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#1 retrorussell OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 4:26 AM

Hey gang,
What were the loudest arcade machines you can remember? The ones that you clearly heard the booming, zapping, crashing, etc. from over the other machines.
I hated when they were just as loud in their attract/demo mode. Shut up already!

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 4:42 AM

I'm guessing there's no easy way to answer this, 'cause I'm sure the arcade operators had the option of adjusting the volume levels on these machines. Also, it seemed a lot of them would get real quiet, or go completely silent, because their speakers were blown.

What I have always loved, though, were the rich, musical tones that emanated from Tron and Reactor.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 8:26 AM

No matter what arcade I was in, Sinistar always seemed to be really loud and heard over just about every other game. Might have been because it spoke and laughed while in Demo mode. I also think the Black Night Pinball machine had the same effect for the same reason. -JR

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 8:31 AM

Black Knight 2000 is a loud machine, and it should be. Its the atmosphere with that game that really makes it, and that includes the booming Black Knight.

Although you guys have never played the game without an updated speaker system in the cab, with a sub on the bottom of the cabinet. He REALLY booms!

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 9:36 AM

Without a doubt, Robotron: 2084 and Defender. They were both loud, angry, and unapologetically noisy, like a good American arcade game should be. Frogger always struck me as pretty loud too, especially that sound it makes when you drop in a coin.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 11:22 AM

The Hydro Thunder screm everytime fills up the arcade with sound. Even the home console versions were as loud.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 12:48 PM

I'm guessing there's no easy way to answer this, 'cause I'm sure the arcade operators had the option of adjusting the volume levels on these machines. Also, it seemed a lot of them would get real quiet, or go completely silent, because their speakers were blown.

What I have always loved, though, were the rich, musical tones that emanated from Tron and Reactor.

I'm sure they could have adjusted the volume but I'm guessing unless the machine had a pot or two go bad or something they probably didn't screw with it (or let someone who knew how to fix them screw with it). I faintly recall a couple machines being that way, I guess you could just state the titles you remember always being at a certain high volume. Anyhoo:

Ones that just boomed for me were Time Pilot 84, Lost Tomb, Sinistar, Defender, Robotron 2084, and the pre-round music on Demolition Derby.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 5:04 PM

I hate it when coin-ops are too quiet to hear. It's surprising how many arcade operators don't seem to give a shit if their cabinet's speakers are blown.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 6:01 PM

Reactor was an attention getter. It's cool music could be heard above everything else. Defender was a standout also.

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Posted Fri Aug 7, 2009 7:07 PM

I used to have the Reactor music as my outgoing message for my voice mail. This one dude I know who's an "electronica" recording artist got all excited when he called me, 'cause he thought the music was an original composition that I had created.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 4:22 AM

I used to have the Reactor music as my outgoing message for my voice mail. This one dude I know who's an "electronica" recording artist got all excited when he called me, 'cause he thought the music was an original composition that I had created.

Funny story! You should've just said it was yours and took all the credit.
Glad to see people enjoying my videos. I'm trying to show the games that were a bit rare that I came across and wanted to see if people remembered them very well. There's a few other YouTubers that are doing a lot of rare arcade game videos, and I'm trying not to duplicate them.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 4:27 AM

I didn't even realize that was another one of your! Five stars and favorited. I'm surprised some hip-hop artist hasn't sampled that beat and done something with it.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:19 AM

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 7:09 AM

yes, Defender was pretty loud...perhaps Tempest as well

i think that a lot of the pinballs were even louder. lots of noise coming out of a pinball machine

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 11:51 AM

The loudest game I ever heard was Super Mario Pinball. This one arcade and sports complex you could hear it from a long way away yelling "OH YOSHI!". My friend only played the game on purpose. It could be dead silent in that place and no matter what they'd have that game at full volume. You stand next to it and would get an ear/headache.

BK2000 is one that is sometimes up loud. AHHHHH you go the power..

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 2:00 PM

I didn't even realize that was another one of your! Five stars and favorited. I'm surprised some hip-hop artist hasn't sampled that beat and done something with it.

