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Figured with the depressing "worst arcade games of all time" threads, we'd have one that focused on the good :).

 

So, hypothetical situation. If you were only able to play/own three arcade games for the rest of your life, which would they be? IE: Which do you love the most that you couldn't live without? And this includes ports, so you'd be cut off from any Xbox Live or Neo Geo CD games, etc.

 

For me it's:

 

Jurassic Park: The Lost World

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Star Wars Arcade Trilogy

 

Runners up:

Virtua Fighter

KoF 99

Sega Rally

Frogger

Ms Pac-Man

 

I know I'd really, really miss my runners up. But I think I'd slip into depression at the thought of never seeing another cabinet of the first three :).

 

How about you?

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Atari X/O Football

Zoo Keeper

Robotron/Q*Bert (Tie)

 

Runners up:

Millipede

Missile Command

Paperboy

Tempest

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Tricky... actually I'd probably go a pinball in my lot.

 

Daytona USA 2 player - somewhat ancient in comparison to modern drivers but one of the best arcade games.

Rygar - probably played it in MAME than any other game. Despite it's age has plenty of variety and replay value.

 

For the pinball... that's a tricky one. Probably a narrow victory to Terminator 2 over Cue Ball Wizard and Getaway: High Speed 2.

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Defender

Tron

Tempest

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For me, MAME cabs make owning "just one" a moot point. Just sayin' :)

 

No fun, play along!

 

My three would be:

 

Galaga

Centipede

TMNT

 

Robotron and some racing game (probably Cruis'n for the wife) are the runners-up

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I'd go for longevity over appeal. Of course, Arcade games are meant to be short run games. Most don't seem to take you to new places with subsequent runs.

 

What are some that do have new experiences per play? Perhaps Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara?

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Pacman

Outrun (Or Terminator 2 pinball, if those are allowed)

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For me, MAME cabs make owning "just one" a moot point. Just sayin' :)

No ports are allowed, therefor only original arcade hardware. No MAME, no NES, no Atari 7800, etc :)

Pacman

Outrun (Or Terminator 2 pinball, if those are allowed)

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Sure pinballs are allowed :). Hmm, I guess if that's the case I need to add a couple pinball units to my runners up tab...

 

Glad to see a lot of Daytona USAs listed!

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Robotron

After Burner (specifically the sit down force feedback cockpit type)

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles II: Turtles in Time

 

Runner Up:

Out Run (sit down)

 

So many to pick from, so it was somewhat hard to really nail it down.

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Top 3

Tempest

Star Castle

Gauntlet

 

Runner's up

Time Soldiers

Tutankham

Dragon's Lair

Super Cobra

Vanguard

 

If I could throw in a pinball machine, it would be The Addams Family for sure. TZ as a runner up.

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Really, really tough picking just three(and outside of Pinball), but my choices right now would look like this:

 

Galaga '88

Ms. Pac-Man

Street Fighter II C.E.

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I'd only agree to own only these three if I still were allowed to play other people's machines.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Addams Family (pinball)

And then either Road Runner or Rampage, to relive some childhood memories of the local 7-11.

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Battlezone (with the face plate)

Gorf or Vanguard

Twilight Zone pinball

Totally forgot about battlezone. Love that game. Oh yeah, and lunar lander...

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If I were only able to have 3 MORE than what I own already..

I'd take:

Galaga cocktail

Crazy Climber upright

maybe Mouse Trap

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Someday, someday :)

 

House of the Dead 2

Ridge Racer

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo

 

:music:

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Crazy Taxi,

Hydro Thunder(dat subwoofer),

Donkey Kong.

 

Runners up:

Pac-Man,

Ms. Pac-Man,

Galaga,

House of the Dead,

House of the Dead 2.

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Tough tough tough choices here...

 

I would want a little variety, but still 'classic' -can't live without type experiences, so:

 

Jr Pac Man (runner up: Ms Pac Man, Trog)

Spy Hunter (runners up: super off road, super sprint)

Twilight Zone (runner up: Adams family)

 

A maze game, a car game, and a pinball game.

 

The problem is, there's too many good ones to live without: Elevator Action, Marble Madness, Dragon's Lair, etc

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Just three? Damn tough call but I guess before I over think it:

 

1. Computer Space - Atari : for the awesome styling and just the significance of it, great conversation piece.

2. Dragon's Lair - Not that I am a big fan, and I SUCK at it but just something about how it was THE machine to watch people play, the tech was impressive for the time.

3. TRON - OK it was a tough choice for me between Star Wars Arcade / Star Trek / Tron because I love SciFi and the look of these machines but in the end gotta go with TRON

for the cool factor.

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