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#26 omegadot OFFLINE  



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Posted Sat Aug 2, 2014 11:41 AM

The Flying J truck stop near us had a respectable arcade area.  We'd stop there after school quite a lot.  Truck stops are always a little strange.

#27 Krytol OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Aug 6, 2014 1:59 PM

Around '81 or '82 the supermarket near my house had a Donkey Kong upright near the entrance/checkout. The store is still there, but now there's a Coinstar where the DK used to be.

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Posted Wed Aug 6, 2014 2:47 PM

the supermarket by my house growing up had a tron machine. my mom wouldn't let me play it because video games were evil. by the time i was was of walking around age- it was gone. 


There were a few games around the neighborhood i would walk to. None of them were particularly strange.


Laundromat- Strider;  Final Fight


Electronic store -  Moonwalker; Neo Geo w/ Nam 75 and Ninja combat


Drug Store- Western Express 


Liquor Store 1- Double Dragon


Liquor Store 2- Street fighter 2 - which i only played once due to the constant lines - also this one kid would would handcuff everybody


Movie theater: Mr do, Aliens



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Posted Wed Aug 6, 2014 5:08 PM

Probably my uncles basement. I remember when I was about 10, he had an Atari but before I could play it I had to drink this funny drink first that made me sleepy and when I woke up my clothes were on inside out. He told me it was part of the instructions for Space Invaders but I never had to do that in the arcade. icon_ponder.gif

Reminds me of the fun times I had with my uncle and his two friends: Father O'Mally and Scoutmaster John. Nothing but wholesome, video gaming fun!

#30 Gregory DG OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 6, 2014 5:45 PM

Used to visit my nearby convenience store just to play R-Type...


Used to play my Atari 2600 and 800XL in the Mallard trailer we had in the backyard...


Used to play Dungeon Master for the ST in my summer school class...



#31 Algus OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Aug 6, 2014 7:29 PM

Hmm, by early 90s it seemed like most places had at least one machine. Some of these (gocery stores, pharmcies,etc.) don't seem real strange to me. That's where I played most of my arcade games. I lived in a small town though so there wasn't an arcade unless my parents took me thirty minutes away to the closest big town.

#32 scotty OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:16 AM

If Mame counts.....  I used to drive semi a few years ago, and I would deliver envelopes to the IRS up in Detroit.   After I was done unloading, I would drive a few blocks to old Tiger Stadium (when it was still standing), and sit outside the stadium and play Mame while waiting for a load going back to Cleveland.

#33 rockyyaknow OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:11 PM

In the late 80's I remember playing one of the old sit down Pac-Man games at an old seafood restaurant in Massachusetts when my grandparents would bring us once in a while.

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Posted Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:45 PM

There was a restaurant my mom and I used to go to which had an arcade room tucked in a corner near the restrooms in the back.  Anyone who never used the restrooms probably didn't ever even know there was an arcade room.

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Posted Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:46 AM

I remember seeing an upright Asteroids cabinet in the "please-wait-to-be-seated" area of a Chinese restaurant, around 1983 or so. My parents gave me a quarter and I think my game lasted about 30 seconds. That was probably the only time in the 80s I ever saw an original Asteroids cabinet. I remember being familiar with the 2600 version, and thinking the arcade version was really intimidating.

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