Hello, NPCs, and welcome to the second annual 31-Day Challenge! This year, we’re taking an Elemental Challenge by our powers combined: Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, Heart! …Uh okay, wrong elements. We’re talking about game genres today, not environmentalist agitprop cartoons from the 90’s.
The rules are simple, if you’d like to participate with us in the event: Every day you’re challenged to name your favorite game in a specific genre for thirty-one days in a row. Leave your nominations in the comments below. You cannot mention a game you have already used in a previous day. Can you name a game for every genre on our list? Keep up if you can! Let’s begin…
For many of players alive today, gaming started in the arcades. These air conditioned, dimly lit havens were local after-school and weekend meccas for games of all shapes and sizes. A lot of our impressions of gaming undoubtedly formed in arcades, consciously or unconsciously. Arcades were the fertile crescent of video games, where games first took off, and when we entered them, it was like re-entering a digital womb.
I’d like to quote the Evergreen Sage Mage (wakalapi) who can only be with us in spirit today: “Now, as I play Tekken 7 in the luxury of my own home on my PC, beating faceless players online, or getting beat up, there seems to be something missing. I miss the human relational aspect of it all. I miss the wincing faces, the anger, the joy, the trash talking… I miss the invasive noise of being surrounded by arcade machines blaring away, the in-person community, the coaching, the rivalries and the drama.”
Well said. It’s tragic that arcades have largely become a thing of the past, which many of the favorites on today’s list emphasize, but they will always have a special place in the heart of this mage.
On with our picks for favorite arcade games!
The Green Screen Mage
Crazy Taxi! Running people over for funsies! I mean taking customers to their destinations in an orderly fashion… Yeah, that’s what I meant.
The Black Humor Mage
I grew up on a lot of arcade games. I had plug n’ play systems and Namco Museum for my PSP and PS2 that I played like crazy. I have an uncle who played arcades through the late-70’s to the mid-80’s as kid. It was his favorite thing, and to this day I don’t know anyone who is better than him at arcade games. He taught me a lot of different strategies for those games, so I’m not too shabby at them. I have so many favorites, but Ms. Pacman is my favorite. It’s such a upgrade from the first game and a much tougher too. It’s one I can be on for like an hour or two.
The Red Hot Chili Mage (Stuff and That Reviews)
The Simpsons Arcade Game: I’ve never been much of an arcade person, and there are never too many good games on English arcades of my experience. However, if there is one arcade game I’ve always loved it is this. Of course, it gets extra points from its Simpsons license, but it’s also just a brilliantly fun beat-em-up game and one of the very best.
The Midnight Mystic Mage (Sublime Reviews)
After deliberation the Rush series is my choice for this genre. It is the first game that I sat there at the roller-rink pumping quarters in all night during a lock-in
until I got myself a high spot on the leaderboard. I can’t quite remember if I got first
but I know I was trying to all night, both the San Francisco Rush and Rush 2049 were
great versions so I did not choose one but this specific time was San Francisco. There
were a few others that I was very tempted to add to this category but I ended up
feeling they were better representations of another genre. (Honorable Mentions – Die
Hard Arcade, Star Wars: Racer Arcade, Time Crisis)
The Spoony Bard Mage (Nerd Speaker)
I grew up a little late for arcades, and when I went I tended to play pinball. My favorite go-to, however, was Bust-A-Move AKA Puzzle Bobble. I loved Bubble Bobble, so this one always drew me in. Also, helped me learn angles.
The Five More Minutes Mage (Gamegato)
The Final Fourteenth Mage (Cilla vs. Games)
As a young child what could be more exhilarating than driving radically around corners whilst listening to The Offspring. Crazy Taxi was the one machine I’d always look for when we went to an arcade and I was always excited to see it.
The Hopeful Handheld Mage (Retro Redress)
Arcades are a rare beast in 2017, but whenever I see one, I always look for an Outrun 2 machine. That’s the sign of quality – if you don’t have this great sequel of one of Sega’s finest arcade games, then you’re not a real arcade in my eyes.
The Rage Mage
Nothing warmed my embittered soul among the smell of armpits and the burning hair of the arcades more than the torturous sight of Chiller. If you don’t know what it is, DO NOT Google it. I’d describe it as a game where someone wasted the time putting people up in iron maidens and the racks just to shoot at them anyway. And Red thought The Last of Us was too violent… bahahahahaha!! Nerd.
The Well-Red Mage
I grew up in the arcades (Tilt, Fun Factory, the laundromats, Chuck E. Cheese and its predecessor Show Biz) so we’re starting off with a tough question for me, but when I find an arcade and enter it there are usually only a few cabinets I look for immediately. Chief of these is Centipede. I really like playing Centipede. It’s still addicting after 37 years. I love that old school color contrast, the beeps and boops and thump-thump-thump of the antagonist arthropod. The only other game I can think of right now that could take this spot would be Bubble Bobble, an equally enjoyable and lovable game.
One down, thirty to go! I want to give a private standing ovation in the comfort of my own home for the members of our magely writing team that got on board this event in such short notice! Great motivation, you arcane allies!
Readers, stop in again tomorrow for day two… appropriately named because we’ll be talking 2D platformers! See you there!