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What is your favorite video game?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 26, 2007

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Golden Eye’ for the Nintendo 64, because you can be Odd Job and karate chop people below the belt.”

Photo of Anna Beggs

Mario Kart 64.’ I played it a lot against my brother, but he usually beat me.”

Photo of Henry Ohse

FIFA Street’ or ‘NFL Street.’ I like soccer and football games a lot.”

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“The ‘Tomb Raider’ series, because it automatically aims at the enemies and they take a lot of thinking.”

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

sgt, I'm disappointed you did not mention "Global Thermonuclear War" .

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Agnostick 6 years, 6 months ago

prospector: There's a rumor out there that the avatar for "Marion's Marauders" was modeled after Peter Graves and/or George Peppard. You got any more info on that?

Thanks! :)

--Ag

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gphawk89 6 years, 6 months ago

Galaga, although it's getting hard to find a Galaga machine in arcades nowadays. Anyone know where there's one in town?

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Marcus DeMond 6 years, 6 months ago

NHL 93 on sega genesis

do the swerve and watch the goalie take the bait

the fighting was fun too!

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Greenbird 6 years, 6 months ago

M.U.L.E!!!! The only problem is when you play against the computer it cheats.

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GretchenJP 6 years, 6 months ago

Burnout on X-Box and bowling on Wii.

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kneejerkreaction 6 years, 6 months ago

After Pong, all the games pale in comparison. Pong graphics were awesome, the rest just look fake.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 6 months ago

Reticent:

Are you telling me the truth?

If so, you are as much of a heathen as am I!

By the way, do you know if any of those table-top machines survive?

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prospector 6 years, 6 months ago

Marion's Marauders ( A Nick Danger Production), a mad capped nine fingered megalomaniac posing as a double-not* spy that is blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. You driving around in the Packard from gas station to Westport wearing Blue Blockers sunglasses selling a book or gun parts, or anything. Buy drinks as you search for the last girl without a tattoo. Get an education on the subjects of guns, girls, gods, dogs, cars, politics, cops, robber, lawyers, pump and dump, drugs, Lawrence, KCK, and spamming to name a few. Big kicks!

*NOT-I meant to spell it that way

Thanks

prospector

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beekone 6 years, 6 months ago

Anna Beggs, I'm in love with you

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Bladerunner 6 years, 6 months ago

Roids

I prefer Asteroids over Hemorrhoids.

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monkeyspunk 6 years, 6 months ago

Tecmo Super Bowl and RBI Baseball - Many a evening trashtalking and fighting with siblings and friends over who could win that night's tournament.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

Marion, Yeah, I used to kipe a few nickles from my kindergarten teacher, cut out during naptime and go to the arcade. I missed milk and snack, but sometimes I was able to score some beer, so it was keen.

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Marion Lynn 6 years, 6 months ago

Duck Hunt.

Do any of you remember The Ball Park which was located in Hillcrest and the table-top video baseball games? This would have been about 1970 or so.

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Crispian Paul 6 years, 6 months ago

Old skool Mario Bros and Q-Bert for the old Atari. Oh, yeah, and Tekken....I kill at Tekken.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

sgt, My old VIC-20 still functions as the "brains" of my younger brothers robot tape drive and all. I think it came with a game on a software cartrige? Never played the game. Didn't play any games on the C-64 either, just word processing and a spreadsheet.

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 6 months ago

Ohjay, Beachhead and Summer Games were both classics; Winter Games was great, too. Another game I loved was Racing Destruction Set; did you ever play that? Oh, and International Karate. And Spy vs. Spy.

There was a Paper Boy for the Commodore, as well. I did enjoy that.

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ohjayhawk 6 years, 6 months ago

sgt - I, too, had some awesome games for the C-64. I believe that the reason the graphics/sound were so good (for the time they were unbelievable) was because it's motherboard was what was used in many of the arcade games of the time. I think my favorite C-64 games were Beachhead and Summer Games.

Paper Boy, that's a game I hadn't thought about in years. That was a great game too. I remember it in the arcades, it had bicycle handlebars.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 6 months ago

I saw one of Buckethead's shows last year at Wakarusa. It was, um, something else.

