums.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=17218

    Even the old Mattel Handheld LED games like Football, Auto Racing, Basketball, they are all available. http://www.peterhirschberg.com/handheld/ledhead/

    I don't play modern computer games much, I don't own a playstation or an Xbox, but I love my old games so much that I bought an adapter for my computer so I can use a real atari joystick while playing atari on it. I also (a long time ago) paid 600 bucks for a custom made arcade cabinet control panel for my arcade game emulators. It's got a spinner for games like "Tempest" and a trackball for games like "Centipede", and it even has pinball buttons on the side.


    If there is ANY old game you remember and would like to play again, let me know and I'll help you out.
     
  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    ?? Is that like a chocolate Coke?

    Cool! I'm gonna' check those games out! I like the classics far better than some of the new ones.
     
  3. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    It was a chocolate milk soft drink, kinda like "yoo hoo". I loved those!



    If you have any trouble finding something just let me know.
     
  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    Okay, Blackjack.

    I was thinking your underlined words (above) were just links that I could click on, pick my favorite game from a list and play. No-can-do!

    So... I googled centipede emulator, and came up with something that has lots of links, but still no game to play. :(

    You're just teasing me, right?

    (I've never tried Yoo-Hoo.)
     
  5. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    Nope, no teasing.

    Go here and Download the 0.120 binary. http://mame32fx.altervista.org/download.htm

    The program is called Mame. It stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, and it's the program that will run over 4000 different games all by itself. You just need a seperate small bit of software called a "rom" for whatever game you want to play ( pm me an email and I'll hook you up for that).


    It's not difficult, I promise.


    It's gettin late though, If I go on to bed, I'll get to you tomorrow and you'll be playing centipede, frogger, pacman, whatever you want.


    There, I put some links on the first post.... sorry 'bout that :)
     
  6. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    YAY!

    Thank you so much!

    I am totally addicted to Pinball Machines...have been since I was a kid and we used to go to Folly Pier, back home in Charleston....And they had some at the Skating Rink too.......


    I can't wait to play it! [beer]
     
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    Quick legal notice.......


    The emulators are 100% legal, but to use a games "rom" image legally you must own a copy of that game. Same deal as with music mp3 files, you must own the original to legally use the copy.
     
  8. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    Parents beware, if you introduce your children to video games be prepared to get your butt kicked eventually.

    Been playing video games since the Atari and Commodore 64 came out. I can remember playing pinball and video games at the arcades for hours. We would play Asteroids, Centipede and Space Invaders on one quarter for quite sometime, damn I'm dating myself. Boy those were the days, life was so much simpler then.

    I have owned just about every video game platform ever marketed; Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Playstation and Playstation 2. I've given away all the above except the Playstation 2. Once the Playstation 3 comes down to a reasonable price I'll purchase it, I can't justify $600 on a video gaming system. Some of the first person games are better on a PC; Halflife, Unreal Tournament, Ghost Recon. Yeah, I've been a video game junkie for quite sometime.
     
  9. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    Re: Other Arcade kids? Game Lovers, Pinball, Atari, anything

    I still have my old Atari 800, Atari 65XE and Commodore 64 machines, along with lots of software. I still play some of the games occasionally.
    I did get a download package awhile back with 80 Atari classics, to run on my PC. The problem is, they often don't work well using a mouse! There is simply no substitute for a good joystick!
    I do have the old SEGA and early Nintendo machines too, but have few games for them. I simply couldn't justify the cost of the newer game systems!
     
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