He posted this thought-provoking gem recently, and we couldn’t help but notice that his question might be intriguing to our readers as well.
From his blog:
There are all these video games that remind me of the happiness of my childhood: Journey, Riddle of the Sphinx, and Dodge-Em on Atari 2600. The robot gyroscope game, Excitebike, and Super Mario Brothers (the turtle trick!) on NES are just a few. Writing about those, I can feel the orange shag carpet at the house in Sunland, the blue berber carpet in La Crescenta, and I can see the little television in my friend’s bedroom where we played RC Pro-Am until we had “NES Thumb.”
Do you associate certain games with certain arcades or places?
You can read the rest of his blog post at the link above. Meanwhile, this author must answer Wil’s question with a resounding “yes!”
When I think of Atari’s Missile Command, I can’t help but be transported back to a little mall arcade in Smithtown, New York. I couldn’t even begin to estimate how many quarters my dad and I pumped into this addictive game, and the memories of this special father/son time are something I will forever hold dear.
Pac-Man, on the other hand, brings me right back to the local 7-Eleven of my youth. I remember one particular summer, standing in this air-conditioned oasis just about every day with my friends. Slurpees in hand, we took turns competing, and insulted each other, and laughing a lot. Those were good times.
My first home gaming system, the Coleco Telstar Arcade (pictured above), was a much-anticipated Christmas present. Not only did it allow you to play Pong and pinball, but the triangular system also had a steering wheel and gun! Indeed, it was like having an arcade in my bedroom, no quarters required, and my friends and I spent countless hours holed up there, depriving ourselves of sunlight and sustenance, and arguing over who got to drive next. Today, when I think of my childhood bedroom, two things come to mind – the surprisingly good mural of the USS Enterprise orbiting a planet (that my mom painted one day as a surprise to me) and that Telstar Arcade that I practically wore out.
So, what video games do you associate with specific places? Travel back in time, then share those memories with us at Retroland. And thank you, Mr. Wheaton, for posing a question that conjured up such wonderful memories of childhood.