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logicsound04 6 years, 6 months ago

Smash Bros. for N64.

Hands down the best "compete and talk trash on your friends" game ever.

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EasyTiger 6 years, 6 months ago

  1. Resident Evil 4, the gold standard of survival horror games.
  2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you could play this game for a year and not do everything.
  3. Okami, a bit kiddish, but undeniably fun.

Oldenuf: Good call on Hitman, awesome game but definitely takes a ton of patience. Especially in Blood Money, getting that Hitman rating on the highest professional level, man that was hard!

Manhunt would certainly be the most violent game I've ever played, and I've played some real violent ones (GTA series). But this one, at times, almost made me physically ill, pretty bad from just playing a video game.

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acg 6 years, 6 months ago

I had forgotten all about mario kart for N64. We also have an N64 system and I love that game. Whenever we have large house parties, inevitably people always end up playing mario kart for shots. It can be quite entertaining.

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logicsound04 6 years, 6 months ago

Whoops, I must've meant Expert. I don't own a 360, so I don't exactly know what the settings are called. I meant the top setting.

(Not that I've gotten through them at that setting--I just enjoy standing there like a tree when the songs get to the parts where I lose it)

I have played the Buckethead song, however. Completely insane--which is about on par for a Buckethead show. I saw him open for Incubus and Primus at the Uptown 7 years ago or so...

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 6 months ago

Hitman. Assasinating drug lords and such.

Actually, I got a lot out of the Baulder's Gate games. Too much time committment for me now.

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ms_canada 6 years, 6 months ago

I am not sure what exactly is meant by video games. I did recognize the old Tetris game that I have played in the past. But I do like computer games. In fact I think I am addicted to the Mahjongg games. Especially the 200 level Mahjongg Egyptian Edition. You cannot advance until you complete each level. I have played the whole 200 levels several times and never seem to tire of it. Does anyone else play this game and is it classed as a video game?

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Defender 6 years, 6 months ago

All Need for Speed games, Forza Motorsport, Project Gotham Racing games, all Madden

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jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

Holy crap, Agno, that looks awesome. Good thing it comes out around Winter break.

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jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

Oh yeah, and try unlocking Jordan by Buckethead out of the extras. On expert, even in practice mode at the lowest possible speed it's virtually impossible to keep up with the solo.

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jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

logic: Bah! Talk to me when you've gotten through them on expert.

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logicsound04 6 years, 6 months ago

Damn, I plum forgot about Guitar Hero.

I used to play in a band and I still hang out with my former bandmates. Our favorite leisure activity.....

....outdoing each other at GH2.

I have two personal favorites for songs-- "Crazy on You" by Heart & "YYZ" by Rush

Just try them on Hard.....Woooooooo boy!

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motomom 6 years, 6 months ago

CENTIPEDE and TEMPEST.... yea!!!!!

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Marcus DeMond 6 years, 6 months ago

I agree with Andrew and Anna. Mario Kart and Goldeneye for the N64 are two of the most fun multiplayer games I have ever played. I know there are probably better games now but my friends and I just don't have as much time to get addicted to them. But, I will definitely buy a Wii when the new MarioKart comes out next year! The wireless steering wheel is going to be great!!

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 6 months ago

The first two answers are fantastic; Goldeneye and MarioKart 64 are classics. But I have a Gamecube, so I spend my time on the newer version of MarioKart, which is still a lot of fun. Also, Mario Tennis and Super Mario Strikers (soccer) are worthwhile.

Of course, all those games are better if you're playing them with other people. I never really use the Gamecube unless other people are around. And yes, I will be upgrading to the Wii sooner or later; my friends who have used one have all said it's incredibly fun. That, Ag, is another real reason the Wii is selling well; it's not just cheaper, but it's fun and well-designed. If it weren't a good console, the price would be irrelevant.

Oh, and I grew up playing games on a Commodore (first a C64, then a 128), and there were some amazing games for that system. Still some of my favorites. And still old-school but a little less so, I love some of the old DOS games from the 90s.

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Agnostick 6 years, 6 months ago

A_A...

Just when you thought you wallet was safe!

