My local area has two malls. One is a giant monstrosity that everyone goes to, and the other is kinda run-down, has a Ice-Skating rink that is never used, and is the location of occasional gang shootings.
I was in the lesser mall today, killing time before grabbing a burger with a friend, and I noticed that the mall had an arcade. Now, I didn't get my hopes up, I expected crappy ticket machines and no real games. I stroll in, and what do I see?
Street Fighter 2, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Soul Calibur 2, Killer instinct and Street Fighter 3rd Strike.
I thought these were dead. What is going on?!?! My buddy and I skip the burgers and spend 3 hours sinking quarters into these classics.
Then the one guy running the arcade in the mall approaches me and tells me that I can have the 3rd Strike machine for 300 dollars (Apparently no one plays it!), if I handle the transport (This thing is on the second floor of the mall.) That would be a pain, since it's a fairly large machine, but with a couple friends I think it could be painless.
I HAVE TO BUY THIS THING, RIGHT???
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It was unbelievably simple to get it out of the mall and into the truck. With the right angle we even got it into the house with little headache! It was set up and ready to play at 11:30, I bought an unbelievably large amount of booze, food and soft drink. I invited all of my friends over and we played 3rd Strike for 5 hours straight. They've all gone home now, today alone was worth the purchase! Arcade perfect 3rd Strike and alcohol is a dream come true.
This thing is going to get a lot of use, and my daughter even wants to learn it. So I taught the 7 year old to throw a fireball. It was pretty special.