Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Pop Culture League: The First Quarter for Star Castle
This week's assignment from the PCL: First Quarter - or first arcade/video game memory!
What is your earliest arcade or video game memory.
Since I was a kid in the 70s, I was the perfect age for the arcade/video game phenomenon. I am sure a played a few different ones, but for some reason, Star Castle sticks out in my mind. It was a simple game. I don't think I ever got to a very high level, but for some reason, I remember playing it a lot in the early days.
The objective of the game was to blast the walls around the enemy ship that was in the center. If I remember correctly, each wall regenerated or took more hits to destroy it. As time went on, the walls expanded.
A big reason I remember this game was because we always played it when we visited my mom's aunt and uncle, and they always liked to go to the pizza buffet at Shakey's Pub and Pizza.
My brother and I would always get a few quarters and play away.
Over the years, I got really good at Ms. Pac Man, I loved Burger Time and Rampage. We got an Atari 2600 and played Pitfall, Enduro, Combat, and Demon Attack.
I always loved the commercial for Demon Attack.
As I neared the end of high school and arcades had basically died out, my friend and I put many a quarter into Twin Cobra at the local bowling alley. My all time favorite. I even found a full size arcade version on Ebay a few months back. Someday...
So Star Castle and Twin Cobra bookended my arcade playing days. I don't have an XBox or Playstation. I only played an XBox once in my life. Can't afford another hobby.
From the rest of the league.