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Introduction

Howdy, I'm guberif. I'm a fan of RPGS, particularly the Final Fantasy series(I know, I know, fanboy), some shooters, a huge fan of side-scrollers, retro games, and arcade style games. This is a seed post, so at least something will be here. Lately, I've been playing a lot of MAME and FFXI, and a little of DOOM III. I intend to pick up the new Tribes game in the near future.

I started this community mainly because I wanted to find somewhere local to pick up a PS2 to USB controller adapter. Sadly, there was no seattle video gaming community around to guide me. I've had absolutely horrible results with USB game pads, they're fragile or flakey, and I dig the PS2 controller design, it's a very robust and precise device. Many USB gamepads mimic this controller, but none approach its reliability.

Also, from what I can see, there's almost jack for seattle arcades. Gameworks can bite me, I haven't had a good time on their systems yet. And there's shorty's. Good for some pinball or a retro fix but doesn't really fit the bill as far as arcades go. Anyone know of any others? Capitol Hill used to have a nice arcade called Hi Score, but it's long gone. Lots of nice, older games.
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I don't live in the Seattle area, but I think I can safely say that the arcade hangout is being driven to extinction in the Northwest, if not elsewhere.

The arcade at the Columbia Center Simon Mall closed its doors forever-- the employees were working far too long of hours with far too little pay. From my WA state travels and residences, it's beginning to seem that arcade machines are languishing in bowling alleys, burger joints, and the occasional laundromat-- at least here on the east side of the state. I'll have to take a road trip sometime to see what's happened to a few of my old hangouts in E-burg, Wallyworld, and Moscow, ID.

Good choice with MAME. (I'm a fan of old-school arcade.) I've been going with MAME32 for simplicity (not comfy with command line editing) and I've been snapping up PC CD-ROMs of arcade games that companies like Atari, Namco, and Midway have released if only to make some of it legit. My poor PC can't handle much of anything high-end, although I've been tempted to get Quake 3 and try out the Eight Legged Freaks mods once I have a VGA card that doesn't die on me.

I'm completely out of touch with Seattle arcades, even more so when Wizards of the Coast closed their 'flagship' store in the U-district-- does that even count as an arcade?
Can't remember where I got it (Northgate mall maybe?) but I ran into a nice USB PSX/2-lookalike controller a while ago. Logitech Dual Action GamePad, model G-UD8. It was about $25, I think...

Big FF fan here, 7 thru 9 is where I started. Trying to check out WinXP MAME emulators recently - just something simple that I can set up, add ROMs in the right directory, play right then and there. No command line tinkering if possible.

Have you seen Pink Godzilla, downtown? Nice little retro-gaming store on 6th and (I forget) either King or Heller St - on the edge of Chinatown, in the back of a bar called Maekawa. Next door is a hobby store specializing in Gundam models and anime-fan trinkets and clothing and such, they're an awesome pair. :)
Found it, it's at 6th and King. Also, not Heller St as I thought - Weller. ^^;
As far as arcades, some searching found this:
http://northwestarcade.com/seattle.html
And
http://www.seattlewaterfrontarcade.com/

I don't do arcades much since I saw Gameworks wither up and the WoTC closure.

Got my 360, pc, and hordes of games there. If I really want arcade fixes, I can emulate.