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Date Posted: 10:19:54 12/16/01 Sun
In reply to:
's message, "Re: re: the quote at the top of the page" on 13:16:22 12/14/01 Fri
Now, there's a game that I remember too... unlike that Harry Chapin thing that we discussed a little while back, heh. Feel better, LS? ;)
I even played this when it was still in the arcades.
For those who've never seen or heard of Qix (I think that's correct sp), you have to draw rectangles while a twirling group of lines goes around the board trying to hit your cursor while you're drawing. The slower you draw, the more points it's worth also. It's one of the classics.
Some honorable mentions, imho of course --
The original Pitfall that was made by Activision for the Atari 2600: Yet another game with simple graphics, it was addictive for me when it was in its prime. This game featured Pitfall Harry, whose only true powers were to run, jump, crouch, climb ladders, and swing on vines over big swamps sometimes infested with gators. This game had above-ground and under-ground levels on the same screen for each frame. Yes, this game changed screens whenever you ran off the screen going left to right, or vice-versa. This was a definite symbol of the primitive Atari games; albeit more advanced than Combat and Space Invaders. That's why it was so cool.
Donkey Kong - This Nintendo game was the debut of Mario's character which sparked the many Mario sequels and the addition of his brother Luigi in the original Mario Bros game. This game, of course, featured Donkey Kong the barrel-throwing gorilla. Mario's mission was to save his princess from the ruthless ape. It had 3 or 4 different levels if I remember right. The "tough" level was the infamous conveyor belt level. This game was really popular in its time and a beginning for one of the most enduring video game characters. Now, they've given us Pokemon. Joy. Goodbye, Mario. *sniff*
Okay, one more, but there are many others that I can write about.
Turbo, to my recollection anyway, was the very first game with a steering wheel. This was a Formula One/Indy type of auto racing game with a High/Low gear shift and a gas pedal. Of course, auto racing games are still very popular today. Now, you can race against at least two other people on the same system at the arcade. Racing games will never die because they are probably the most fun for when you feel like some good competition.
P.S. Remember the Pac-Man Fever album?
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