Sunday, August 13, 2006

Best boardwalk/arcade game ever?

My vote: skee-ball, not just because of the skill involved (which is why it's better than video poker), but because of the horrible, cheezy, cheap-ass prizes you can accumulate after playing.

Discuss.

14 Comments:

Blogger mc said...

Abso-frickin-lutely. I love skeeball, from the malfunctioning lanes at the arcade that occasionally give you an extra ball, to the long skein of tickets with which you can get plastic spider rings, super balls, the paddle with the ball attached, etc. LOVE IT. In fact, I very happily spent my 32nd birthday playing skeeball on the Jersey shore.

Pinball is pretty cool, too. Still, not as great as skeeball.

9:58 PM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger KLee said...

I spent many a summer perfecting the art of skeeball in the arcade on the strand at Myrtle Beach. There's something so satisfying about the clack of the wooden balls and the thwock! as they land in the holes. And don't get me started on the sensory overload that is the whirling alarm light and buzzer combo that went off when you reached the winner's threshhold! And the smooth, unbroken chain of tickets! I used to try to outdo myself -- to see how long that chain could get! what else in life could there but skeeball with a celebratory ice cream cone after a rousing game? Ah, nostalgia. :)

10:03 PM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger corndog said...

Prizes? Who gives a frickin' frick about the prizes? SKEE-BALL RULEZ!!!! (Although I did win a pretty cool stuffed polar bear playing skee-ball at Busch Gardens when I was a kid.)

10:11 PM, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Kelly said...

I so love skeeball. It requires zero athletic ability and still has "ball" in the title... And it costs like a quarter... And you win stuff just for playing!

11:59 PM, August 13, 2006  
Blogger Jessica said...

Love, love, love it...I hadn't played in years until just recently - took the kids to an arcade where they went to all the high tech, flashy games while I played game after game of skeeball. Guess what? Next thing I knew, they were all lined up beside me, playing it, too.

10:59 AM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger ccw said...

I love, love, love skeeball. Was there ever a better game?

You have just reminded me of the time I won Kid L a bear bigger than my car. We actually had to buy twine to tie it to the car to drive home.

12:08 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger BernieRA said...

I will depart- whilst I love skeeball (perhaps not as much as the rest) my favorite has come along in recent years- the linked driving game.

Two was the previous driver limit- now I have seen as many as eight. Whether it's a family of four or you and seven of your best and/or drunkest friends, nothing beats the shouts of 'you cheated!', 'Is that you in the red car', and 'could you at least TRY to stay on the road?'

In the blogosphere, history is to be respected. However, technology has done well in some respects.

As an aside, the proliferation of gun-centered games WITH GUN SIMULATORS has me very unhappy. Taking a child to the arcade is nearly a waste of time, because 4 out of 5 games is a shooting simulator. I don't mean Galaga, Space Invaders, or other fly and fire games- I mean House of the Dead, Sniper, Deer Hunter, etc. My 9 year old daughter and 13 year old son now have nothing to play, because Mom and I object.

12:49 PM, August 14, 2006  
Blogger pink letter law said...

Skee Ball Rules!!!! Whack-a-mole is a close second :) And if I feel like looking like an idiot, I'll get on the dancing game...the one with the platforms next to each other where you try to complete the steps more accurately than your competitor. My younger cousins have the home versions and it is a great way to burn off Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

11:38 AM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Mommygoth said...

Right ON! Skeeball!

1:26 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Pink, we have been saddened to discover that AB is actually frightened of whack-a-mole and all its whacking derivatives (whack-a-gator, whack-a-shark, etc.).

9:31 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger susan said...

I've clearly not been spending enough time in arcades lately since I can't picture either a linked driving game or whack-a-whatever. But I love, love, love skeeball! The only arcade game I was ever any good at.

And one of the few games I played as a kid that I still like playing as an adult.

9:38 PM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Melissa said...

I love me some skeeball. I also love the water gun games where yo pop the balloon. Yeah.

3:57 PM, August 16, 2006  
Blogger BETTY said...

I love skeeball and I rock at it too!! I used to work at a place that had thier christmas party at a sort of arcade/bar/banquet place and we would all play I kicked all the guys asses!!!

3:09 PM, August 18, 2006  
Blogger Possum said...

Does anybody remember the scoring system for the skeeball game at Myrtle Beach? I'm working on a novel with a small skeeball angle. Also, did they tear down that old roller coaster in Myrtle Beach? What about that crazy Rainbow thing that was like a flying platform?

10:48 AM, September 04, 2006  

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