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  1. It was an absolute classic at the time, but I was always slightly bothered by the way that once you lost a life it was almost impossible to make progress. Not so much an issue in the first four levels but after that you are screwed.
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    SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

    Hmm, I think this might tip me over the edge into buying a Switch. There’s some cracking games in that lot. I might be biased because it was one of the games in the local chippy, but prehistoric isle is excellent.
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    Star Trek Discovery

    As a Trek fan since the original series, and through all the ups and downs, I’m look8ng forward to it.
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    Your old arcade and game shop hangouts

    This, very much so. In Stourbridge there were two - Carol's Fish Bar which had such gems as 1943, Prehistoric Isle and Silkworm, and then at the other end of town there was one who's name escaped me that had Robocop, Time Soldiers and Double Dragon 2. Superb social spots to hang out with friends and pass the time. The other big one was in Birmingham city centre. There was an ice cream parlour called Dayvilles that had a good size arcade with thirty or forty cabs in there at a time but it wasn't the safest place to hang out.
  5. That looks great fun. I'm in.
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    Currently playing...

    I never quite managed it, but always felt that it was possible. The only game I can remember doing on 1 credit is Robocop, but I expect there were others. Golden Axe is pretty likely.
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    Critical Role - The new campaign

    It’s crying out for a proper animated series. Surely it must happen at some point.
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    Had some on the way back from London yesterday at the Oxford services. They were ok. Better than the undercooked limp things that they used to serve, but nothing that I'd call "wow".
  9. I don’t think we have a Riverdale thread, so this will have to do. S03E04, the Breakfast Club/G&G episode is amazing.
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    Recommend me 'git gud' games!

    I’d recommend arcade shooters like Nex Machina, Resogun or Geometry Wars. Grinding doesn’t help you progress, and the leaderboards show clear numerical progress. And they are great fun.
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    Critical Role - The new campaign

    I’ve so nearly caught up. I’m an hour into ep 39.
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    MAME Arcade Appreciation Thread

    Back when I built mine it was also used as a media centre so I wanted it to be useable at normal pc resolutions. I found the pedestal was exactly the right width for the case, and I cut a slot in the front for a dvd drive so I could play disks as well. I’d like to do a fresh build now, but doubt I’ll find the time.
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    MAME Arcade Appreciation Thread

    Not the best pic, but you get the idea. I removed the original monitor and replaced it with a 21” PC CRT display. There’s a desktop pc in the pedestal at the base, accessible through the coin door. It’s a ancient machine now with XP and 512mb RAM but it still plays all the games I want.
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    MAME Arcade Appreciation Thread

    Thats the same design as my cab, just in a different colour scheme.

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