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I remember playing chase hq, I recall though fantastic graphics not these sega megadrive standard ones, my memory must be playing tricks. Haha that's a naughty freeze frame you chose there Chop, just noticed that ;) :laugh:

There were three main Chase HQ games mack, the original which came out in 1988 (that's the one in my video), then a sequel called Special Criminal Investigation that came out in 1989 which had slightly better graphics but wasn't a quantum leap forward.

Then in 2007 Taito released Chase HQ 2 which was a proper full 3D game and looked a world apart from the originals.

It's worth remembering what these old arcade games are up against now, when even our phones can render complex 3D games that would have needed a powerful PC or console just a few years ago, and yet back in 1988 the idea of a 'perfect home conversion' of a game as relatively simple as the arcade version of Chase HQ, would have seemed like pure dream material!
 

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First proper online slots session in a while, I got sent a decent bonus offer by 21Casino had a bankroll of £500 to play with.

How not to use a bonus lol... 'Cunt Fruits' as you call it is a notoriously volatile game and the last one I'd have picked but you had fun haha. I was expecting a grinder video not a quick shot one...
 

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The dangers of going in blind to new slots!

The £3 spins on Punk Rocker were a bit stupid but Cunty Fruits irritated me so I just fancied chancing my arm on a death or glory punt at Punk Rocker (it's worked in the past :D ), alas it was not to be on this occasion!

I don't know why casinos are so stingy with bonus offers these days, send me a decent bonus offer and there's a good chance you'll get a deposit out of me, and 35xB WR with bonus only contributing to wagering is hardly some sort of free cash giveaway bonanza.

Unibet are a really good outfit but bloody hell the bonuses are basically non-existent.
 

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The dangers of going in blind to new slots!

The £3 spins on Punk Rocker were a bit stupid but Cunty Fruits irritated me so I just fancied chancing my arm on a death or glory punt at Punk Rocker (it's worked in the past :D ), alas it was not to be on this occasion!

I don't know why casinos are so stingy with bonus offers these days, send me a decent bonus offer and there's a good chance you'll get a deposit out of me, and 35xB WR with bonus only contributing to wagering is hardly some sort of free cash giveaway bonanza.

Unibet are a really good outfit but bloody hell the bonuses are basically non-existent.
Don't play there for 4-5 weeks an they'll send you a 100% match up to around £100.

25xB wagering too.

Best bonuses on the planet in terms of fairness but as you say, rare as rocking horse shite!
 

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An update on the amazing arcade simulator that is coming on in leaps and bounds, and something a bit more personal that I had no other better way of explaining. (It's why I've tapped out of the Brexit thread for the time being.)

 

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An update on the amazing arcade simulator that is coming on in leaps and bounds, and something a bit more personal that I had no other better way of explaining. (It's why I've tapped out of the Brexit thread for the time being.)

Sorry to hear that Chop, totally understandable to not feel like much forum stuff. There's internet/social media interaction, and then the hard things happening in real life that hit you for six. That John the arcade man must be a programming genius to do all that.
 

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Thanks mack I know we have different views on some things but I always appreciate and respect what you have to say, and the fact you keep debate civilised and mindful of others, I'm feeling a bit dinged up at the moment so the Brexit thread is beyond me for now, but I'll be back in there at some point with explanations of why we should all be French, or something :)
 

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I must've been MIA as see you did a new gambling low ebbs vid in june just gone, this could sound odd but I enjoyed the first 3, so will be deffo giving that a watch tonight.

Edit: Update, bloody hell Chop! not many tales/vids can hold my attention like that did for the duration. I won't wax lyrical other than that was an eye opener, very evocative too. Respect to you recalling these difficult times. And it was funny. 😎
 

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Not watched the latest virtual arcade installment yet (will be later today) but from previous videos I have watched, looks already awesome.

Could not help thinking as a past frequent arcade goer of some ideas which could really put the icing on the cake, if this programming genius fancies considering them (if you'd be so kind to pass my ideas on @ChopleyIOM ) Most for visual satisfaction and not particularly interactive.

* Other players coming and going and playing machines
* Doors to the 'outside world along one of the exterior walls with people going past, some coming into the arcade.
*Staff offering drinks and change, even challenging the odd punter to leave as they're under 18 (awesome RG stance in today's climate)
* Centralised change desk (like we see in seaside type arcades)
* Some form of decoration on the walls, promotional posters for example

Wil add more as I think of them.
 

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Hey there Jono the guy has loads of plans for what he wants to do in the future, off the top of my head and to address your suggestions.

* Other players coming and going and playing machines

He's already working on online integration, so that you can visit other people's arcades and play their machines, currently everyone gets the same arcade, but the idea is (probably still a way off though!) that you can download other arcades with their own selection of machines, not knowing what state they're in, and all that sort of thing. I can't say this will extend to having actual human character models walking around and stuff (there's been no mention of that), but he definitely wants to take it in the direction of online sharing of arcades and machines.

