What do you want to see on the Game of the Decade poll?

Shaggy November 22, 2009 16

If you have been reading AH for more than a year then you know that at the end of each year we like to run a poll, asking you what you think deserves to be called the Arcade Game of the Year. We will be doing that for 2009 in just a couple of weeks but reader Andrew reminded me of another poll we should be doing at the same time – a Game of the Decade poll. Since 2010 is just around the corner, it’s only logical to ask which title you think is deserving of the pick from 2000-2009. Since there are many choices to put on that list, I want to present a reasonable list of about 30 games to pick from, or shorter if necessary but instead of me picking them, I want your input. So we’ll just get this out of the way right now – which games do you think should be on the list? Comment below!

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  1. smhillis November 22, 2009 at 3:21 am - Reply

    3 that come to mind are:
    Street Fighter 2
    Mortal Kombat

    • smhillis November 22, 2009 at 3:23 am - Reply

      Ooops nevermind for some reason I was thinking “Game of all time”.

      • Shaggy November 22, 2009 at 4:15 am - Reply

        That’s OK. You can still fill us in on the best game of all time between ’00-’09 🙂

  2. igo November 22, 2009 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Yes, on the poll! I was the one who suggested it. Here is a few that should make the cut.

    Marvel vs. Capcom 2
    Soulcalibur II
    After Burner Climax
    OutRun 2
    Time Crisis 3
    Time Crisis 4
    Big Buck Hunter
    Big Buck Safari
    Let’s Go Jungle
    The House of the Dead 4
    DDR SuperNova

    It’s going to be hard to pick one.

    • ECM November 22, 2009 at 8:51 am - Reply

      When I look at that list I realize why it is that I don’t spend a lot of time in arcades anymore and it saddens me a little.

  3. arcads4ever November 22, 2009 at 10:46 am - Reply

    thats a tough one. game of the year however would have to be namco’s razing storm (would be brick people but not had chance to play it) and game of the decade I think sega’s primeval hunt due to its new twist on the gun game genre.

    how about game of the year and decade in each cataglory e.g. best driver, best gun game, best music etc.. that would be much better

  4. igo November 22, 2009 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of doing it by category.

    For the catergories How about this:

    • arcads4ever November 22, 2009 at 3:52 pm - Reply

      don’t forget

      shoot em ups
      fight scroller e.g. TMNT the simpsons etc..
      racers that can include bike, simulators, trucks, atv quad bike etc..
      multiplayer/party join in

  5. Outrun 2SP November 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    My name is not only the game of the decade, it’s the game of the century in my opinion. I will also be Happy if Outrun 2 wins it, but Outrun 2SP took it to another level.

  6. Shaggy November 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    So anything else? I was hoping to get more suggestions by now and we’re going to do this next week.

  7. igo November 28, 2009 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I could rattle off a few more:

    street fighter 4
    MoCap Boxing
    Police 911
    Ghost Squad
    Tekken 5 /6
    Pump it up nx / nx2/ nxa
    In the groove 1 / 2

    Even tho the dance games started in the late 90s I think this decade will be remembered most for the dance games.

    • Shaggy November 29, 2009 at 2:47 am - Reply

      Good suggestions igo. SFIV is a given and from what I’ve heard about Tekken 6, that should be as well.

  8. Bill November 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    An operators perspective: Hands down, the best grossing game for us was the Sega Initial D series, versions 1 through 3. Numbers not seen like that since the days of Daytona, Gauntlet, etc.

    • Shaggy November 29, 2009 at 2:47 am - Reply

      Interesting – I have never seen an Initial D in my area but on occasion I’ve had people ask if we would get one in. Makes me wonder about how well 5 will do.

      • Bill November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm - Reply

        No no, save your money! The Initial D series went down with the introduction of the version 4 cabinet. we had done so well with the previous series that we bought four new cabinets with the version 4. Results were lackluster. The fan base did not like the changes to the mechanics. Version 3 was the last big earner of the series.

  9. Nomax November 29, 2009 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Sure, a lot of things changed from Initial D Version 3 to 4. But Initial D 4 is still an upper class racer nonetheless.

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