@yakkoTDI Wow, that is amazingly more video games that I expected had ever existed. And some go back into the 1800’s!
(although the list includes vending machines, slot machines, and other vaguely-related stuff, so that may be inflating the numbers a bit)
Thanks for the link. Now I need to find some way to absorb all the new data.
What’s the cutoff for “classic” in 2023? Because there are a LOT of old arcade games that just weren’t prolific during the big boom of the late 90’s.
Early 80’s games, when maybe one came out a month? Stuff like Berserk and Warlords get overlooked under Missile Command and Asteroids and Death Race, then eventually Q*Bert and Marble Madness and Pengo and Pole Position. (Personally I liked barebones Qix and Elevator Action.)
When games began to have a budget (Monkey Punch, Dragon’s Lair budget) and technology grew (raster effects in Tempest grew into Star Wars grew into near-VR games like Battletech or Jurassic Park), the market began getting flooded with several games a month. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but with that kind of volume, some nice games just get completely overlooked or weren’t widely localized or didn’t get a home port (or were impossible to emulate). Super Ninja Baseball Bat Men was just no competition for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Mystic Warriors was overshadowed by the Simpsons; Dragon Breed was less heard of than Darius; King of Dragons is just a primitive Dungeons & Dragons; Gate of Doom was a Gauntlet knockoff; who remembers Galaxy Force when Space Harrier was around; Avenging Spirit is a pre-Kirby antique; Willow wasn’t even that big of a movie; Dynamite Duke was no Operation Wolf/Time Crisis/he’s not Duke Nukem; and where are my home ports of Cadilacs & Dinosaurs or Predator? (Though some experiments were probably best left alone like Dark Edge.)
Is Tech Romancer (1998) a classic now? It received a Dreamcast port, which in PlayStation terms, means it’s from the PS2 era… which is 25 years old at this point.
Ok. I just need to set this straight. I am a child of the 70’s/80’s and grew up begging my dad for quarters. I’m a big dork so I have all the things. I have an Atari 2600 running on a 65" curved 4K Samsung TV. Who ever said Combat earlier I award you 6 internet points. Had you gone with Adventure, you would have doubled that.
That being said, I have an arcade machine that can play each and every coin-op game I grew up with and raised my daughter on that. I really thought she’d be a Ms. Pac Man kid, but in solo mode, she can go for hours on Moon Patrol.
But to answer the original question, Elevator Action is our favorite two player game. And often overlooked. And I can almost always kick my daughters butt at it.