Thanks to her adoption of my still-working N64 (the clear purple one, in case you want to be jealous), my fourteen-year-old daughter has been enjoying a real Retro Gaming Experience.  She’s really enjoying herself, and for some reason is repeating memes about Sonic, who isn’t even a Nintendo character, but I don’t try to understand the teenage mind.  Of course, she can’t play all the stupid games I used to love, like ‘Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX’ or whatever Donkey Kong game it was had the weird barrel cannon thingies, nor can she enjoy the feeling I got when the giant Super Pac-Man arrived to wreck the ghosts back in ’83, leading to today’s 8-bit query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) sometimes really misses that Mirra game, especially the soundtrack, which introduced me to Sublime, asking: What Retro Gaming Experience would have you throwing down your money the fastest?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. The wife bought me an arcade table a few years ago (before MAME became a big deal), and I can play close to 100 old school arcade games. So, Galaga, Pac, and Donkey Kong are my faves. I’m still looking for a reasonably prized TMNT and Gauntlet arcade systems.

  2. I still have my 80’s and 90’s systems in working order and play them regularly. What I would like to own is a classic arcade cabinet, like Donkey Kong or Pac Man with original circuit board.

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