331: Daytona USA

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331: Daytona USA

Post by JaySevenZero » December 31st, 2017, 3:39 pm

Here's where you can leave your thoughts regarding Daytona USA for possible inclusion in the podcast when it's recorded.

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Re: 331: Daytona USA

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » February 4th, 2018, 11:28 pm

One of the reasons games centres and arcades still exist in Japan today is because they create experiences that are either impossible, or just plain to expensive to replicate at home. Sure, you can emulate the ones and zeros very accurately in the software, and you can even challenge other players, either sitting next to you with a controller, or online. But the atmosphere of the arcade, the noise, the smells and the general sense of self-consciousness that comes from climbing into very attention-seeking machines is missing.

Let's quickly get this out of the way: if you like Daytona USA, and haven't downloaded it yet, get on XBLA or PSN or whatever, because it's fantastic emulation, and it's ridiculously affordable. And if you haven't played it, download it anyway for the same reasons. And if you hate Daytona, download it and hate it at home!

But, when the opportunity arises, and you come across a large congregation of Daytona machines in the wild, hop in. If you're with your friends, you will have a blast. And if you are own you're own, you will be too busy enjoying the game to care what strangers think of you.

The fact of the matter is, as of 2018, I can still find Daytona USA machines pretty easily in Australia, a country where arcades died a long time ago. I can't imagine that these are affordable machines to maintain either, but clearly there must be enough people pumping money in to justify hanging onto them. It's an inclusive experience, as you will see parents and kids both jumping in an crashing around the track. Or later at night with the boys after a few drinks, climbing in and demonstrating why you shouldn't drink and drive in real life.

Games like Daytona USA still make arcades and game centres unique and fun places to be. Sure, playing it in the comfort of your own home is great, and you can really dissect and study strategies, but it's best enjoyed when your out and about, so get out of the house and track your nearest cabinet!
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Re: 331: Daytona USA

Post by Flabyo » February 5th, 2018, 8:47 am

If you don’t get more than one person giving the three word review of DAAAAY-TONE-AAHHHH I’ll be mighty surprised,

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