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    Can you remember old arcade games you used to play at your local arcade or fun fair. Not the computer games but genuine arcade games?

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    Yes.But pictures are not that easy to get hold of.
    There are several I remember playing in the early 70's, that I have been searching for years to get a picture of.
    Here's a few I recall playing in those days before video games


    not the actual one I remember, but near enough


    There was also a Duck shot version of this


    I loved these automated houses

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    Thanks for the piccys guys, brings back some good old memories.

    Does anyone remember a motorbike rider game.
    It was a full size motorbike in a cage, which you sat on. The rollers turned the wheels and all you could do is turn the handlebars from left to right whilst following a moving light on a screen in front of you.

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    Yes, they had one in Hastings

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    I do love a bit of electromechanic arcade action and can distinctly remember some of the ones I encountered during holidays at camps in the early '70s. You can go here http://www.marvin3m.com/arcade/ for a lot of American ones but there do seem to be a fair few UK-centric games that are nigh-on impossible to source pics of. A couple I can remember playing back then



    and another (UK) version




    Flotilla


    Staring into a darkened cabinet with black light graphics was the best!

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    Great pic Wil
    I remember a WW1 bi-plane one with the old style aircraft two handed machine gun (in reality just a metal model of one that did nothing).
    You had to shot down biplanes (plastic models on sticks). The mechanics was all inside the body of the machine, and the "screen" was just a mirror pointing down into the cabinet.
    I loved those old games

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    Another one I have mentioned before, and would love to see again, was a shooting game, which was a large machine with a step up platform, and two halves of a rifle sticking out.
    You put your money in, and looked down the scope and could see a small Red & Black paper target. You then shot at the target (the machine just punched tiny holes, it didn't fire anything), and the paper target would drop out of the bottom into a slot when finished.

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    PHWOOAARR!! Look at the plane on that machine!! Looks like the XB 70 Valkyrie (one of my favourite USAF experimental Planes!!!!) Doomed to be cancelled!!

    Anyway, back to games!

    Who remembers TAIL GUNNER ? I used to play this at TUCKTONIA (now sadly demolished, it was a mid 1970s amusement park) It was a game that you could sit inside, I loved it!

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    Ahhhh Tucktonia near Christchurch.
    Do you remember the model village
    They also used to have a formula 1 car in the main foyer with JPS down the side (John Player Special)
    Also used to have the ride on motorcycle game where you got onto a lifesize bike which was driven by rollers, and followed the light on the screen.

    I'm sure they used to have bumper boats there as well...

    Also i am sure they used to have a huge model railway indoors which (when the lights went out) would light up with little working cable cars...

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