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pocket full of quarters by BobbyRubio pocket full of quarters by BobbyRubio
OMG!!! It's gonna be an 80's weekend with the release of the A-team and the Karate Kid and to keep with the theme here comes another flashback to 80's when I was a kid. I'm at our local arcade that just opened, the Red Planet arcade. It was situated inbetween the grocery store and hardware store. You can go to the mall, but it was miles away and you had to ask your mom to drive you there. So more often we would hang out at the Red Planet, it was just a bike ride away from home.

This is a drawing of my buddy, Robbie and I. Robbie had the idea to take a washer and tie a string on it and stick it in the token slots to get credits on the machines. I told him it would never work and he was full of it. From what I remember, he said that he got a couple of credits. I never saw this, so don't go out attempting this. It's funny to remember those times, of just hanging out watching other people play video games, while you're waiting for your turn to play. Waiting to get the chance to get the high score... Although... I DID get the high score on Dig Dug and Crazy Climber a few times. Wassup!!! That's right "BOB" got the high score suckas!!! Man, I could have been on "Starcade". [link] I would have totally schooled those guys.

Oh, and here is the greatest video game of all times! I was crazy addicted to this game: [link] What's yours?
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Atariboy2600 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I too done that alot.
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JonathanBluestone Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Artist
The Eighties was the era which I identify with the most and this image really brings it back to life. My video game was Mr. EE / Mr. Wiz on the BBC Microcomputer.
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Nuclear-Shrimp Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! I'm not from the 80's, but boy do I wish I was! I love arcades and arcade games! My mom and dad loved Space Harrier and I grew up playing it on the Sega Master system xD THAT GAME IS SO HARD!!!! But it is cool! :D
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Sounds like your mom and dad are cool!  Thanks Nuclear-Shrimp!
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Baka-Ranger-Green Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
True arcades how I miss these (90s kid but still) I was big on Gauntlet Legends and Metal Slug
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ILikeShirts Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Artist
Lol love this picture! Especially chunk in the background :) GOONIES!!
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turbanxl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
This is awesome !
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Thanks!
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Prototype66 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
awe man! Wassup Crazy Climber!!
I kicked its butt!!!!! Love this piece, it is totally me!
I lived in PinballPetes here in lansing!
Star Castle, Defender, Gorgar, Centar, Space wars,Asteroids, battle Zone, Donkey Kong,Missle Command! Good god I could go on all day!!! Im such a geek!
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
PinballPetes is a great name for a arcade.

We had the Gold Mine, Red Planet and Tilt in San Diego. Oh and there's also Chuck E. Cheese.
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Prototype66 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
Cool Chuck! yea but not too many good games in the one by us here in Lansing.
Petes had 5 locations back then and the mall had Aladdins Castle.
Then when I was like 5 or 6 my dad help these developers open a a place called the Olde World Village Mall. They had a mini theater that "babysat " us sprats with cartoons and an arcade called Fat Daddy's Pinball Arcade!

Ah memories!
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Gwnne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Aw, this is so nostalgic, evenifIwasn'taliveduringthe80s,fff. I love the colors too.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Thanks! it's okay that youweren'taliveduringthe80s... now I feel really old. But that's alright, with age comes experience.
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Gwnne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
You're welcome!
Aha, still, it woulda been a cool era to grow up in, I think. I suppose they all have their merits though.
So true!
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Michael-Chang Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
These are awesome Bobby. You mos definitely have to collect these in a book.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Thanks Mike! Maybe if there was a greater demand for them I would. But for now, it's alot of fun just to draw them...

But you never know... maybe...
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thehush Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors and line work really are great in this. Their expressions really capture the moment. :)

I remember going down to the arcade when I was a kid and being one of the only girls who'd be there for hours playing Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat with the guys. *lol* Ah, those were the days. They need to bring arcades back.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Yeah, it was always nice to see girls at the arcade.

I'm glad you liked the drawing!
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v-starra Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
KARATE KID WAS AWESOOOOOME...but the ironic thing is that he does kung fu.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
I didn't see the movie, but I want to. Instead I saw Iron Man 2 in IMAX. It looked cool.

