Decades ago, kids were filling the arcades to play their favorite video games at the local video game arcade.
The golden age of video game arcades began in the late 1970s and ended in the mid-1980s.
Skee Ball, the first arcade game, was released in 1909. Baffle Ball, the first coin-operated machine, was created in 1931. Pinball machines became popular around 1947. They were found mostly in bars.
Galaxy Game, the first coin-operated video game, enjoyed huge popularity since its release in 1971.
As they evolved, they became a part of modern culture during the 1980s.
Popular games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, and Space Invaders all made history.
For instance, Donkey Kong earned $180 million and sold more than 600,000 units in one year. Pac-Man’s impact is still felt nationwide and Space Invaders influenced nearly every shooter game ever created.
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