Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Ode To "Aftershock": The Greatest Arcade Game (That Distributed Tickets) Ever



It may be in bad taste to promote this game shortly after the Haiti earthquake, but it was fiction, and it ate quarters. A lot of quarters. For those of you that have never played this game, the idea was simple. Drop a quarter into that little metal slot just above the handlebar (?) and just pray you got what it takes.

There was a vibration function in the game that played in accordance with the will of God. If you were having a good day, the quarter would slowly shimmy and you could easily guide it into the 60 or 100 ticket slot. Bad day meant that your quarter was ricocheting off of everything and like a flash it was game-over. The game was also kind of morbid too. Aside from the whole, earning tickets from a fictitious earthquake thing if you got the quarter in the day-care center you were awarded like 5 tickets, but if you got it into the skyscraper, you got 60. I don't know what that means, but I know I don't like it.

There is an estimated $5000 lost somewhere within 100 some-odd Aftershock machines throughout the country and I am completely fine with that. I probably won at least $32 dollars worth of prizes, but the thrill of the game can't be surpassed.

I can't decide between game-deciding free-throws or down to your last two quarters in Aftershock. Yeah, they're being sold for $200 on Amazon. Just saying...

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