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Day 7: The Art of Button Mashing and Cannibal Pacmen

07 Aug

Blaugust Entry, Day 7

Last night, I played some games, but it wasn’t the usual kind I play at home. Some of my work buddies were going to an all-you-can-play night at GameWorks, and I was going to be literally 5 minutes away from it. 

I ate a delicious greaseburger at MeatHead, then headed over to meet up with my friends. 

I’ve been to an arcade probably three times in the last ten years or so, and I keep forgetting how physical a lot of these games are, if only in a very primitive way. 

The majority of the games on offer were either racing games, or shooters. We spent a good amount of time blasting zombies in House of the Dead 2, 3 and 4. They were all right next to eachother. Holding that shotgun up for minutes at a time is a workout of its own. 

The two highlights of my evening were:

1. Semi-button-mashing and winning two rounds against my friend in Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. The key here is that he chose Ryu and Chun Li, while I chose two unknowns. My calculated blocking and jumping of Hadoukens, combined with my graceful mashing of four red buttons gave me a double victory! Woot!

2. 4-Player Pacman

Four players munch dots, avoid ghosts, bump into eachother, eat big dots, become Giant Pacman, eat other puny Pacmen, and scream triumphantly as you defeat all of your friends! 

The best feeling is when you skillfully outmaneuver the pursuing Giant Pacman just when they think they got you. Until you run into the mouth of another one. Ugh. They should totally release this on Steam. 

It was a fun night, even though it was really hard to get up in the morning. 

With all the physicality these arcade games rely on, I wonder if VR tech will bring about a new boom in arcades in the near future. It’s an interesting thought. 

Onward, to Day 8!

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