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Battle of the Badges

This week is Dore Alley, however it's also Battle of the Badges down in San Jose. Decisions, decisions...

A couple of our officers are competing. It's open to the public, but I think tickets are going fast. I don't know who did the poster, but it's not too bad. A larger version can be found on my Flickr account. The original PDF version of the file can be found on the CNOA site.

Coin Detected in Pocket

  • Crazy Climber
  • Gorf
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Quantum
  • Computer Space
  • Discs of Tron
  • Bezerk
  • Mouse Trap
  • Paperboy
  • Marble Madness
  • Pole Position
  • Burger Time
  • Mad Planets
  • Crystal Castles
There was once a time when you could climb a skyscraper...

Go for it!

be chased by a fried egg...

Must...step...on..burger patty...before...Mr. Egg...gets me....Arrrghhh...

and get killed by a bouncing smiley face...

Chicken, fight like a robot!

all for a measly quarter. I don't know about you, but I find that the arcade games back then were incredibly more imaginative then the current slew of video games. Just how many ways can you shoot somebody anyways? Current games seem to lack a certain fantastical/absurdist quality.

For those of you who long to relive the days of rolling a marble around, remembering not to shoot the food and skating and *not* dying, the 12th annual California Extreme event in San Jose this weekend is just your ticket. It's a showcase of "classic" arcade games and the best part is that you can play for free! Woo Hoo!

Back in the 70's, I worked for a time at a video game arcade. We used to get the latest and greatest games as they came out and would spend hours after work playing them and messing with the configurations. It helped being near Silicon Valley because we'd often get some of the stranger and one of the kind games, not to mention that some of the designers/distributors would show up once in a while and show us the Easter Eggs such as the hidden silos and flags in Xevious and the names of the designers written on the side of the Death Star in Star Wars.

A lot of the original arcade game ROMs are available online and are playable with Mame, but you know what, it isn't the same.

Anyone else waste away hours after hours feeding quarter after quarter into these things?