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80s Memories: Movies I Grew Up With
Aaron Maracle
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Got the urge to revisit the 1980s. Being a teenager during that time gave us a lot to be thankful for like spandex, day glo colors and movies.

This list is about movies that I watched during the 1980s. I'll make a comment on the movie and the game if I had played it.

Who knows? Maybe I can do a Music list next.

On with the show....
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1. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1228]
Aaron Maracle
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This little gem came out in 1986 and while I couldn't sneak into the theatre to see it, the magic of a VHS Player brought this movie into my home.

I was never a big fan of the original "Alien", but this film really had it all for me. Big guns, explosions and lots of catch phrases that we would say to each other at school at the proper moments.

Game Comments: I wrote a review of this little gem and I truly feel it is one of the best games I've played.
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2. Board Game: RoboCop VCR Game [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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I can still remember seeing the trailer for this film and telling myself "I gotta see this". I think I caught it twice at the theatres and loved every minute of it. Guns, catch phrases and a good mix of violence and humor fueled my love for this film. Wish I would have kept some of my Robocop sketches.

Game Comments: I bought this game at a Thrift Shop of my Robocop collection. It is best described as a super piece of turd that should ot be played with anyone except ex-girlfriends and Irish midgets.
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3. Board Game: Raiders of the Lost Ark Game [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:9272]
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Another movie I got to watch repeatedly thanks to the magic of a VHS player. Who didn't want to wear a fedora and wield a whip after seeing this great film? I recently picked up the DVD triology set so my little ones could experience the magic of the film. You have to start them early on good films.

Game Comments: This was a Christmas gift when I was 9 and I remember playing it a few times. It had zero action in it and you basically just moved around and tried to get the proper three cards to win.... Still, it was an Indiana Jones game.
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4. Board Game: Krull [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:10223]
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I can remember seeing the trailers for this film and the Burger King promotion calender and thought "Gee that looks pretty cool". I remember that in my youth it was a fun film, but nothing to tell your friends about. Now that I am older and very critical of my films, I see how ugly it is as a piece of art, but I still find a few things in it that entertains me. My daughters see to like it, but they also like much better films such as "Ladyhawke" and "Hawk the Slayer".

Game Comments: Never played, but it looks like I am not missing much.
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5. Board Game: Masters of the Universe [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Now, I am not talking about the cartoon. I am talking about this train wreck of a film that had me asking "Why the heck if Ivan Dragoo chasing after these weird people?". I grew up with my He-Man toys and my mythos was based upon the little books that use to come with the figures and a bit of the cartoon. After seeing the film, I know why Uwe Bole still gets work.

Game Comments: Never played it.
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6. Board Game: The Last Starfighter Combat Game [Average Rating:5.83 Unranked]
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Ooooh... early CGI! I remember seeing this film as a treat at school on a bad weather day. I thought the Gunstar was a poor designer for a fighter, but I quickly forgave that after seeing the explosions and the rousing soundtrack.

Game Comments: Missed the chance to own this game and I wish I had picked up just for my collection.
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7. Board Game: Tron: Assault on MCP Game [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
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Now, if you want to talk early CGI, you gotta talk about Tron. I recently rewatched the film and it does have some pacign issues, but boy.... do those neon blue lights ever look cool. Plus, who doesn't remember the countless ligth cycle ripoffs that followed once the film was released.

Game Comments: Never played.
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8. Board Game: Beetlejuice Bone to Pick Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"Beetlejuice" was the that really got me hooked on Tim Burton. It still holds up today and I still get a kick out of watching it. The cast is good, the story is simple and you get that Burton-feel through most of the film.

Oh, I almost forget. Michael Keaton was only onscreen for 17 minutes and a touch.

[b]Game Comments:[b] How about we say "meh" and leave it at that.
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9. Board Game: Batman: The Game [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
Aaron Maracle
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Some of you young ones can trash this film all you like, but I still love it. I can still remember going "Wah?" when I heard Keaton was going to be playing Batman, but I learned to live with it. Nicholson was a riot and my dad still gets a kick out of his performance. I use to do a pretty good Joker impersonation in my prime.

Game Comments: Sokay, but nothing to write home about it.
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10. Board Game: Willow [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Aaron Maracle
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My daughters asked me what kind of films I saw as a kid. I was quite happy to show them "The Dark Crystal", "The Never Ending Story" and "Willow". "Willow" has quickly become a family favorite and I can still remember sitting in a theatre watching this little piece of work and have a grand old time. After picking out this game, I was a little disappointed that a "Dark Crystal" game was never made, but after seeing how "The Muppet Show" was handled gamewise, maybe it was for all the better.

Game Comments: Never played and probally never will.
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