The other weekend, I went back in time. No, I did not steal Doc Brown’s supped up Delorean! A friend and I played an old two man coin operated shooter video arcade game named Metal Slug. I am the sentimental type, but lately with my hectic schedule, I haven’t had much time to reminisce because I’m too busy telling friends about their 401k. Strangely enough, this game really whisked me back to my carefree days of yesteryear.
Teamwork and Camaraderie
When we were growing up, my friends and I spent countless hours at the arcade. We loved the two man shooters. I probably didn’t think too much about it at the time, but looking back, these games really developed our teamwork. You could barrel ahead grabbing all the bonuses and special weapons to increase your score. But the two of us went further ahead if we took turns grabbing the weapons, picking up the extra health, rescuing prisoners, and other bonuses.
No matter the game, attackers would come from all angles. Ideally one would take out the ground troops while the other took out the paratroopers. The term “I got your back” sticks out as enemies often came from the backside. We really had to join forces at the end of every level where the Big Boss waited. We had to strategically unleash hell with a barrage of bullets, grenades, rockets, and smart bombs. I still chuckle at how much noise we made. “Look out! Don’t get too greedy! Grab the rocket launcher!”
For a brief moment in time, I felt like a kid again. We shouldn’t forget our carefree days just because we are now busy adults. If I ever have a kid, I sure hope they develop childhood friends like I have. When they are old enough, we will have to hunt down an old video arcade where they can develop their teamwork and camaraderie. Some of my fondest memories came from those games my friends and I would hit every weekend. It also kept us out of trouble. Perhaps you can sneak in a game or two and take a trip back in time yourself. It will be the best quarter you ever spent!
What’s your favorite video arcade game? If you don’t have one, what was your favorite childhood pastime?