Careercow Wil Wheaton + Felicia Day - The "Man" who soy'd the World and the Fakest of Geek Girls, SJW sexual harassment fence-sitters

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Man vs persistent rat

A good egg is a nice person
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The whole arcade machine story is just weird to me. I'm in the same generational demographic as Wil; I lived through those halcyon 80's and early 90's, with the dim arcades lit only by the glow of their CRTs. And trying to one-up over the 'other guy's initials was very much only an 80's thing in my opinion. Maybe it survived into the 90's but I never saw it.

But who goes on vacation, finds a Mr. Do! (seriously, Wil? Mr. Do!?) machine, and then obsessively plays it to beat the high score? To the point where you go home and (I presume) play it via emulator?

Wil is a very strange man, and would probably benefit from some therapy.
Home consoles killed the arcades in a big way. They still existed and people still went to them, but the hardcore score-chasing culture very swiftly died. Will is once again spinning an 80s movie-induced fantasy to fluff up his waning nerd credibility, and it's to a newer generation who can't see through the BS because it sounds credible enough to be true.
 

Capsaicin Addict

Just a fellow who loves spicy food.
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Home consoles killed the arcades in a big way. They still existed and people still went to them, but the hardcore score-chasing culture very swiftly died. Will is once again spinning an 80s movie-induced fantasy to fluff up his waning nerd credibility, and it's to a newer generation who can't see through the BS because it sounds credible enough to be true.
Oh, absolutely. The arcades only endured as long as they could stay ahead of home console hardware limitations. When the consoles reached parity, that was pretty much all she wrote. You still see classic machines now and then (there's a collection that's been making the rounds at DragonCon; I humorously referred to their old Missile Command cabinet as 'an elegant game from a more civilized age'). But sadly, the days of the arcade -- of putting your quarter up on the cabinet so you'd be in line, of having to shift around so you could cram six players onto that six-joystick X-Men cabinet... those days have passed forever.
 

Jigglyjogglers

The Doctor Bashir guy
True & Honest Fan
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The thing I find amusing about the story is the idea of Wil coming back from whatever dinky resort has-been celebrities without much actual money go to, after a week of trying unsuccessfully to get laid by the locals and drinking heavily, and sitting down to a meeting with his image team.

"Well, retro gaming is still very 'in' according to the market research I bought."

"Okay, we'll go with that."

"Maybe throw in a twist of the modern myth. Something with a kindly older gentleman who watches as you struggle to surpass him."

"Very Bagger Vance, I'm liking it. Write it up and post it to one of the accounts. What are we doing now? Nevermind I don't care. My wife's son's calling, probably wants another loan, that little shit needs to start paying for his own drugs, I know I do."
 

thx1138

Are you now, or have you ever been?
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Oh, absolutely. The arcades only endured as long as they could stay ahead of home console hardware limitations. When the consoles reached parity, that was pretty much all she wrote. You still see classic machines now and then (there's a collection that's been making the rounds at DragonCon; I humorously referred to their old Missile Command cabinet as 'an elegant game from a more civilized age'). But sadly, the days of the arcade -- of putting your quarter up on the cabinet so you'd be in line, of having to shift around so you could cram six players onto that six-joystick X-Men cabinet... those days have passed forever.
Yup. Arcade cabinets are for oldsters like me :) Funny thing, "new" arcade machines such as they are are rack-mounted PCs these days. Well, I say "these days" but a dear friend of mine used to work for Midway, and they did a sequel to Gauntlet (Legends, maybe?) and it was...I want to say a Pentium 3 with a voodoo card in it. Wait, nvm, it was a MIPS processor, but still just a voodoo banshee card in it.

Man I miss going to Malibu and playing video games and driving those damn baby F1 cars!
 
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TheRealDerekSmart

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I miss arcades.

Back when i was a spotty quiff sporting virgin I used to razz my TDR 250 up to Skegvegas and waste all my pay check on RidgeRacer, virtua cop, super sonic blastman and the incredibly gay Arm Champs 2.

Ironically it was on a blast out to Skeggy that I bought a SNES with SF2 and ended up never going back.
 
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Tanner Glass

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Home consoles killed the arcades in a big way. They still existed and people still went to them, but the hardcore score-chasing culture very swiftly died. Will is once again spinning an 80s movie-induced fantasy to fluff up his waning nerd credibility, and it's to a newer generation who can't see through the BS because it sounds credible enough to be true.
I would argue that the hardcore score-chasing culture just moved to the online space and was the basic foundation for speedrunning as we know it today.

I don't feel like wading through autism but I would imagine there's several score-chasing communites for Mr. Do! and any other former arcade machine game. There's even full fledged documentaries about the modern score-chasing for Pac Man and Donkey Kong.
 

LordofCringe7206

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Oh, absolutely. The arcades only endured as long as they could stay ahead of home console hardware limitations. When the consoles reached parity, that was pretty much all she wrote. You still see classic machines now and then (there's a collection that's been making the rounds at DragonCon; I humorously referred to their old Missile Command cabinet as 'an elegant game from a more civilized age'). But sadly, the days of the arcade -- of putting your quarter up on the cabinet so you'd be in line, of having to shift around so you could cram six players onto that six-joystick X-Men cabinet... those days have passed forever.
Not just that, but you don't even really need a cabinet to play the classics anymore. A lot of them are getting rereleases on their own through digital services or are even getting special one-off consoles. You also have ROMs thanks to the internet.

Arcades now and days are mostly just reserved for tourist areas where people are vacationing or visiting. Places where people don't normally bring a home video game console with them. Though I guess things like the Switch might kill that one day.
 

Billy_Sama

♂Love and Muscle in Heaven♂
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I guess you have to the time to spend like going to an arcade when you are a D tier actor and unwanted internet poster.
 

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