This thread is for London shmuppers old and new to sort out meeting up and playing shmups.
There's the Heart of Gaming Arcade, Loading Cafe and plenty of our nm places in London to meet and play games and talk nonsense. So join in the conversation (no need to read it all - just skip to the end), and let's keep the London shmup scene thriving!
For some history, this thread started out as a place to sort meeting at Casino Arcade in central London. Until 2013, it was a place to hang out, play shmups and chat on a weekly basis for many of us: me, CHI, DEL, JDE, hzt, Rupert H, Skykid, dan76, MX7, aliquantic, mr_m0nks, ravid, kaede, Taylor, mills, Landlord, John and Craig, Mr Hong Kong, George, smraedis, Lordstar and many, many others that visited from all over the world. Whether you know those guys or not, you're welcome to join us to meet up and chat here, so get involved!
And if you want to host something, pick a night to meet up or anything like that, please go for it. The flame still burns, and we need to keep it that way.
EDIT: Original Casino post below for prosperity
So - it's the thread for all of us who frequent The Casino arcade, or who want to drop by to see what the place is about. It's a good friendly place, and great for shmupping with some fellow nerds. If you're ever in London, visit the place, and try and use this thread to meet up with us.
No need to read all the pages, just jump to the end and let everyone know when you'll be heading to Casino.
Here’s a map too, with an arrow. The arcade is a few seconds walk from Goodge Street Tube station, but note that the station and arcade are actually on Tottenham Court Road, rather than on Goodge Street itself.
Turn right as you come out of the station’s only exit, and it’s a few doors down. Next door to a game shop called CEX/Computer Exchange. Most of the decent arcade games are down in the basement.Shmups In Now
(I’ll keep this updated - the list is constantly changing):Updated November 22nd, 2012
(A sad time many cabs have been removed as of November 18th, 2012. Raiden Fighters Jet, Raiden DX, Esp.Ra.De, Strikers 1945 Plus, R-Type Leo, Mushihimesama and others are now all gone.
And a 39-in-1 with retro shooters/games. Has a four way stick.
Ms Pacman, Galaga, Frogger, Donkey Kong, DK Junior, DK 3, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Crush Roller, Mr Do, Space Invaders, Pacman, Galaga 3, Gyruss, Tank Battalion, 1942, Lady Bug, Burger Time, Mappy, Centipede, Milipede, JR Pacman, Pengo, Phoenix, Time Pilot, Super Cobra, Hustler, Space Panic, Super Breakout, New Rally X, Arkanoid, Qix, Juno First, Xevious, Mr Do's Castle, Moon Cresta, Pinball Action, Scramble and Super Pacman
Also there's many classic beat-‘em-ups in dedicated cabs, plus Tekken 6, Blaz Blue and six linked Street Fighter IV cabs.
And finally, HERE'S THE ORIGINAL FIRST POST FROM THIS THREAD
Hello - I'm always down the Casino Arcade in Tottenham Court Road by Goodge Street tube station, but there are no other Shmupers there when I pop in. If you don't know they have Mushihimesama, Ketsui, Progear, Strikers 1945, 1945+, Gigawing and loads more. 3 - 4 credits for a £1!
Anyone want to meet down there, or is it already happening and I'm missing out?
BTW, my old account here from about 2 years ago got shut I think, as I was inactive for a long while - I used to be Moomin...