No this isn’t a new song by Paula Cole…she’s still wondering where all the cowboys went…well at least I think she is, I haven’t really heard much from her lately.
Anyway…picture it, Sicily...oh sorry wrong
picture it. Actually it was New Jersey during the 80's, but Sicily sounded so
Okay, picture it New Jersey…
Arcades were the place to be, gamers actually get together to play games and
hangout…there was real psychical contact between the players and not just an
invite to join a multiplayer match and/or a notification that he/she was online.
We played together and against each other,
the whole time never teabagging one another and/or shooting up the place because
we lost at a game. There was lots of competition, trash talking and momma jokes
but when all was said and done we were still all friends.
We didn’t need headphone and mics to play
multiplayer, because the people we were playing with were right next to us…I
know that’s a scary thought for you “life noobs” out there, but trust me it’s wasn’t
that bad. We caould laugh at what people said with having to say LOL and we
could step away without having to say BRB.
Back then we didn't have the technology we
do today when it came to home gaming, not that our systems weren’t great for
the time, but for the most part when it came to graphics you couldn’t tell the
difference between an enemy and a bush and as far as gameplay was concerned it
was all about timing nothing more.
If we wanted to play the latest games with
the best graphics you had to head to the local arcade with a pocket full of
quarters and a handful of Pixy Stix (because there was no such thing as energy
drinks back then).
I know with today's technology it's hard
for arcades to compete, but they were a lot of fun and an incredible
experience. It’s unfortunate that most so-called arcades of today have full
grown adults running around in costumes serving pizza to kids and/or they have
like three machines (two of which are Pac-man and Ms. Pac-man) that they try to
pass off as an arcade…what a shame.
Now I know that there are a few places around
where you could go to get your gaming fix, but for the most part they are just
a not what they used to be, they are a pale shadow of their former selves,
nothing like they were back in their glory days. Kids today heard of them but
never really seen one just like the dinosaurs, fresh air and girlfriends.
There was glam rock playing in the
background, the stench of hairspray and Old Spice in the air and jean jackets
and mullets all over the place, but boy was it a blast. What a pity that you
gits of today will never experience the phenomenon known as the arcade, you
have no idea what you’re missing out on.