Chuck E Cheese. Remember that place? I do. I don’t remember it for the pizza, which I’m a bit hazy on but I think could mostly be described as “bad”. I don’t remember it for the giant mechanical animals that played canned songs about how awesome Chuck E Cheese was. I dug those guys, but they were a distraction from the REAL reason to go to Chuck E Cheese. That reason was Metal Hawk. The premise was simple: you are a helicopter with guns and bombs and there is some sort of evil military force trying to kill you. So blow them up. I poured quarters (or tokens I think, what’s up with Chuck E Cheese proprietary currency, whatever) into that thing every time I was there. I never finished it, but that didn’t stop me. It was one of the first games I remember that truly left an impression on me. As a seven-year old, that impression was pretty basic; I liked the fact I had a flight stick and there was lots of things that blew up. As I’m now an adult, is that enough anymore? I’m a huge gamer….what’s the draw? Why do we play?
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