NAT THOMSON'S TOP TEN COIN-OP VIDEOGAMES|
What a great game. Except for the fact that the first boss is
impossible to beat when you're 7 years old and your hands are covered
in pizza grease..
10. Super Mario Bros.
Yeah that's right. One of my earliest encounters with
Mario. I read the instructions on the panel, it said to jump
into the pipes. So the first pit I come across I hopped right in,
I was sorely disappointed when it turns out that the green things
were the "pipes," what's up with that?
9. Double Dragon
Before they were Billy and Jimmy Lee they were Nails and
Anvil. At least i think. I know the left controller was Nails, what
was the other one? I'm pretty sure it was Anvil, or was it Hammer?
Anyways, Abobo was a chump and that dude with the gun was way unfair.
I don't know how many times I fell in that river. Why didn't they fix
that stupid bridge, it just would have taken like a couple of two by
fours. Nonetheless, a rad game.
9. Altered Beast
My love for this game was forbidden. I was a devout
Nintendo freak, but this super foxy Sega babe stole my heart.
And when you punch the dead dudes, they would fall apart. Sweet.
Awesome transformation screens too.
8. Rush 'N Attack
What cold war? I am bias toward this game because I scored it
for Christmas one year for 50 bucks. That's (up)right. Anyway it is a
perfect game but I have yet to beat it. The picture on the side of the
cabinet shows this Tom Selleck looking dude with a rocket launcher with
the onion tops of the Kremlin burning in the background. Also, the Konami
logo has a weird looking tail on the leg of the "K".
7. Street Fighter/Street Fighter 2 (tie)
Who's the best? Is it Guile (hey kid, how do you pronounce that?)
No dude it's the fat guy. For senior week me and my friends went to Ocean
City, Maryland. We had just gone to the crappiest thrift store when I was
running around freestyle walking; and I look up and POW! The words ARCADE
in the window paint of the upstairs of an ice cream parlor drew me in. RAD!
I ran up and it's a sauna in there. It had to be 80 degrees, but in the corner
next to Tetris and Xenophobe was SFII: World Warriors. I ran and got my
friend Geoff and he beat the crap out of me as Ryu. What a rush. I remember
just as well finding a Street Fighter I in Peoria, Illinois at a bowling alley.
Japan, USA, what the hell? Balrog (Mike then) destroyed me in front of Mount
Rushmore. This was the first actual fighting game I can recall besides the
overly technical Karate Champ. I am twisted off of Capcom fighting games. It
permeates every aspect of my life. Skullomania be my savior.
This game was one of the first to use these rad graphics that looked
like real life. I think this game actually made me avoid drugs as a child.
Those perverts in the trench coats were sick. Plus you could crouch and not
get hit, while you picked up money and bags of coke. I guess the anti-drug
theme made the ridiculousness of the game OK. Was this the game that started
those presidential seals that say "don't do drugs" during the stuff when the
game wasn't being used? Could be.
This game was so far out. They had it at a grocery store
in Beaumont, Texas, and man what a gruesome game. This game pioneered
the blood and guts path of video games. Soon to follow was Time Killers,
a complete turd, as well as Mortal Kombat, Smash TV etc. Anyways I was
obsessed with this game for obvious reasons, those monsters were just as
scary as any in House of the Dead or Resident Evil. And what's up with
that? Both those games have the same Frankenstein's Monster story, if you
have made it to the end of either you know what I'm talking about. .
4. Mortal Kombat
I was the first kid in the 6th grade to view the splendor
that is Mortal Kombat. I went to Illinois State University with my
mom one day, and there in the student union was my new love, Mortal
Kombat. I was like "holy moly they look like real people!" And they
can kill each other! I can remember describing it to all my friends
on the soccer team. Recently I was pleasantly surprised when I heard
"get over here!" sampled in the song "B-Boys Revenge" by Mr. Dibbs on
Return of the DJ Volume Two. When the home versions came out I was
blue balled, no blood on my Nintendo, but Game Genie could make the
"Green Elf needs food, badly!" He sure does. I remember
watching older kids play this and yell at each other about how they could
hit each other on this level so back up. The bar on the side was always
on the screen, so if you find one it should be burnt on the screen. Anyone
who played as Merlin was a doofus.
2. Neo Geo
I remember the lore involved with the Neo Geo. "It's a home system
in Japan, this rich kid at my school has one, it costs 500 dollars" and all
that. These are very frequent if you haven't noticed, but some have the
crappiest selection. Like that Baseball game, that stunk. Once I accidentally
selected it, I was so mad. Did you ever notice that they always had credits
already in them? I guess people couldn't figure out that the credits was
in the little LED display in the corner. I recently played it at Crazy John's
Arcade in Baltimore City, and it had this horrible game on it, it was like Art
of Fighting and Samurai Shodown put together. Blech.
1. Ms. Pac-Man
I started to notice that this game was in every arcade and
there was always some old dude playing it. It started when I went to
Philadelphia for the weekend one time. It was in the arcade on South Street,
in a laundromat, and at this diner me and my dad and my brother went there
late one night. This guy was playing it and he made it to Act 5. After this
night I saw 3 Ms. Pac-mans, and I decided to do a photo documentary. I
found many at Ocean City and Rehobeth, where I found two right next to each
other. Springfield, Missouri had the most suprising finds. The first was a
red and pink cabinet version, the next and the most suprising was a Ms. Pac-man
with a new add-on chip titled Heart Burn. What the chip did was replace the
sprites and graphics for the mazes so Ms. Pac-man is a flame and the ghosts are
firemen. The maze is a crude interpretation of a building on fire. I think
the furthest I have made it is either a pear or a pretzel level, at least past
the 3rd Act. This game is excellent in execution.