Ok, for a lot of you younger peeps, unless you are into history and are extremely estute when it comes to games, this blog post will probably fly right over your emo haircuts, come back around, reflect off your fake metal spike belt, and reflect off your teachers cornea, distracting them for a brief minute, untill they recoup, and finish trying to teach you about Ancient Egypt. However, that doesn't mean you can't put down the black hair dye for a minute and google two great classics, maybe even download and play the bad boys. Although, it wouldn't be the same as if you were in an actual arcade in the mid to late eighties, when you didn't need twenty bucks to play a few rounds, back then, a game play was only one quarter, not a buck for five minutes of zombie killing. Although, the pain of a quarter for five minutes back then was probably the same as a dollar for five minutes today, so you got me, we're even on that one, inflation, what can I say.
Track and Field
Two classics, Track & Field, for one, if there was ever a need to control sweaty hands, this was it. Track & Field was a button mashing fest the likes the world will probably never see again. In fact, the entire game was built around who could crush buttons the fastest. I even maybe firmly believe that these game was the spawner of the first popular game cheat, the infamous turbo button. Competing on this game was intense action, why, becuase by the time you completed a running event, you had so much emotional and physical energy invested, you were basically ready to tear your opponents head off, literally. I may be dating this quite a bit now, but loosing at this game time and time again to the same opponent would make you want to turn to him and say,,, I wish you were never flame broiled!
Karate Champ Kung Fu
Now for an extra classic, and if anyone out there has ever had the priveledge to play this in arcade form, I say we all need to get together and have a reunion of sorts, because it was a trully special experiance to have been a part of.
Karate Champ, where you had two joysticks per player, 4 total on the machine, and timing and joystick combinations were everything. I can't really write on this blog too much about it, it's on the level of kiss and tell really. But, there are downloads out there that you can try, but, the actual details of the arcade experience and this game,, I just can't bring myself to get into. If I could turn back the clock, I'd bring some GhostGrip with me when I planned on playing this game.