this is great! :-) I was terrible at this game growing up, but later got the stupid DVD version where you could play with your remote and ended up getting pretty good at it. now I have it on my emulator setup, along with all the other ones like space ace etc. yeah I think this was the first 50 cent game I played too. I knew a kid who was awesome at it growing up and would watch him blast through screens with no problem and give me tips, but when I'd try my timing was shit, haha
Ha! yeah, I built a full-standing arcade cabinet with MAME for most of my games. I use Daphne to play this and other laser-disc-based games now, but the "hint flash" that is supposed to show what door or direction to go doesn't show up for some reason. It makes it so much harder.
I used to kick ass at Space Ace. I always thought Kimberly was a bitch. Poor Dirk doesn't know that Daphne is mildly retarded...or maybe he does...good for him. Nice chap that Dirk is. Very giving. I also remember playing Cliff Hanger. The ending always puzzled me. Did they die and are now in heaven or did they survive and make it to shore? Dragons Lair 2 was a bit harder. I had it on dvd. I just enjoyed watching the play through. The Mozart stage was the best. Thayers Quest had an interesting set up. It was the first arcade game to let you save your progress. Hell, it had a keyboard instead of a joystick. That was some fancy sh!t back im them days. They there was Astron Belt and Fire Fox (based on the movie). Not only did you pay 50 cents to play...It was timed! Holy crap, 50 cents for 90 seconds of game play unless you coughed up another 50 cents. Both very stupid games.
I recall playing a port of Dragon's Lair on a friends commodore computer (remember those?!!).. wasn't bad actually... I didn't remember the damsel in Space Ace being "Daphne".. I guess that is why they named the emulator I use "Daphne". I sucked at all of these games, but I was very attracted to the drawing style of them (I really liked the style of Don Bluth).