80s Video Game Arcade Etiquette

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Video gaming today is done mostly alone or in small groups. But, the Old School, 80s video gaming arcade is making a nostalgic comeback. So, before you go to one, stock up on a few rolls of quarters and learn how to act without Spazzing out…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Enter Without Fanfare: Arcade gaming requires lots of concentration in a hectic environment. Players couldn’t care less if you’ve “arrived” – unless it’s for a Donkey Kong showdown…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Be Ready To Roll: Take care of your nature needs, hunger pangs and thirst before you hit the floor. Now’s a good time to find a Pit Boss who can turn your bills into quarters. 5 bucks worth is a good start. $10 if you’re there to throw down…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Head Straight For Your Game: At it’s height, the 80s video game arcade held about 50 machines dominated by maybe 5 titles. If the joint is jammed, lay down two bits at a time only. That’s just one quarter on the glass, indicating you got next game…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Start Your Game Right Away: Don’t “Norton” the machine with the elaborate preparations of a concert pianist. Grab the stick, drop your two bits and get rolling…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Know Your Stuff: Compared to video games today, 80s arcade games were not exactly rocket science. Except for Asteroids, of course. It’s all about high scores and stretching 25 cents into Infinity. Your weapons are usually just a joystick and a couple of buttons. Concentrate on the screen…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Skip The Play By Play: Hanging behind other players and doing “color” is very uncool. Watch. Listen. Learn. Don’t be a backseat driver. Particularly if they’re chasing the checkered flag on Death Race 2000…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

Clear The “Zone”: Arcade gamers don’t like to be crowded or jostled. It isn’t basketball. Even your best friend from first grade will take one of your lives if you make him trip over a barrel or get winged by a lucky space rifle shot. Especially on a “Magic Run”…
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How To Arcade Game 80s Old School

There’s No Crying In Arcade Gaming: Be a modest winner and a graceful loser. When the inevitable happens, one good slam on the deck is about all that’s allowed when you’re out for the count…
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Know When To Quit: Just like a Casino, 80s gaming arcades have a House Advantage. Don’t lose yours by gambling away the mortgage money a quarter at a time. In the end, there’s never one player in that arcade forever holding on to the high score for Pac Man. There’s always next payday…
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