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Top Ten 1-Player Arcade Video Games

I used to LOVE going to the arcade. There was something about the whole ambiance that just enhanced a certain gaming experience for me.  I’m planning on discussing home consoles in further depth within this series, but for now I will say this: once Sega decided that the home console market was no longer a focus (I loved my Sega Genesis!), it went all out in creating fabulous arcade games.  Some of these are mentioned in this post.

I’ve already covered my Top Multiplayer arcade games in a previous post, and so this time around I wanted tackle my favorite 1-Player arcade games.

10. Silent Scope (Konami)

Silent Scope arcade video game

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This gem of a machine by Konami game came out after I had become hooked on the Time Crisis series, & it was great to play through the actual scope.  My inner snipper couldn’t have been happier in the arcade.  Playing through the scope, also, created a sort of focus cocoon while at an arcade.  You were more focused on the game than in normal instances.  The story was not the draw for me, as much as the experience this arcade came created.

9. Paperboy (Atari Games)

Screenshot from the arcade video game Paperboy by Atari

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Who knew that vicariously having a paper route would be so fun?  Well, apparently, some marketing genius at Atari Games did!  I even played this on my NES when it came out.  It seems so weird to me now, but there was great satisfaction in throwing a paper perfectly into the mailbox of someone who had a subscription.

8. Donkey Kong (Nintendo)

Donkey Kong arcade video game  screenshot

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The inspiration for Mario of Super Mario Bros., & clearly riffing off of King Kong’s kidnapping tendencies.  Ladders, barrels, a very upset giant ape.

7. Q*Bert (Gottlieb)

This game had it all: funky looking main character, trippy color combos, & jumping diagonally.

6. Frogger (Sega/Gremlin)

Screenshot of Frogger arcade video game instructions.

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Crossing the street has never been so fun, frustrating, & deadly!  Why the frog in Frogger couldn’t swim & why those diving turtles were so treacherous are still unknown.

5. Pac-Man (Midway)

Screenshot of Pac-Man's start screen.

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One of the first arcade video games that made a big impression on me.  This was all about memorizing the paths of the ghosts & outsmarting the pattern.  Also, I love that the characters had nicknames!

4. Dragon’s Lair (Cinematronics)

Screenshot of gameplay from Dragon's Lair arcade video game

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Laserdisc technology meant amazing graphics! You get to direct the choices of Dirk the Daring (which is a great name BTW) in this great arcade RPG.  You basically need to make the “right” choice or poor Dirk instantly died.

3. Star Wars Trilogy (Sega)

This arcade game cost me a bunch of money in 1998, as I gladly took part in some of the most memorable battles of the Star Wars trilogy.  Battling Darth Vader with a light saber: check! Fly a X-Wing on the assault on the Death Star: check! Trip up a AT-AT on Hoth: check! Parry blaster shots from Boba Fett with your lightsaber?! Check!

2. Galaga (Namco)

Screenshot of gameplay from the arcade video game, Galaga

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I love this game! If I see this arcade machine anywhere, I play it.  I cannot even adequately describe why I like it so much, but I had a moment of epiphany recently while playing the opening sequence of the campaign mode of Call of Duty: Advance Warfare.  There is a swarm of flying drones that are attacking your unit in Korea & you need to jump into a tank to take them out.  Once in the tank, you take control of the turret & the swarm of drones becomes a modern version of Galaga!  I keep replaying that sequence just for the sheer fun of reliving Galaga. Granted you end up needing to use an EMP to take the swarm out completely, it is just all kinds of nostalgic fun.

1. Ms. Pac-Man (Midway)

Screenshot of one of the 4 mazes in Ms. Pac-Man arcade video game.

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One of the most famous Ms. ever.  Talk about fun!  Obviously a spin-off of Pac-Man, this game was fun in its own right because it had different mazes that alternated, instead of the same maze.


 

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Defined my childhood: console video games

#tbt: Defined My Childhood: ATARI 800 & 2600

Atari console

Atari = old school gaming

The consoles that started it all for me.  My maternal grandfather always loved technology & so, when the ATARI 800 came out in 1979, he bought the console for my mom.  I’m not sure if this is something she asked for or not, but I reaped the benefits!  I was a precocious child, so I was very interested in technology & how things worked.  I especially enjoyed puzzles & patterns, something that has stayed true to this day.  I played Pong a lot, though my mom says I wasn’t very good.  But hey, as a 2-3 year-old, I think I was pretty awesome!

In 1985, my mom bought the ATARI 2600 for Christmas, since she saw I enjoyed playing the ATARI 800 so much. The elegant simplicity & simultaneous complexity of the games this console brought into my life were wonderful.  I loved the joystick controller; some games should only be played with a joystick, in my opinion.  There is no doubt in my mind that my affinity for arcade machine controllers with joysticks stems from my ATARI 2600 playing. [See my post on my top single-player and top multiplayer arcade games for more.]Atari joystick

Both ATARI consoles were an important introduction to video games & they began my diverse interest in gaming genres. It also helped hone my developing eye-hand coordination, which would serve me well later on as a soccer goalie, volleyball player, & 1st base in softball.  I don’t remember playing ATARI games that were multiplayer with anyone other than with my mom, so it definitely wasn’t something that I remember bonding me with other fellow emerging gamers.

In upcoming posts of this series, I will be discussing the games that really defined my childhood on these consoles (in no particular order): Centipede, Joust, Pac-Man, Pong, & Space Invaders.

Do you have any ATARI memories?  What ATARI game made the biggest impact on you as a child?

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