* Doors to the 'outside world along one of the exterior walls with people going past, some coming into the arcade.

*Staff offering drinks and change, even challenging the odd punter to leave as they're under 18 (awesome RG stance in today's climate)


I'll deal with these together, yes there are plans to make the arcade more visually involving and complete, but of course every new addition to the arcade has to be designed by hand, 3D modelled, rendered, tested etc and then added in, and currently this guy is doing it all by himself in his spare time as a hobby!

* Centralised change desk (like we see in seaside type arcades)

See above, this has been talked about already, but it's a question of getting it modelled and built, which takes time :)

* Some form of decoration on the walls, promotional posters for example

If you take a look at my latest video you'll see he's currently working on getting the correct cabinet decals on the cabinets, which is a slightly different thing but in the same ballpark. Overall this whole project is very early days, the guy has loads of plans with what he can do to make it better and more like a real arcade :)
 

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I must've been MIA as see you did a new gambling low ebbs vid in june just gone, this could sound odd but I enjoyed the first 3, so will be deffo giving that a watch tonight.

Edit: Update, bloody hell Chop! not many tales/vids can hold my attention like that did for the duration. I won't wax lyrical other than that was an eye opener, very evocative too. Respect to you recalling these difficult times. And it was funny. 😎

Yes that was intended to be the 'humorous' one in terms of its main event as it were (which I still remember vividly to this day), but that was the period of time in which my gambling addiction morphed from being something that was 'bad but manageable' into something that nearly left me dead, on several occasions.

Two more to go, but it's a question of finding myself in the space where I can get them recorded, and these last two in particular aren't pretty - they're already mapped out completely in my head (which is my version of writing a script), it's just finding the time when I feel able to stand in front of the mic and get them recorded.
 

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Hey there Jono the guy has loads of plans for what he wants to do in the future, off the top of my head and to address your suggestions.

* Other players coming and going and playing machines

He's already working on online integration, so that you can visit other people's arcades and play their machines, currently everyone gets the same arcade, but the idea is (probably still a way off though!) that you can download other arcades with their own selection of machines, not knowing what state they're in, and all that sort of thing. I can't say this will extend to having actual human character models walking around and stuff (there's been no mention of that), but he definitely wants to take it in the direction of online sharing of arcades and machines.

* Doors to the 'outside world along one of the exterior walls with people going past, some coming into the arcade.

*Staff offering drinks and change, even challenging the odd punter to leave as they're under 18 (awesome RG stance in today's climate)


I'll deal with these together, yes there are plans to make the arcade more visually involving and complete, but of course every new addition to the arcade has to be designed by hand, 3D modelled, rendered, tested etc and then added in, and currently this guy is doing it all by himself in his spare time as a hobby!

* Centralised change desk (like we see in seaside type arcades)

See above, this has been talked about already, but it's a question of getting it modelled and built, which takes time :)

* Some form of decoration on the walls, promotional posters for example

If you take a look at my latest video you'll see he's currently working on getting the correct cabinet decals on the cabinets, which is a slightly different thing but in the same ballpark. Overall this whole project is very early days, the guy has loads of plans with what he can do to make it better and more like a real arcade :)
Good stuff! To make it more realistic can we have:

1. Shoulder-surfers watching your play, sharking to see how much you lose.
2. Random entrances of smack-heads trying to sell you shoplifted jars of coffee, razor blades, deodorants and clothes.
3. Some screaming Bar-x's with a line of grannies and wheeled shopping trollies for you to trip over.
4. After the sound of a large bank collected an attendant approaching and saying "I hope you're not expecting notes for that lot, I've run out.."
5. A wino clutching a can of special brew, doing a swift recce of the coin trays on all the unplayed machines at hourly intervals.
6. Some laminated A4 sheets placed on random machines stating "Machine Taken" while the addict is up the ATM or trying to pawn their necklace at Cash Converters.
7. AT 30-minute intervals another skint player approaching you saying " Lemme a fiver, this one's gonna drop right now and I'll give you a tenner back when it has.."
:D :)
 

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LMAO!

Trust you, this is the sort of stuff I REALLY wanted to post / ask for, however I behaved :oops:

On top of this If the emu is pre 2007, we need the busy period scenario where most of the machines are taken and every player is chain smoking, to the point they almost cannot see each other and the staff cannot keep on top of the overflowing ash trays!
 

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Yes that was intended to be the 'humorous' one in terms of its main event as it were (which I still remember vividly to this day), but that was the period of time in which my gambling addiction morphed from being something that was 'bad but manageable' into something that nearly left me dead, on several occasions.

Two more to go, but it's a question of finding myself in the space where I can get them recorded, and these last two in particular aren't pretty - they're already mapped out completely in my head (which is my version of writing a script), it's just finding the time when I feel able to stand in front of the mic and get them recorded.

