Got my Animatrix DVD yesterday. SO. COOL. I agree with lostboydv‘s sentiments that it’s possibly better than Matrix Reloaded. More coherent, more artistic, more SOLID. And is it just me or is the pink/blue haired girl from Beyond really, really kawaii? ^_^ Waaaai.
Okay, now it’s time for me to use my powers for evil and start an LJ Meme. Although I doubt it’ll spread real far, since it’s not a chance to flaunt your personality in front of others. I think I’ve done this meme before, but hey, why not?
Picture this: You’ve just inherited a pile of money from a dead relative, under one very odd restriction — you can only use it to purchase five arcade games. Assuming you can get any machine you want (classic arcade, modern arcade, skeeball, pinball, etc) without rarity/availability concerns and that you have a nice den that’ll fit all five of ’em… what would you pick, why did you pick it it, and what’s your most memorable past experience with that game?
Post replies on this thread or in your own journals. Enjoy a moment of gaming nostalgia and daydreaming! Unless you’re one of those damn yuppies who goes to yuppie places like Dave ‘n Busters and just rides the skiing simulators and driving simulators and tank simulators and then uses their fake casino games, in which case you can go to the bar and wait with the others ordering chicken wings and complaining about the stock market.
1. ELEVATOR ACTION. It’s old, old, old and the graphics are barely above CGA levels, but EA has what few other games have; unpredictability and fairness. Enemies never pop up in the same place twice, you have a fighting chance against them if your reflexes are good, and the thrill of skittering from floor to floor barely dodging bullets is nice. I never got to play this in the arcade, but I did on MAME, and was hooked after one game… I’d love to try it on a cab.
2. DRAGON’S LAIR. The classic! Best laserdisc game out there for pure nostalgia value and fun animation quality. I played this a few times in the arcades but rarely got very far; but I watched the ‘That’s Incredible!’ episode where someone played through it, and I often had nightmares about swooshing blades or closing doors right at my heels. Meep. Still, fun game.
3. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 1. I put so many quarters into this that I should legitimately own one by now. Massive fun when you have four players handy. It’s not the most complicated brawler out there (I’d give that to either Sengoku 3 or The Punisher) but it’s one of the originals, and the colorful graphics are just plain FUN.
4. FUNHOUSE (Pinball). There was a party at an italian restaurant for my grandmother five years ago — I forget the reason for it, birthday, anniversary, something. But at one point I got bored and wandered in… and saw this pinball game. I begged quarters off my dad, set up a stool and played it for a full hour. Something about this game clicks with me; I can actually DO WELL with it, and in the simulated version I’ve broken the ultimate jackpot twice. It’s got a sarcastic, abrasive digitized commentator who rags on you while you play, lots of great trick shots and ramps, and plenty of flashing lights. The music is very old school. NICE stuff.
5. FINAL FIGHT. I had to think awhile before picking this. There are better brawlers out there, with more weapons, more techniques, etc… but Final Fight is the daddy of them all. It evolved the Double Dragon model into something simple enough to play but tactical enough to play WELL, with multiple selectable characters, throw techniques, and combos. Colorful graphics, great digital sound, Andre the Giant and punk transsexuals. What’s not to love? I never got a chance to play it in the arcade and I wish I had, so… gimmie.
RUNNERS UP: D&D Shadows over Mysteria (the most complex brawler out there), Street Fighter Alpha 3 (but I play better with a joypad), Q-Bert (I’d swap EA for this, actually), and Dr. Who Pinball (fun!).