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April 2, 2004


Yesterday the .NET CLR Test Team (that includes me), took the afternoon off for a morale event at Illusionz, an arcade about twenty minutes outside of Redmond. I played some lame racing and shooting games, avoided DDR like the plague, and had a good time.

I found it interesting how the arcade industry is adapting to the popularity of home console systems: they're making games that you can't get for your console. For example, I played a boxing game, where you put on these special gloves and the game would track your movement, so you could duck or dodge your virtual opponent. Very cool. They also had a slew of musical games, equipped with keyboards, drums and electric guitars. Of course, all the games are Japanese, and yes, I've already seen a lot of them four years ago, but I was still impressed.

For the nostalgic folk, there was a wall lined with early-80s games, like Ms Pac Man, Tron, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Joust, and my personal favorite, Arkanoid. Good to know the classics can still bring the kids in.

07:09 | Nerd


Hey is the finger you hurt playing the dancing game feeling better?

Posted by: Teresa at April 2, 2004 8:21 AM

"dancing game"

Posted by: pete at April 2, 2004 11:48 AM


Posted by: pete at April 2, 2004 11:49 AM

I kinda miss raiden dink dink dink dink dink boom dinkdink dadink boom dink boom buddledink dink dink dink buddledink boom.

Posted by: ian at April 2, 2004 5:37 PM

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