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Iconic arcade sounds

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Topic: Iconic arcade sounds
Posted By: deanzor
Subject: Iconic arcade sounds
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 4:58pm
Hello all.

What stands out in your mind as an 'iconic' sound effect you'd hear in the background of an arcade? For me it's "DROP IT!" from the attract mode of Robocop. Just seems to always cut through and give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. 

Anyone else got any?

Posted By: joe34
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 5:08pm
the music from the 'welcome to bonus stage' round in shinobi always stood out real loud in the fun fair arcade i went to as a kid

and come to think of it yes  i would always hear that robocop DROP IT! LOL

Posted By: big10p
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 5:11pm
Not a game I played much BITD (as I was crap at it), but pretty much any acrade I went into, I could hear Mr Do! playing in the background.

Posted By: griffo83x
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 5:13pm
Hang on attract sound 

wanted video wizard/ Ec midi / similar jamma cab :)

Posted By: robotech
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:06pm
Hang on attract sound the pole position
Beeps and the space harrier welcome to the fantacy zone and death noise

Posted By: Shinydaz
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:18pm
Yep the pole position beeps are the top memories for me.

Out of room but always room for one more !

Posted By: Flinnster
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:25pm
Coin-in on Outrun / Space Harrier.


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Posted By: jengineer
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:35pm
Double Dragon when you coin it up plus the start of the game play music, just wasn't the same on the home computer,

ooooooh if I had the space (and the money) I'd have that...

Posted By: DanP
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:35pm
Long Live Gorf!   All hail the supreme etc etc

Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 6:53pm
All the Atari games from 84-87 ish, had the same sounds for inserting a coin and used some of the same generic sounds on their games, love all that. Also the opening rift for ghosts and goblins, the music when you complete a stage on roadblasters, the speech from Star Wars, the thumping bass from wardner, the speech from the original street fighter. Still quote the original street fighter now when taking the piss with my brother.
“You’ve got a lot to learn before you beat me”

Posted By: thesharkfactor
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 7:06pm
Pac Man and Galaga attract modes, Pole position and Konami GT, ROTJ.. I can hear them now..

Posted By: backflipper
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 7:29pm
Nearly all of those mentioned ie, robocop, shinobi, plus.
“Do mai” I think that is how it sounded, from pocket gal.

Also all of the coin up sounds especially the one generated by a pokey.

Posted By: jrm88
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 7:42pm
Not sure if it counts but Jean Michale Jared oxygen part 4. Think it was used as an attract in a lot of crane machines.

Posted By: TWB
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 8:03pm
“Intruder alert”, “coins detected in pocket” berserk.

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Posted By: clarkey
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 8:13pm

This will seem like an odd one. As my formative arcade years were the early to mid 90’s all the arcades on the seafront were crammed with a coin pusher machine that had the chorus from the song ring my bell on repeat.

So for me its things like scud race, lost world, prop cycle and time crisis attracts with ring my bell playing over the top.

Posted By: neil1637
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 8:26pm
Pole Position for me too.

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Grail search - Donkey Kong and Pole Position upright.

Posted By: Body pop
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 8:55pm
Hang on attract ,+1
Space hairier ,welcome to the fantasy zone ,get ready +1
And the bubble bobble sound track and pacland

Posted By: K1ngarth3r
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:04pm
Hang-on attract with some Street Fighter II samples, oh my darling clementine and other claw machine music from memory.

Posted By: iamjimmi
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:07pm
Prepare to qualify +1

Posted By: jimmerd
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:14pm
The chime made by a number of the Atari machines when you inserted a coin.

Posted By: patloz
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:42pm
For me its when you coin up Kung fu master , Haa Da, or however you would write it down and the little ditty when you press the start button and you read the scroll.

I have a Hang on cab next to two PP cabs and the attract mode of the Hang on blows PP out of the water, the knee high single speaker of PP is no match for the ear level twin speaker Sega monster!

But the PP beeps are unmistakable, you only need to hear a split second of it to know exactly what it is.

Posted By: deanzor
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:55pm
Some great stuff in here, thanks

Posted By: ataridude74
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 9:56pm
The start sound from Defender.

And another vote for Pole Position.

Living in the Bronze Age

Posted By: thesharkfactor
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 10:12pm
Track n Field/Hyper Sports muffled speech and other sound effects, Pac-Land! (de do dodo do.. omg that is still stuck in my head now). Hadoken (repeat a million times), 'warrior needs food badly/is about to die' and other Gauntlet effects, Wonder Boy's distinctive game over music.. Spy Hunter music..!  

Posted By: ocb
Date Posted: 08 Nov 2018 at 10:25pm
Thump..thump bass kick of Space Invaders. Pretty much everything back then had what sounded like 2 inch speakers, TVs included. SI cab with that deep bass "rocked"

Yep - the "druiiiing" of Defender sound also.

Gorf, a personal fave.

The level intro of Moon Cresta. 

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Posted By: tb lilley
Date Posted: 09 Nov 2018 at 12:12am
Originally posted by ataridude74 ataridude74 wrote:

The start sound from Defender.

And another vote for Pole Position.

Yeah - both these.

In addition, the jingle that plays when a game of Scramble gets underway.

It's only original once.

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