Saturday, December 24, 2011


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

This game is just as addictive, as it was, when it first came out.

I added "Space Invaders" to the index... so, any time you're bored... it's there. LOL

Just "click" the game title in the index, anytime... and it's "Game On"! hahaha

I also added "Tic-Tac-Toe" at the very bottom of the blog... for those like me, who can't get past the second frame, on Space Invaders!
: )

bobby said...

Thank you Lynyrd, This game brings back some great memories for me !

Merry Christmas all !


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...


Yeah Brother...
Great family fun! LOL

If anyone has any other "arcade classic" requests/favorites... post them here.

I'll get other games on the blog, as requested.

I'll do one a month... and they'll be in the index... for those "flasback" moments! LOL

katie8753 said...

Thanks Lynyrd. I'm remembering now how much I suck at this game. Can't get past the first level.

Can you find Pac Mac? I like that game too.

TomG said...

I can't past the first screen either, Katie. The first video game I ever played was something called Pong back in the 70's.

I'd be high on marijuana and batting a little dot back and forth on a black and white screen while my high school friends giggled. We marveled at the genius of technology.

In the 80's, I graduated to Ms. Pac Man. A few hundred quarters later, I was pretty good at it.

Today the games are like virtual worlds.

What the hell do I know? Merry Christmas and Peace.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hi Tom.

I'll add "Pong" to the blog, next.

"Pong" was literally the very first mass-marketed video game... the mother of them all! LOL

They featured "Pong" on "That Seventies Show" once. LOL
"Kelso" and "Red" repaired a broken version of the game... supposedly making the paddles bigger (LOL)... and then played a few games.

At home... (on the "Atari" LOL), I was very good at Asteroids, Missile Command, Cenitpede, Galaxian, and Galaga.
I mastered a rare home game called "Kaboom" by Activision.
I could play "Kaboom" until it "turned-over", and went back to zero! LOLOL

At the Arcade, I completely sucked.
The only games, I could play just enough to save myself complete embarrassment, were Centipede and Defender... and even at that... I wasn't that great.
The arcade was essentially the place, where my friends and I would stand around drunk... hoping to pick-up some hot chicks.
That... and the roller-skating rink!

After the Atari days... the games just got way beyond my skill level... i.e.,... "I went and got old", I guess. : )

There was a home game called "Castlevania" which I had tons of fun with... but, (over hundreds of hours of practice)... I was still not very good at it.
They were even selling "manuals" one could read, to learn all the game's "hidden tricks", at that time.
WAY over my "gaming" head...

Then there was the "one-on-one" fighting craze for a few years.
Remember that?
Mike Tyson's "Knock-out"... "Mortal Kombat", and such.
It was all "one-on-one" fighting... and again... I rarely got anywhere.
I could beat-up "Glass Joe" and the Arab guy... LOLOL
'Course, "Glass Joe" was the equivalent of wrestling's "Steve King".
BTW... did Steve King EVER win a single match?? Ahahahaha

I always eternally sucked at Pac-Man.
I was just horrible...

My all-time most hated games were "Joust"... and that f#cking car... "Pole Position".

And there (as I always say), you have it. LOLOL

katie8753 said...

Mortal Kombat was cool....LOL.

katie8753 said...

That Tic-Tac-Toe game is right under that picture of Sandy with her arms up. I keep thinking she's gonna jump on me. HA HA.

I think the best way to win at Tic-Tac-Toe is to start in the middle square.

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...


Thanks "Son of man" for your compliment, down on the LaVey thread.

Also... thanks for adding yourself as a "follower".

Merry Christmas... and welcome to the blog!
I'm looking forward to your contributions!

Wait a minute... I just realized:
Man-son... Son-of-man??? LOL

Just kidding brother! LOL


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Yeah Katie...

The middle square is always good... or three corners.
Or both!

Three in a row, always works-out pretty good too.

TomG said...

I grew up at the shore. Boardwalk arcades, lots of change. Your status was how good you could play a game. Sun. Fun. Pizza. We didn't kill nobody. We had no beef with how grown ups ran their world.

Well, maybe we did. But I guess we were lightweights. Somebody else could reign in the jerk off adults.

katie8753 said...

OK my high score so far is 960. LOL.

Panamint Patty said...

The Pattys tried to play this at the Starcade in Tomorrowland last night. Alas, it's gone, along with Ms Pac Man, Frogger, and everything else that was cool about the 80's. Captain Eo is still there though.

Oh! Where are Patty's manners? Merry Christmas from The Happiest Place on Earth!

katie8753 said...

Hi Patty. Have fun at Disneyland. It really is "the happiest place on earth"!!! :)

katie8753 said...

Okay I just beat myself at Tic-Tac-Toe.

It's fun to WIN!!! LOL.

Mary said...

I cannot even get a score in the triple digits. Video games never were my thing - hand-eye coordination.

Hope everyone had a great holiday...back to the grind tomorrow

katie8753 said...

Hi Mary!

I finally figured it out. You have to hide under those "ramps" until they stop firing, them fire a salvo at them continuously.

You also have to time your shots at that "red thing". HA HA.

adam said...

