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What did you call an extra life back in the day?

Phediuk

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Oct 27, 2017
2,347
I remember people calling them "free men" a lot. So when you did the 99-life trick where bounce on the turtle shells in Mario, we'd say you got "99 free men", while a 1-up mushroom was a "free man", and so on.
 

Redcrayon

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Oct 27, 2017
6,400
UK
An ‘extra life’. But then I started out playing the Dizzy games rather than Mario so it was probably ‘Eggstra lives’ knowing them.
 

BDS

Member
Oct 25, 2017
10,362
I always called them "extra lives" in everything except Mario, where they're obviously a 1-Up.

Anyone who calls it a "free man" is untrustworthy and should be banned from society.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,970
An extra life, occasionally a 1up.

That said I have friends that still say to this day "free guy". One of them also says "I've won that" when he means completing a game.
 

Monroe Kelly

Member
Oct 28, 2017
46
Free man is singular, extra lives for plural.

So when my uncle would do the turtle shell trick, he got free lives. When I got a 1-up, I got a free man.
 

Boke18

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Oct 25, 2017
7,646
I called it lives, but many of my friends when we were younger called it a "free man'/"free men"
 

dark_prinny

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Oct 26, 2017
2,377
Here in Spain, back in the day, they were those weird parasites at the arcades who always said: ¿Me dejas un muñeco? That’ll roughly translate as : Can I have one...
Fuck this is pretty hard to translate muñeco is the masculine for doll but it doesn't make any sense. But what they wanted is to play 1up of your game.
Anyways apart of those people, I just called “a life”
 

low-G

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Oct 25, 2017
6,372
Usually extra life, but one of my friends influenced me to call them 'man' / 'extra man' in the day (NES).
 

PaulloDEC

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Oct 25, 2017
2,985
Australia
They were just lives for me. I played almost entirely on PC when I was a kid, I don't think the "1up" terminology was used there much.
 

djplaeskool

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Oct 26, 2017
6,721
1up.
My cousins used "free man" a lot, though, they also called levels/stages "boards" which never caught on with me.