Man, I was playing SS today and couldn’t help but flashback to the early to mid 90’s when arcades were absolutely blistering! I live in LA and the scene here was so awesome back then!
I remember when Samurai Shodown had just come out and I spent an absurd amount of quarters on that game at various rental stores, donut shops, laundry mats, etc. Then games like the Alpha and MK series were coming out and started to pick up steam. I remember Alpha 2 and MKII were EVERYWERE! Couldn’t walk into a rental store or donut shop without seeing one or the other.
I remember hanging out at arcades in Westwood, Del Amo Mall, and one on Vermont and 3rd. Lots of comp there and peeps were always trying to show their skillz. A friend of mine was so good with Nicotine(SS2) he actually got banned at one of the arcades cuz no one could beat him lol. Hi-tech 21 in Little Tokyo also brings back VERY fond memories. Used to spend HUNDREDS of bucks there on Daytona USA and SS2!
Man those were the days. I can’t tell you how much I miss the arcade scene from the 90’s. Sooooo many great games came out back then it’s not even funny. It’s really sad how the whole arcade scene is dead and we have to rely on online gaming(with lag) get our multiplayer fix on. Don’t get me wrong online play rocks, but there will never be a replacement for actually standing next to your opponent and talking shit to each other in a 100% lagless game.
I so wish I could turn back time and relive the gaming scene from mid-90’s again. It was one of best times of my life.
Anyone else miss those days?