Best Nintendo arcade game of 1980

HeliFire   1 vote - 50 %
Radar Scope   0 votes - 0 %
Sheriff   0 votes - 0 %
Space Demon   0 votes - 0 %
Space Fever   0 votes - 0 %
Space Firebird   1 vote - 50 %
2 Total Votes
You never fail... by belldandi (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 05:06:01 AM EST
to entertain. I must say that I like reading your posts, as well as anecdotes about Zippy and others; it's like a more profane version of Dilbert. I guess I'm also glad that my Dilbert moments don't seem to ever be as bad as what I read about here.

Thanks for the smile this morning,

I think for christmas by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 05:38:29 AM EST
We should all pitch in and buy you a short with 'Escalate!!!' embroidered on it.

I just ate about 7 pounds of meat

I was thinking of doing a Cafe Press shirt: RC:17 by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 05:46:54 AM EST
But even I wouldn't shell out 20 bucks for that. My experiences with their products have been less than stellar.

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80's video games by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 06:00:07 AM EST
Since I had to google yours, and it doesn't ring a bell, I wonder if you know of a galaga like game I recall playing as a kid.

It was like galaga/space invaders -- you shot oncoming swarms. Only it was bugs (like galaga), yet you could "capture" lots of bugs -- have something like 8 bugs on either side of your ship, and on some bonus levels, you'd "bounce" the oncoming ones -- kept shooting them, and they'd bounce back up, and more points etc.

No luck ever remembering what it was. Played it at sports camp many, many years ago.. MAME didn't help me, nor wiki.

Probably 'Gaplus', possibly 'The End' by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #7 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:44:11 AM EST
'The End' was the first Konami game Stern licensed for the US (others followed) in 1980. Gaplus was a Namco game from 1984. Both had bugs but Gaplus had a tractor beam to and bonus round screens where you'd shoot a few bugs and they'd go up a bit then fall down to the left or right alternating with each shot.

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I followed wiki by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:49:15 AM EST
to gaplus, but the description they gave didn't sound right from what I recall.

And I tried googling it, but too many of the sites are blocked here (even google pictures) so I couldn't make a call on it..

But your comment about bonus rounds bouncing the bugs sounds spot on... I just remember "juggling" the bugs got more points -- the bonus was for how many bugs you hit, and each time you hit one and it recoiled back up, you could keep shooting it for a long time, racking up the points..

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I can't recall any other bouncing bug bonus games by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:58:48 AM EST
Gaplus is the only game which meets your description and I feel stupid for including "The End" except that it had bugs and maybe you'd confused the gameplay of two machines.

Gaplus was a the third in the Galaxian series (after Galaxian and Galaga). It also didn't hold you on the bottom of the screen but allowed you to move... [starts up MAME, starts Gaplus, waits, tests] a full halfway up the screen which could be useful but also very dangerous.

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Guess I'll need to look into by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 08:07:55 AM EST
it as well. Gotta go fine my 3gb cache of MAME roms I lifted a looong time ago and see if it's in there..

(I'm afraid I lost those ROMs, though I leeched many from back when they actually linked to roms for emulators like MAME and nesticle, SNES emus etc)

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I'm still seeding a good torrent. by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 08:48:46 AM EST
If you PM me I can set you up an account on my FTP to leech it. Not complete but the best collection I have so far. ISO -- I use Alcohol to run it. Downside: have to hit OK each time to start a game.

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You doth protest too much by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 06:47:41 AM EST
Can't you save some time by nmap -O'ing these beeyatches while they're still thinking what lie to tell you?  Or require a systeminfo dump or else the ticket gets sent to wherever Rove's email went.

I think you like talking to these klutzes.  Screwing midgets, and all that.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.

We can't stop them filing. by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:52:18 AM EST
But at some point we always nail 'em. Usually it's within the initial mail or two, or if not that then the damned logs (thank you HijackThis and msinfo), but with shitheels like these relief only comes when we give in and do a Web conference, allowing us see everything for ourselves. The first thing we do is hit that fucking Start button to see which OS they're on.

Even after being busted they'll try to keep us on the phone, talking at us the way old people blabber on to the cashier. They're desperate to talk to someone... even me. For the life of me I can't imagine why. I've thoroughly dressed down Mook-Man for wasting my time but he keeps coming back like a battered wife, trying to get me on the phone for his latest system destruction. This explains a lot about a number of my problems with $BigBank since I have multiple accounts at multiple divisions of theirs.

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Whatever happened to by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:02:25 AM EST
"The customer is always right"?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

a 40 kilo SLA happened to customer service -nt- by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 07:53:32 AM EST

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Nintendo...Pffft by Phage (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 11:25:34 PM EST
There was only Defender

You can't play Defender with a keyboard and mouse by ReallyEvilCanine (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 02:16:11 AM EST
Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., Punch-Out and all the VS and Playchoice games work just fine. That said I'd give up one of my pinball machines for a Defender or Stargate upright.

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*hug* by duxup (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Mar 17, 2008 at 06:18:44 AM EST