Arcade Week begins on In Third Person! Many of us have played games in the arcade before. But have you actually beaten one? If so, how much did you pay to see the credits roll?
Arcade games are designed to provide bursts of thrills that suck as much money out of you as fast as possible. Due to the economic realities that come with trying to play any arcade game to completion, I simply didn’t. But there was one day in high school where my friends and I did.
It was our first year in high school. With the freedom to go anywhere we wanted at lunch, we went where all the cool kids went: the mall. On Tuesdays, we would take advantage of Toonie Tuesday at KFC, where you could get a two-piece chicken meal with fries for only $2. These days, the Tuesday special isn’t anywhere near as cheap as that. For the rest of the week, eating at pretty much any other food court option was better than the food at our school cafeteria.
We also had an arcade in our mall. Rows of machines spanning all genres, from fighting games, to racing games, and a pool table in the middle. But one machine caught our eye at the front of the arcade: Jurassic Park.
I’m pretty sure it’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the two-seater cab with the guns on the side, but I don’t know for certain. What I do remember was that it was a cabinet you sat in and shot at dinosaurs. We were blown away by it the first time we encountered it, but we didn’t have enough money on-hand to see it through.
The next time around, we were prepared. Each armed with a $20 bill, we exchanged them for a boatload of $1 coins. As one of us would fall in battle, the next player would throw in a loonie to continue the fight. About $40 and 30 minutes later, we were done.
On one hand, it felt great to complete a task with my friends. It was also a pretty fun game! On the other hand, we spent a ton of money between the four of us for a 30-minute game with virtually no replay value.
While I’m not ready to throw down a wad of cash to get through another arcade game any time soon, I’m glad to have done it at least once. Are there any arcade games you’ve played to completion?
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