I don't mind waiting if the quality is as good as it has been for the 4, I suspect you do have to be in the right frame of mind to do justice to the retelling, and you'll only know on the day or hour. You probably could've been a good History teacher Chop, that was my favourite school subject, and I should've done it at 'A' level, [1990-91] I seem to remember looking at it, but then put off by it being more the social history aspect, which at the time I found a bit dry and hard to get into.

As a listener who never really played much on fruits, you start to grasp the enormity of how dangerous these things were [for the uninitiated at least], and I remember from those times, dotted around everywhere.

The university was quite switched on not to allow the machines on campus, it beggars belief though other ones not forseeing the problems, youngsters away from home for the first time etc...we'll just plonk these addictive , money burning machines nearby :confused::eek2:
 

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Good stuff! To make it more realistic can we have:

1. Shoulder-surfers watching your play, sharking to see how much you lose.
2. Random entrances of smack-heads trying to sell you shoplifted jars of coffee, razor blades, deodorants and clothes.
3. Some screaming Bar-x's with a line of grannies and wheeled shopping trollies for you to trip over.
4. After the sound of a large bank collected an attendant approaching and saying "I hope you're not expecting notes for that lot, I've run out.."
5. A wino clutching a can of special brew, doing a swift recce of the coin trays on all the unplayed machines at hourly intervals.
6. Some laminated A4 sheets placed on random machines stating "Machine Taken" while the addict is up the ATM or trying to pawn their necklace at Cash Converters.
7. AT 30-minute intervals another skint player approaching you saying " Lemme a fiver, this one's gonna drop right now and I'll give you a tenner back when it has.."
:D :)

It's funny because it's true!

I've seen every single one of those in my time, and as mack notes above, these things were just punted out there as 'amusement with prizes' so completely avoided any sort of proper scrutiny or regulation, when in reality they were hardcore proper gambling devices that could be found not just in arcades, but pubs and train stations and cafes and swimming pool recreation areas and literally fucking everywhere.

Compensated machines were IMO never, ever done correctly, and should never have been allowed to exist, random games are the only way to do gambling fairly.
 

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I don't mind waiting if the quality is as good as it has been for the 4, I suspect you do have to be in the right frame of mind to do justice to the retelling, and you'll only know on the day or hour. You probably could've been a good History teacher Chop, that was my favourite school subject, and I should've done it at 'A' level, [1990-91] I seem to remember looking at it, but then put off by it being more the social history aspect, which at the time I found a bit dry and hard to get into.

As a listener who never really played much on fruits, you start to grasp the enormity of how dangerous these things were [for the uninitiated at least], and I remember from those times, dotted around everywhere.

The university was quite switched on not to allow the machines on campus, it beggars belief though other ones not forseeing the problems, youngsters away from home for the first time etc...we'll just plonk these addictive , money burning machines nearby :confused::eek2:

Cheers mack - yes I can see an alternate timeline where I ended up as a history teacher and that would have been great, but I can't complain with how things landed in the end. I think I got lucky in that I had really good history teachers for both my GCSEs and A levels and they really fired up my enthusiasm for the subject, as the old saying goes - 'Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it'.

As for fruities on university campuses, which some did allow and others didn't, I guess you could argue maybe they didn't know what they were inviting in, 'amusement with prizes' and all that, but once the cashboxes started rolling in it would have surely become clear what they were peddling to their students, and young people at that, I was still a child in many regards at the age of 18.

I consider myself lucky to have survived it (and with an incredible amount of gratitude to the family and friends who never gave up on me), and in the context of the personal stuff me and Mrs Chopley have got going on at the moment, doubly grateful that we're all still here for each other.

Today is a gift, tomorrow is not promised.
 

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Cheers mack - yes I can see an alternate timeline where I ended up as a history teacher and that would have been great, but I can't complain with how things landed in the end. I think I got lucky in that I had really good history teachers for both my GCSEs and A levels and they really fired up my enthusiasm for the subject, as the old saying goes - 'Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it'.

As for fruities on university campuses, which some did allow and others didn't, I guess you could argue maybe they didn't know what they were inviting in, 'amusement with prizes' and all that, but once the cashboxes started rolling in it would have surely become clear what they were peddling to their students, and young people at that, I was still a child in many regards at the age of 18.

I consider myself lucky to have survived it (and with an incredible amount of gratitude to the family and friends who never gave up on me), and in the context of the personal stuff me and Mrs Chopley have got going on at the moment, doubly grateful that we're all still here for each other.

Today is a gift, tomorrow is not promised.
Yes good teachers make a heck of a difference, no I was going to say that abt being happy with how things worked out but couldn't word it in. I did have a bit of fun on fruits in the 90s, but was literally £2 lost then stop, just a chance your arm thing. I had a lot more control back then than now online, when the money is represented electronically rather than notes in your hand.

I don't think I'll ever not wonder 'hmm' if I encounter anyone walking like john wayne now :laugh:
 
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