Remember the days when it took 25 minutes for a computer game to load up? Then you had 3 lifes and when you died it was back to square one - 25 minutes to load up a new game. How on earth did we ever tolarate it?

Games from my youth include Double Dragon, Shinobie, Dizzy (he was an egg on legs!), Outrun (but I always sucked at driving games!) and of course a few years later the likes of Super Mario Bros and Sonic The Hedgehog.

Lynyrd, I remember Castlevania quite well! Does anyone rememebr a gory beat 'em up game called Splatterhouse? You played a guy in a castle wearing a Jason Vorhees mask. I think they tried to ban it here in the UK!!

Happy days.

katie8753 said...

Adam, I remember that game where you had to battle Jason. I had forgotten all about that game!!

It was a lot of fun and kinda scary. That Jason would pop up outta nowhere. LOL.

LOVED Mario Bros!!

adam said...

Katie they actually made a Friday the 13th game on the original NES. I never knew about it till many years later, I would have loved to play that as a kid!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

I just scored a 5,020!

My best score yet!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Hey Adam!
Great to see you Brother!

I always sucked at the driving games myself.
"Pole Position" was the most popular driving game ever... and one of my two most hated games of all-time... tied only with "Joust".
Joust was that stupid game with the ostrich's jousting.
The entire concept was stupid.

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with Splatterhouse.

Super Mario Brothers was classic.
Another game I completely sucked at. LOLOL

I had no idea you were from UK.
A LOT of fabulous music and musicians, have come from UK.
Interestingly enough, UK musicians almost universally, cite black American blues artists as their greatest influences.
There's an old saying here in the US, which is difficult to argue:
"The blues had a baby, and it's name was rock-n-roll".
Quite accurate indeed.

Peace My Friend...

BTW... I LOVE Winston Churchill's quotes!
Cool Dude!

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...



A few helpful hints:

1) Stay in front of the pack of aliens... and pick them off, row-by-row systematically... as they approach YOU.
Because... they always kinda shoot behind themselves as they proceed.
It's still dangerous and difficult... but it's better than being surrounded, or chasing them.
If you attack from the middle of their pack (God forbid), or from behind their pack (maybe worse)... you're screwed.
That's a sure recipe for constant death.
Staying on the "fore" side of their army, is the safest.
Of course... when they reach the end (and head back the other way)... you have to dodge and fight your way across them... to get to the front again.
(But, it's still better than being in the middle of their pack... where you'll be dodging and fighting them constantly)
Bottom line... if their group is moving to the right... stay to the foremost right (and kill them from there).
If their group is moving left... stay to the foremost left, and work from there.
Switch sides a bit before you're completely trapped.

2) The only way to really rack-up the points, is to concentrate on the red spaceships... especially in the early frames, which aren't too hard.
If you time it... you can shoot the same red spaceship 3 times, before it completely crosses the screen.
And remember... the red spaceship always re-appears right where it was killed.
Sometimes you can shoot again almost immediately (just before it re-appears again)... killing the sapceship (again), as soon as it re-appears... almost in the same spot.
I do that all the time.

3)Many times, it's best to (intentionally) leave a few aliens alive... and wait for more spaceships... especially in the first round, where it's pretty easy.

4) Same as #3.
Try to kill all the aliens except ONE... and then let him survive... as you use the extra free time to kill more red spaceships.
Of course... you can't let him live forever... or he'll land on you... and it's game over. LOL
But... you CAN get the spaceship to cross two more times this way.
It's complete freebies.
With two crossings... and nothing else in your way... you can kill an extra 3-5 red spaceships this way... if you're skilled.

5) I rely on the green obstacles to hide behind, very often.
But... I suspect to really master this game, one would have to wein themselves off that tendency, as the green obstacles seem to completely disappear quite quickly into the game, anyway.
By the second frame... they're gone.

Anyone else have suggestions??

katie8753 said...

Boy Lynyrd, we could have used you in Iraq. You would have smoked Bin Laden out years ago. HA HA.

katie8753 said...

What I do is just whip the little guy back and forth really fast and shoot at everything until I'm dead.


LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

Katie said:
"What I do is just whip the little guy back and forth really fast and shoot at everything until I'm dead.LOL"

As Dr. Phil always asks:
"And how's that workin' for ya"?


I'm really not that great at the game.
I'm always eliminated shortly into the third round.
I have no "longevity". LOL
But, my (red spaceship) system allows a person to rack-up a considerable amount of points, just in the first two frames. LOL

One would have to practice for major amounts of time, to go through 10-12 frames... which is where you get into the big leagues.
I'm not even close to that...

My system is for those like me, who suck, but want to post a score that's not embarrassing.

I call it:
"Lynyrd's seceret guide to scoring 6,000 points, in just two rounds". LOL


"Wow your friends with 6,000 points, even though you suck"

LynyrdSkynyrdBand said...

The problem with my system, is that there's a definite ceiling.

I've completely maxed-out, the number of points I can possibly garner, just from the first two frames.
I might squeeze 7,000 points tops... but, that's it.

In order to score over 7,000... one would HAVE to be skilled enough, to last through round three, and beyond.
Good luck with that! LOL

starship said...

OMG, I am so bad at this. Bring back Pong.