I was a kid in the 1970's and 80's, the golden age of coin-operated video games. I spent most weekends in arcades, dropping quarters feverishly into Missile Command, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, and Joust. I did it for decades, into the 1990's until the arcades disappeared. There are still some around, but I was thinking about the great ones that were around Connecticut back in the day.

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I was just on vacation, and stopped into Funspot in Laconia, New Hampshire. It's the largest classic arcade in the world. If you're reading this, go there. It's everything you remember of our youth. The first coin-operated video game that I can remember playing was Shark Hunt. I remember my dad bringing us to see Jaws, and then we went to Quassy in Middlebury. Quassy had a beautiful arcade back in the day, and I'll never forget the thrill of squeezing the trigger of that spear gun and watching the shark wriggle after being hit.

So many of these games brought back wonderful memories.

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