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Jan. 12th, 2018 @ 04:47 pm Work arcade cabinet
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One of my colleagues bought an old arcade cabinet. He stripped all the electronics and bought a “Pandora Box”, a small machine containing 815 arcade games that you just hook arcade controls and a screen on. He even got a coin slot, which has to be fed with guilders (the currency we had before we switched to the euro 15 years ago! That was, back in the day, indeed the price for a single credit, so extra nostalgia!). It turned into a really cool two-player machine, and today he installed it in our break room.
There’s an interface to select the game you want to play. Unfortunately, it’s not in alphabetic order, so there’s some poring over a printout needed to find something if you’re looking for something specific. My eye fell on the Super Macross game: a vertical shooter (my favourite arcade genre) based on the Superdimensional Fortress Macross anime. Of course, I couldn’t resist.

I have been limiting the number of sessions at the cabinet, because otherwise I’d spend all day in the breakroom, trying to better my highscore. I have started to take a cellphone pic of my highscores, because every time you choose a different game, the highscores have been reset!
I now have roped a colleague into my sessions, too. With two players, it’s both easier (there’s another player to take care of enemies elsewhere on the screen) and harder (it’s more chaotic and it’s harder to ‘know’ your place on the screen), but great fun!

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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Date:January 12th, 2018 06:47 pm (UTC)
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The arcade cabinet sounds pretty awesome. But what a temptation during work! You are a strong man to resist it!!!
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Date:January 14th, 2018 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's a good thing it's in the break room, across from the coffee machine. So if you're there all day, people are bound to notice. And if things get really dire, then we can always start rationing the guilders!
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