Classic: The Sights and Sounds of the Arcade in 1991
I loved Bally's Aladdin's Castle in the Meridian Mall when I was a kid. I liked it better when it was by MC Sporting Goods and went a lot less when they moved down by Service Merchandise. Are these failed store names bringing back any memories? How about Vandervorts? Or B Altman?
These guys captured some footage in 1991 and it really made me want to go back if just for a few minutes. That Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game ate the bulk of my quarters. Punch Out got a lot of play from me. Spy Hunter was the game I spent the most money on.
It all changed for me when I started noticing the ladies. The games became less fun than chasing women and chasing women had more reward. I also hated it when they went to the ticket system. 5 million tickets gets you a pencil eraser! The REAL reward was getting your name on the high scores... and always will be.