I miss having my buddies over and they would bringing over their tapes/cartridges to play. Taking turns, loving if there was a two player option. Bubble Bobble, Contra, Jackal were some of our favorites for just that reason. Trying to find new tricks and reading about some cool tip or cheat in a magazine, or just discovering a move in a game. Or maybe a secret area. I always check behind waterfalls in games.
I also miss how me and my old pal used to sit and play through Metroid and Legend of Zelda together. When we'd beat it we would cheer and act like we just won the Lottery. When I finally beating Mike Tyson in Punch-Out and my little cousin who sat next to me watching got up and cheered and hugged me like she won too. She still remembers that day pretty clearly. She must have been four.
Finally I miss going to a video store or pizza shop and playing arcades after school or watching my pop play arcades. He was much more patient than I was and could make that quarter last. He was great at Rastan and Black Tiger. Even better at Pac-Man, Arkanoid and the 194x series.
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