I don't see too many arcade posts, so I thought I'd start a thread honoring our favorite arcade games. What are some of your favorites and why?
Here are a few that I still play on MAME from time to time:
1. Crystal Castles - I was fascinated by games that looked 3d and I also enjoyed using trackballs. Marble Madness was another good one of this kind.
2. Gauntlet - Being able to play with three other people was novel at the time. I was so obsessed with this game that I got left behind during day camp at a pizza parlor and I had to call the head counselor to get me. The manager gave me free tokens while I waited so it was a win-win. The Elf and the Valkyrie were my favorites.
3. Street Fighter 2 - It wasn't easy to get in a game because it was so popular, but I played it anywhere I found it. Circus Circus in Vegas had the Turbo version that was my favorite. I played Blanka and Ken the most.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - It was a really great 4-player beat-'em-up. Since I was a dumb kid I asked for the NES version thinking that it would be like the arcade, but I was sorely disappointed.
5. Ghosts n' Goblins - This was the first horror-themed game I ever played and it was hard as hell. I loved the NES version, too, though the sprites would flicker in certain areas.
6. Joust - This game seems ageless because it's just as fun now as it was when I first played it. The NES version was a pretty good port and I have a somewhat rare Atari Lynx cartridge of it too. It was my first experience with a physics-based game.
7. Space Invaders - This is the oldest game that I enjoy. I loved it so much that I created a paper collage in high school art class that recreated the game screen with color gradients.
8. Arkanoid - You could find a lot of cocktail cabinet versions of this game. It's my favorite Breakout-type game, though I wasn't able to beat it until I bought the NES vePost too long. Click here to view the full text.