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Stiq Figures, September 15 - 21: Winners don't use drugs edition

Thomas Schulenberg, @T_Schulenberg
September 29, 2014
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Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter.

Wondering through the glowing pathways of a thunderous arcade has yet to get old, but watching the style of play steadily recede into obscurity certainly has. Online play is now immensely more popular than standing beside an opponent at a cabinet, and while it's a bittersweet tradeoff, it doesn't mean we can't reminisce about our all-time favorites from our luminous mazes of machines, even if they were designed to drain our savings before we realized what happened.

Metal Slug X might hold the all-time quarter-draining record for me, but X-Men and The Simpsons Arcade Game made a respectable effort for the title. I was awful at Bust-a-Move, but it was still a routine stop before I ever ran out of coins. I didn't have the reflexes needed to get through Area 51, but that didn't stop me from loving it (or Tekken 2, despite my ineptitude at combos). Attempts at the Donkey Kong and Galaga leaderboards rounded out the games I played most often, . And then there was that Dance Dance Revolution tipping point ...

As logical as the financial and cultural factors are for the fade of arcades, I still miss trying new games locked in bulking, intimidating machines and going from stranger to teammate in seconds. What about you? Which games were your go-tos, and did you ever manage to beat them? Tell us about your arcade heydays in the comments, right after you check this week's Japanese hardware sales after the break!




3DS LL: 35,622 [UP] 4,020
Vita: 11,148 [DOWN] 1,183
PS4: 8,939 [DOWN] 14,684
Wii U: 8,396 [UP] 1,334
3DS: 7,970 [UP] 3
PS3: 6,078 [DOWN] 5
Xbox One: 1,314 [DOWN] 1,701
Vita TV: 709 [DOWN] 108
Xbox 360: 103 [UP] 7
PSP: 99 [DOWN] 2









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