That'll suck if you ever have to move again, eh? :D
More...I took the nephew on the second day :) Unfortunately THE first thing he decided to try out was the Atari 5200. I warned him about the sucky controllers as he fired up Pac-Man...
About a minute later: “this control isn’t any good!” :P
Luckily we went into the arcade stuff next. And on the drive over I asked him if he had ever played a real pinball machine. (hesitates) “Yeah...on the computer...”
“No, a REAL pinball machine.”
Nope, he hadn’t. But he did on this day :) He got the hang of it pretty quick too (not that it’s a real hard thing to do of course). He played a good range of them too, from the old electro-mechanicals to those made within the last 15 years or so.
It was kind of a pain keeping an eye on him though, although usually I could just park myself at a game a machine or two over...especially helped when I would see him die really quick, which would lead to...
Me (pointing at some object on the game screen): You have to _____ (insert gameplay mechanic)
Him: Oh, THAT’S what you’re supposed to do!
So that was cool. And he was familiar with a few things, like with Warlords, which I was surprised, but I’m sure he played it on an Atari Anthology package of some sort. This was one of THE best multiplayer games out there (well, not counting the games where up to hundreds of people can play online now, I mean...just having multiple people around an arcade game back then). It was really smart to whoever brought TWO tabletop versions of that game, as they got plenty of play.
Another one was the tabletop pinball game of Joust, which there weren’t many kinds of these games made...that and War are the only ones I’m aware of. What the deal is, you have your set of flippers, bumpers and all...and then, on the other side of the table, player 2 has their own set of the like. If you choose the one player game then you control both sets of flippers. I’d never played this before because it was either not working a fair amount of the time in the past or it was constantly being played. Well, we played a game of it and it was a blast, especially when you were able to shoot the ball to the other player’s side, and there was suddenly a multiball near the end of the game that happened out of the blue (don’t know what needs to be done to trigger that).
Now, it’s one thing to introduce a kid to older stuff and they find it to be cool (until he played the Atari Star Wars arcade games, he thought that Star Wars games originated with the Xbox [bah HA HA HA, WRONG!]). However, one monstrously old game really astounded even ME. It was basically a baseball pachinko game, but with some additions.
First you just shoot the plunger and hope the balls land into several of the playfield holes to your advantage. There’s several areas that are worth hundreds of points (uhhh, since when does BASEBALL have points that go into the hundreds? [insert Tom Hanks saying ‘there’s no hundred point scores in baseball!’]). In was neat to see the balls bounce around the playfield in hopes of hitting something big.
Then, something totally unexpected happened: at one point the ball either landed in the ‘single’ or ‘triple’ hole, I don’t recall which. There’s these devices at all the bases. Well, what they were used for is that a ball suddenly shot out of home plate to first base, which was then shot to second AND third from there. I mean, hell, this game was made in 1934! Back then, that must’ve been like the Buck Rogers of gaming. I wouldn’t mind having this myself eventually, as I’m sure it’s fairly simple for a billiards device and would only set me back a few hundred bucks (if I could FIND one though!). Amazing to think that a 13 year old kid (actually he will be next week) can have fun with something, in this day and age, that had no lights or sounds that came out when his grandfather was only seven years old.
We also checked out a hockey game made by Chicago Coin. Holy sh*t, CHICAGO COIN?! They were bought out by Stern over two decades ago; they used to be the kings of billiard games, they put out a lot of product. This one didn’t fare as well but it was still fun. Basically it might’ve been one of, if not THE earliest of those ‘pool hockey’ games where you control all these guys on the sticks and spin them around to try to score goals. You only have a goalie that constantly spins around on it’s own; you can’t stop it from spinning. I’m putting in extra photos to show some of the details, as they’re (the goalies and the handles) appear to be made out of heavy, real metal. (Finding replacements for them nowadays must be nearly impossible! But then, the figures are encased and should be fine for decades, just as long as the unit isn’t stored outside...) All you can do is turn them left or right, one of which will send the ball shooting towards your opponent’s goal, the other (wrong) way will send the ball back into yours, which will happen a lot. It was still fun though and we wanted to play it again but that was the last credit on it, ha ha.
(I'm just showing the marquee and the controls/figures here)
Now, I assume they started doing this last year for promos only, but if not, then I have no idea why: a local Star Wars region started appearing at the show. You know something’s up when suddenly a wall of people appear and the cameras start flashing. The first time you’re like ‘what the hell’s going ON?’, but then the second time and on then you’re all “oh, a Stormtrooper and/or Boba Fett must’ve shown up”:
They really fit into their roles, just walking around, posing for photos and not saying a word. It was actually somewhat creepy unless you know of a local YouTuber like I do who put up a video busting them playing video games last year (guys! Go play the Star Trek video game! That’d be hilarious!)
(nephew Bram w/Boba Fett)
Anyway I’ll wrap up the end of this and get into my third and final trip later, since this is long enough as it is, but there isn’t much to tell about my last trip though.
"He spends five hours a day playing violent video games; what's the point if they don't have any affect on him?" - Hank, King of the Hill