But yeah, I was dissappointed that they didn't call it Kung fu Kid instead.
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v-starra Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Not that much into Iron Man... But besides the name the movie was awesome.
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Wilco5 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really dig that old school banzai hat. I was never great at any of the coin-op games and suck at my own console games but my all time faves are "Gyruss"(table top FTW!), "T-Mek" and "G-Loc". Lots of wasted quarters and tokens on those coin-ops.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Gyruss is awesome! Sweet!
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cachupa Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student General Artist
the funniest guy is the kid with the Kobra Kai jacket on!
XDD
FEAR DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS DOJO,DOES IT?!
NO SENSEI
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Yeah! Cobra Kai! Those guys were bad ass! They'll sweep your leg!
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cachupa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student General Artist
HAHAHA thats wassup!
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SonofReorx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
man I loved the arcade, it was like a whole other world in there. I was hooked on any game that used those pistols or the mounted machine guns. Raceing games witht he steering wheel or the Tie fighter simulater, which was also at the local Pizza Hut along with a pac-man table arcade, think it had qbert and a few others for folks who were waiting on pizza.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Man, you make me want to order a Pizza now. At our pizza joint we had Galaga and Ms. Pac Man table arcades. Arcades are cool, someone bring them back!
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johnny3000 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i wish theres arcades where still around, i remember when i went to playedeum and circuit circus with my big brother joe at the west Edmonton mall man they had such kick ass video games there but now its all gone... *sob*
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I know, besides the Red Planet arcade, we also had the Gold Mine and Tilt in San Diego. That sucks, all kids have now is Chuck E. Cheese.
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johnny3000 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
well compared to what they where use to be and what they are now they suck beyond belief.
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JaimeDL Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I've always been hooked on Street Fighter 2. Before that it was Pacman. I miss those days.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Yeah Street Fighter!
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sphynx-c Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Great 'arcadey' atmosphere, although this place here is more pleasant looking than every arcade I've ever seen (but of course I went to very few arcades in my day)

Love that nostalgic theme and your animated expressions
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thanks, I was trying to get that indoor "arcadey" feel. The Red Planet wasn't flashy in decor by any means, I remember it just being an area between the grocery store and Hardware store that just happened to have some arcade games in it. It was nothing like Chuck E. Cheese or anything like that. Just a room... with arcade games with it.

But really, isn't that all you really need.
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sphynx-c Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
easily, thanks for sharing :)
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Awesome "memory" drawing Bobby. The more you put up the more I see we had identical childhoods! Tony and I were video game addicts (the stand up kind) growing up too. We started with Pong, then Astroids, but the hardcore addiction (I remember that summer like it was yesterday) was DEFENDER! It had the game play, the cool graphics, and the bomb that you'd use "as the last resort" when surrounded. Could have bought a car with all the quarters we spent!
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Yeah Tom! Man, we grew up at a really cool time to be a kid. I played Defender too, both Arcade and on Atari! Defender was awesome!
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nullunit Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Discs of TRON is my favorite arcade game of all time, after that maybe Millipede, Ms. Pacman, Smash TV and Altered Beast.

I don't count fighting games even though by comparison taht prolly what I spent the most timeplaying. I rarely if ever get nostalgic for some dude to air juggle me into oblivion on Super Street Fighter Turbo Championship Edition. But sometimes I really wish I had a Discs of Tron Cabinet. They used to have one at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk but I havent been there in like 17 years.
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Tron is RAD! That would be cool to have. Can't wait to see the movie.
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NickAlmand Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
VERY cool! =D I love the lighting in there, it's perfect for old-school arcades. I love Robbie's hat! I want one of my own now. =)

For me, I was too young to go to the arcades very often while the 80's were still going, but when I did, I always had fun losing (horribly) at Popeye and watching the older kids lose (hilariously) at Dragon's Lair.

...and is that Johnny from the Cobra Kai back there? ;)
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Man, I want Robbie's hat too... They gotta bring that back.

Dragon's Lair, was another game I played. I have the DVD now, so now I can save all my quarters. I wish Bluth had made Dragon's Lair or Space Ace an animated movie, it could have been cool.

Yeah, congrats on spotting Johnny!
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TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I miss the days when arcades mattered. Cool drawing, man. I named my latest album "Pocket Full of Quarters"!
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I know!!! That's cool that you named your album "Pocket full of Quarters", NICE! Is there anywhere where I can hear a sample?
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TVsKyle Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, right here! [link] :)
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Sweet!
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djlegaspi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
:D
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Thanks!
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CatalystOfTheSoul Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember being insanely addicted to that stupid Oregon Trail game... ^^ "And *insertname* has died!" "Oh, sorry, this person has the measles!"

I could never get anyone across that trail alive. o____o

~Catalyst
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BobbyRubio Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Oregon Trail? I never played that. Sounds cool though.
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