Like everyone else, I wasted a lot of my parents’ quarters playing
Dragon’s Lair and lasting for about 2 minutes before losing all
five lives. Fortunately, the local grocery store had a Dragon’s
Lair cabinet, as well as a couple of other games, so I got many
occasions to practice.
One day I was sitting in our apartment reading a video game
magazine (nerd!), and in the back was a little section of
classified ads. My eye was caught immediately by the words “Beat
Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair!” For a few bucks, you could send away
for this random guy’s strategy guide, which listed all the moves
and when to make them.
Please realize there was no residential internet. We had a
computer, but no modem. There was no just going to Google for an
FAQ or walkthrough. If you didn’t know the moves, you just didn’t
know them, unless you knew someone else who knew them, which of
course you didn’t.
What a great story.