The Internet Arcade

Metal scoops clinking with the sound of two pence pieces … A distinctive tap-tap-tap of fingers on buttons … Electronic beeps and buzzes meant to draw your attention towards the latest machines …

The amusement arcades of my youth had a very distinctive feel … The sights and sounds assaulting the senses were overwhelming at first, but ultimately became a comforting cacophony of noise and lights …

From my past experience, frequenters of these busy, noisy places fall into two categories: The profiteers and the gamers …

I am definitely a member of the latter category …

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing … When I was younger, our summer holidays (well, whitsun week holidays), were spent at Butlins, Skegness.

During that week, I would estimate that 80% of my time would be spent in the many plentiful arcades scattered around the site.

A large proportion of the first day would be spent moving swiftly from arcade to arcade, nervous anticipation giving way to a sense of joy and excitement as new games and old favourites (the likes of Shadow Warriors, Star Wars / Empire Strikes Back, and Flying Shark) are discovered, their positions mentally noted for further investigation at a later time.

Shadow Warriors Arcade

The pocket money so carefully hoarded over the previous twelve months would be divided by 7 to give me my average daily spend (Gaming on a budget is a serious business!).

I would then use the first few days to try out some new games … There were many hidden gems to be found in the dark corners … the likes of Splatterhouse, WWF Wrestling (Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan being the heroes of the day) and Discs of Tron spring to mind …

Splatterhouse Arcade

Then I would move back to the old favourites, in an attempt to push my previous achievements above and beyond … Cabal, World Cup 90 (where Over-head kick goals were attempted at every opportunity!), 1942, Chase HQ, the list is practically endless …

World Cup 90 Arcade

By the end of the week I would return home with a smile on my face, and my new favourite games etched into my brain with my pockets significantly lighter.

You are probably wondering what the point of this trip down memory lane is … Well, recently I stumbled across The Internet Archive, a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Amongst the many links in this wonderful site there sits, glowing like a beacon in the darkness, The Internet Arcade … A place to relive my childhood nostalgia and take a trip down memory lane …

Now, if you’ll excuse me … I have a game called Shadow Warriors to beat … ;)

Shadow Warriors Arcade

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