Tuesday, April 9, 2013
H is for Hogan's Alley
However, my first encounter with Hogan's Alley was at a local skating rink as an upright arcade game. To be honest, as a kid, I was a little taken aback by the game, in a "what's the big deal?" kind of way. At the time, the gun apparatus on the game seemed odd against the backdrop of games with joysticks, buttons and the like. Oh sure, there were gun games before, but a lot of them were target based, and usually used some sort of large gun apparatus as the control, as opposed to something resembling a hand pistol.
Much like I did with the debut of new candy bars, I gave Hogan's Alley a try or two. I quickly found out I wasn't much good at it, with too slow of reaction times to figure out where the bad guy targets were to shoot. Given the resultant brevity of games, I quickly abandoned Hogan's Alley as quickly as I tried it.
I found that I haven't gotten much better at target or action first person shooters as an adult, either, so I suspect I'm just not really made for such activities.
Did you ever play Hogan's Alley in the arcade? What do you think about first person shooter games in general, either past or present?