Hey, thanks Flightsuit!
My other alias is indeed CrazyClimber80.. I was gonna go with a "retro"-something name and they were all taken so I went with my fave game as a youth..
Some Exidy games were a bit loud. I remember there was a weird sound during the game over/segue to high scores screen that would kind of boom through the speakers on Mouse Trap.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 4:26 PM

Dig Dug and Zoo Keeper. Everytime I went to arcades, I would always here the sounds from these two games.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 5:07 PM

I didn't even realize that was another one of your! Five stars and favorited. I'm surprised some hip-hop artist hasn't sampled that beat and done something with it.


Dj Tony Fox released a remix CD at Digital Press several years ago and had a remix version of Reactor called Crystal Reactor. I need to dig out my CD and convert it to mp3's.

Thanks for posting that Reactor vid on YouTube. It is almost impossible to find any info on the game. My two favorite arcade games are Reactor and Red Alert. Both insanely difficult to find.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 5:07 PM

In an arcade I used to go to, they had an old (OLD) Red Baron cockpit game. They had that sucker CRANKED. Whenever the planes appeared on-screen, the BYOOP-BYOOP-BYOOP!!! warning would split your eardrums. And when you crashed, the sound would literally shake the walls of the cockpit. It was kind of neat, but I was hard of hearing each time I played it.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 5:44 PM

I didn't even realize that was another one of your! Five stars and favorited. I'm surprised some hip-hop artist hasn't sampled that beat and done something with it.


Dj Tony Fox released a remix CD at Digital Press several years ago and had a remix version of Reactor called Crystal Reactor. I need to dig out my CD and convert it to mp3's.

Thanks for posting that Reactor vid on YouTube. It is almost impossible to find any info on the game. My two favorite arcade games are Reactor and Red Alert. Both insanely difficult to find.



I wanna hear that remix!

I was about to be impressed with myself for remembering who designed Reactor, but then I kept reading and realized why his name is still in my brain after all these years:

Tim Skelly

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 5:59 PM

Sega's Turbo can be obscenely loud if the volume is cranked. The cabinet features (2) 5-1/4" midraange speakers, and (1) 12" woofer.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:02 PM

One of my favorite racers, Hydro Thunder can always be heard thundering its quotes above the din:
Brake to floor, GO!
Turn signals...signals are GO
Ejection system, we have a GO!
three, two, one, GO, GO, GO!!
If that's not enough, Hydro Thunder featured a subwoofer under the seats.

Then my favorite pinball table could also be heard as well. If speakers didn't make enough racket, the machine itself did!
*beep* *beep* *beep*
Hey, player one! FREEZE!!
*roar as T Rex eats the ball*
*loud snap as the Raptor pit launches ball into glass*
Stampede! go, go, go, go

Another of my favorite racers, usually this line was spoken right before I slammed the turbo control into the panel for the last time
...and in the lead, we have Anakin Skywalker!!"

This one could always be heard as one walked into a certain arcade at Naval Station Norfolk in 1999. It's Time Crisis 1.
There's been a kidnapping. It's Rachel, the daughter of the President of Sercia

And finally, how can anyone miss this pinball machine?
You can do it...with the Black Knight!
Give me your money!

Oh, yeah, let's not forget Gyruss with that awesome classical soundtrack. Thought it's not loud, it's very catchy.

Edited by shadow460, Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:03 PM.


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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:22 PM

And finally, how can anyone miss this pinball machine?
You can do it...with the Black Knight!
Give me your money!


Black Knight music:
Attached File  BK2000.mp3   1.82MB   331 downloads

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:30 PM

Yeah, how could I forget about Zoo Keeper! That was one loud game with really irritating noises. The game itself was fun, though.

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Posted Sat Aug 8, 2009 6:37 PM

And finally, how can anyone miss this pinball machine?
You can do it...with the Black Knight!
Give me your money!


Black Knight music:
Attached File  BK2000.mp3   1.82MB   331 downloads


That was painfully funny!




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