--Ag

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Azure_Attitude 6 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a winner R-I and we have that gear on hand. Appears to have a bit more material than his cub scout handbook has. He's only almost 8 I think the talking to girls can wait but can keep the book for future reference.

Agnostick, Tudedude loves, and I mean with a passion, Guitar Hero. He's won a couple competitions so far - I think he needs to learn to play a real guitar. He's gotten Tudedino all worked up about it so bad he wants one for his birthday in a couple of months, but in the meantime he's buggin' me to take him to his big bro's house so he can play Danzig or YYZ, or have me make his bro move back home so he has access to the game all the time - Doubt that. I hear they have one for signing now too. I can dig that.

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dodger 6 years, 6 months ago

I have to say super mario brothers the original is my favorite....

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Agnostick 6 years, 6 months ago

"A half dozen different systems in 17 years? By the time they release a system it's obsolete. What a racket!"


Well, I think some of these folks are waking up and smelling the coffee. Three game systems were released just in time for Christmas last year: PS3, XBox360, and Wii. The biggest seller so far has been Wii, which is also the cheapest of the three.

Sony dropped the PS3 price by $100 earlier this year, and I predict it'll drop another $50 or even $100 for this Christmas.

"Guitar Hero III," due to be released in November, was originally going to be only for PS3 and 360; earlier this year, it was announced that they'd be porting it "down" to PS2, as well.

--Ag

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Agnostick 6 years, 6 months ago

Well, first off, my wife and I went through all the original "Doom" series. We had a lot of fun with those. For those that never played it, or don't remember, each level of the game had a bunch of hidden secrets--you'd push against a wall or a door, and it would open up and let you into another area. I was better at the combat aspects of the game, but my wife was much better at finding the secrets and bonus weapons and so forth.

The year or so before our daughter was born, we used to blow out big chunks of weekend time--three or four hours at a stretch--playing Halo and Halo 2 on the pre-owned XBox system I bought @ four years ago.

We also found a disc of old, old video games ported over to XBox. The disc is called "Namco's Greatest Hits" or something like that, and there's one game on there from @ 1990 called "Total Carnage" that is just hee-larry-us!! It's a sequel to "Smash TV," and has a lot of references to CNN, Gulf War I, even has an "evil dictator" that pops up at several points in the game, cursing at you in some foreign mumbo-jumbo.

I've also been through some of the GTA series. I've beaten Vice City, San Andreas, and am now picking away at GTA III on a used PS2 system I bought back in May. Violent? Yes. Fun? Hell yeah! Do I know better than to try these things in real life? Of course I do!

But the REAL reason--and I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned it yet--that I bought the old PS2 system earlier this year... was for one game, and one game only:

Guitar Hero.

Yes, I'm a legend in my own mind. Have GH2 and GH '80s, and I'm anxiously awaiting GH3 in November. The whammy bar on my wIreless Frontman controller has already succumbed to the "rubber band fix," which works like a charm. We're newspaper subscribers, so it's like getting a new whammy bar every day! :p

After my daughter pitched several fits because I wouldn't let her push buttons while I played, I finally bought a little electronic pink "Bratz" guitar at WalMart. Best $15 I've spent all year; now, we each have a guitar and we can grind our way through Ratt's "Round and Round" in front of the entertainment center.

Lotta folks may laugh and roll their eyes at Guitar Hero, but after all the concerns about violence and video games, it's nice to see so many people caught up in a game series that has nothing to do with violence.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com http://www.uscentrist.org http://www.americanplan.org

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thomgreen 6 years, 6 months ago

Pole Position, the arcade version only.

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Darth_Vader 6 years, 6 months ago

any of the Tony Hawk skate series, cause I wish I could what my guy does in the game. That or 720....skate or die!!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

A_A, Get Tudedino a copy of "The Dangerous Book for Boys" by by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden instead...

He will also need essential gear any boy should have: a Swiss army knife, a compass, a box of waterproof matches, fish hooks and a handkerchief, a needle and thread among other items.

The book includes much useful information: how to build a treehouse, handy latin phrases, making a bow and arrow, basic grammar, how to hunt, gut, and cook a rabbit, an introduction to Shakespeare, even a chapter on how to talk to girls.

