There's no cheat code to escape!
St. Louis County, 1984
My first job:
🏰 Arcade manager at Magic Castle Pizza -- a medieval-themed Chuck E Cheese knockoff
👾 10 pinball machines, 30 arcade cabinets, 3 skee-ball games
🧝 Green polyester serf outfit
🪙 Token dispenser
🗝️ Keys to the cabinets
Fun! Totally reminded me of being in an empty arcade when I was a teenager. Spooky on many levels.
I love Centipede myself, but pinball has become my big fascination.
This interactive story device is really inspiring me lately.
This was an interesting change of pace. I enjoyed the feeling of moving around in an uncertain pace. Hard to do with text, but you guys done did it! Also, I love that Adventure Snack is now big enough to support contributors!
I don't know if I have a favorite retro arcade game, but when I have the chance I always hit up Centipede and Galago. I like PacMan too. And if I really want to get weird, Joust is there for me.
Glad to see that Fix Your Mother’s Printer is going to get made. I think this one is really going to connect with a wider audience. Can't wait to play it, but right now, I'm living it.
This was a change of pace, more of a puzzle to solve compared to other adventure snacks. Text adventures like this can be hard on me in terms of figuring out what to do and what exactly has changed. But I was able to escape the arcade, didn't waste time with the prize counter, felt like that option was just asking for the rat to finish the sandwich and punish my greed.
There's a retro fighting game I actually take part in tournaments for via emulation, Avengers in Galactic Storm, and yes Avengers as in Marvel's Avengers. It's based off the Operation Galactic Storm storyline and is an interesting time capsule of Marvel, since you get characters like Black Knight and Thunderstrike playable while Iron Man is only an assist character.
You can call on different assists depending on if your character is an Avenger or Kree, though the community developed and now uses a mod to make all assists universally accessible, and make the boss CPU only character playable (personally I preferred the faction based assist system). I usually roll with Black Knight + Vision's assist attack, have sometimes used Supremor.
Oh and while I haven't gotten a chance to do it myself, it actually has a co-op mode vs AI. You can only use the Avengers, but there's unique team super moves for each possible co-op team. That's still pretty unique for a fighting game I'm sure. If you're interested, try looking into Fightcade. Actually Fightcade is a great hub for emulation of arcade games in general, not just fighting games.
I've gotten lost as a child and it was scary experience, especially on vacation. But I found my way back. For the arcade prize it depends on what's available. If they somehow have a Steam Deck I'd totally get that, they like to dangle video game consoles as impossible prizes like that. Or maybe a cool figure.
Since I wasn't born yet in the 80s not sure if I can capture the vibe or trends that well, so I'll just make a store in general where there's no reason it couldn't have been a thing in the 80s.
Game N' Play, a combination library, video game store, and arcade. There's a special section for video game related books and video games based on books, you could get The Hobbit (as in the video game for the Gamecube) and the Hobbit (as in the book) in one go. Also has that cool Nintendo World Store/ Pokemon Center exclusive merch except in a nationwide chain, yes this part is pure wish fulfillment.
Quotes to live by: "If playing text adventures on your APPLE II has taught you anything, it's that you should always pocket keys."
I never spent much time playing arcade games because I grew up in a country town where there was no such thing. Also even if you went to an arcade in the cities in Australia they cost like 1 or 2 dollars to play.. not a quarter. So it actually always felt like a rich persons pursuit (that's why every arcade was filled with moustachioed men wearing top hats and tails). However, when I was in high school the bowling alley in my town got a DDR machine and I got so good at that.
I've played heaps of MAME emulated stuff over the years though but I still don't think I can answer the question.. Galaga is a good pick though.
I got lost when I was four years old by running into an elevator at a mall. I got out on a floor and started roaming about. The weird thing was there were other people on the elevator, you'd think think they'd be like 'Hey that kid just got away from his parents better look after him!" but, no.
My shop would be a boutique-y place called Walkman's, with classy cut outs with the kinds of geometric abstraction reserved for T-shirts of the era and the Saved By The Bell opening. We'd sell anything related to walking; leg warmers, giant clunky pedometers, jellies, those shoes that used to pump up for some reason... and the titular Walkman.