My favorite video game is probably Mr. Do. I used to spend hours at the local bowling alley plunking quarters into that thing and occasionaly I'd uncover a diamond and win a free game. Many games today you can save and start from where you left off and have it beat in a few weeks but back then in the coin-op days it was all about skill and memory and the games got faster and harder the higher level you played and I loved the challenge.
I'm sorry to hear that your cards are sick. I hope they feel better soon.