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Death of an American Pastime
The Death of an American Pastime
Not so many years ago there was a wonderful movement in the area of entertainment. It actually became a pastime for many youths across this great nation of America. Spread out through each mall in America and several other solo establishments catered to this need for games. For me this phenomenon began in 1985 when I was just a wee lad. My first video game was a game of pinball played with help from my dad. He would pull the handle back to shoot the ball and help me hit the paddles. That is when my joy of video games bloomed, and it was in a pizza shop, maybe Chuck E. Cheese.
In years since I would often find myself in arcades across many different malls enjoying new games and spending massive amounts of quarters at a time. The enchantment of these establishments started the second you walked through the doors. The flashes of lights, buzzes, bangs, zooms, and countless more electronic sounds created an excitement not since equaled. All of these sounds invited you to try your skills at winning the ever challenging arcade game. One time I came so close to winning one of these games but after ten dollars of quarters I was out and down to my last life. The end of the game was just around the corner and as I turned the corner in the game I was shot. I was playing Time Crisis II, the one with the foot pedal you push to hide. Well, right before I was shot the little red target symbol popped up over the guy that shot me so I pushed the pedal but was dead already. Needless to say I was very upset and was casually escorted from the establishment. They claimed I was making a scene and disturbing their other patrons, whatever.
In this day and age as I cruise through the malls, whether I go alone or with my family, I pass the arcades only to find them empty and desolate, void of any and all activity and excitement. I sometimes wonder why this travesty has been allowed to happen and how it even could happen. I would suppose that with the emergence of home arcade game systems like, the Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox series of video game systems and the increasingly more realistic types of games there really is no more need to go to an arcade in a mall. No more shall we waste our lives in a mall arcade burning up our money in a senseless waste of time. But if we should stop there why not stop wasting our lives watching stupid TV shows like the Kardashians or Law and Order.
I say we take a momentary stand against the loss of this fantastic pastime. This is how we can do this; each one of us can take ten dollars and go to an arcade near us and play all of our favorite games for at least one day. I guess after that, if it is to die we shall let it die with honor and bury it in the annals of history right next to vinyl records, eight track tapes, and VCR’s. Now if you’ll excuse me, my Playstation and Tekken Tag Tournament game are waiting for me.