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logicsound04 6 years, 6 months ago

Little-known classic by the GTA guys: Smuggler's Run (if you try it, get the original, not the sequel)

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 6 months ago

I never could afford/had interest in the newer video game models. The last one I bought was the NES and I fell into an old Sega system. You can play all the old games on your computer. Hop on the interwebs and find a NES or Sega or Atari or Whatever Emulator, download, then hunt for the games. Ahhh, memories of being 10 years old. I played RBI baseball this summer and actually was able to download Tecmo Bowl that was somehow updated with 2006 players.

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avaholic 6 years, 6 months ago

Gotta go with Tecmo Bowl, Excite Bike, and any hockey game out there

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jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

"acg (Anonymous) says:

The races aren't that important to me, but I really dig running from the cops and crashing into stuff."

You should try Grand Theft Auto sometime. Now that's fun stuff. Just don't play it around kids.

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Azure_Attitude 6 years, 6 months ago

Tetris, but it's hard to get that old NES to work much so I just faggitabadit.

I have given up on video games. Since Tudedude was little, we've gone from NES, to Sega, to Super NES, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Playstation 2, now Tudedino wants an X-Box. If Mr. Attitude wants him to have it then he can get it for him - and I am sure play it with him. A half dozen different systems in 17 years? By the time they release a system it's obsolete. What a racket!

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 6 months ago

RBI Baseball or Tecmo Bowl. I never got into the role playing/fantasy games, although River City Ransom was quite fun.

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Das_Ubermime 6 years, 6 months ago

I like me some Halo for game consoles, Age of Empires for computers, and Contra for old school.

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Foofabs 6 years, 6 months ago

The Max Payne Series, the story lines were awsome. Vote Ron Paul for President!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry that I nicked other's sound of rapidly expanding super-heated air. It's actually about the only video game I have played.
My parents had bought a Magnavox Odyssey game system. A few days later the Philco met its demise, ne'er to be replaced.

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coolmarv 6 years, 6 months ago

Gauntlet from the mid 80's. It was one where if you kept putting in quarters you could sustain your life. I sure put a lot of money into that machine. Finally started to see how far I could go on one quarter. I once played for 6 hours on one quarter and the bar was closing so I had to quit. Only ever mastered two games. The other was Ms. Pac Man. Must of spent thousands of dollars back then. Never bought a home game system though. Not sure why. I certainly was the type to have one. No money left to buy one probably.

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JoRight 6 years, 6 months ago

Well, I'll bring these comments up to speed; the Half-Life series (1 & 2)

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acg 6 years, 6 months ago

My favorite from when I was a kid is Space Invaders. Today, I really like Need for Speed for PS2. The races aren't that important to me, but I really dig running from the cops and crashing into stuff.

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 6 months ago

RI stole my answer, too. The only video game we have in the house is this litte plug-in joy stick thingie that my bro got for one of my girls. It has Ms. Pac Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Xevious, and Mappy. (I don't even know what the latter two are.) I think I used to like Donkey Kong, Frogger, and that Paper Boy game.

Can we call Spider solitare and Mahjong video games? Probably not. How about the internet version of the daily crossword puzzle?

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preebo 6 years, 6 months ago

Frogger... Or Pitfall.

I actually still have my Original Atari 5200 somewhere in my attic.

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jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

Gonna go with the Legend of Zelda. Pretty much any of those are perfect.

The Elder Scroll Series is probably just as good, but way more time consuming, so less perfect. Fun games that ruin whole semesters of schooling are less than perfect.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 6 months ago

I prefer the "little character" games from the Super Nintendo era (as well as the occasional -"64" game). Reserve all those high-end graphics for my (future) HD TV screen.

Galaxian gets a definite honorable mention!

... and forget any "game" that involves following a gun through some virtual landscape.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 6 months ago

R_I already stole my thunder. Curses!

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tyger_lily 6 years, 6 months ago

Yoshi's Island for the SNES and GBA and Yoshi's Island DS for the GB DS!!!! It doesn't get any better than Yoshi.

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75x55 6 years, 6 months ago

R_I - try and FIND an actual Pong arcade machine anywhere. It's an amazing rarity.

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