Decades ago, kids were filling the arcades to play
their favorite video games.
These fun-filled activities brought joy to millions of people. The golden age of video game arcades began in the late 1970s and ended in the mid-1980s. However, many entertainment centers still offer arcade games.
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. A year later, Atari launched Pong, which set the ground for arcade video games. Taito Corp, Namco, Vectorbeam, Sega, Konami, and other companies continued to release games for arcade fans. In just one year, Donkey Kong has earned $180 million and sold more than 600,000 units.
The first arcade games were coin-operated machines. As they evolved, they became a part of modern culture.
Gen Xers will never forget their first video game experiences. Although they have now embraced the game-console scene, they will remember those times forever. Popular games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Speed Race, Pong, Defender, and Lunar Lander have made history. For instance, Space Invaders influenced nearly every shooter game ever created. Pac-Man’s impact is still felt nationwide.
From kids to teenage boys, everyone was addicted to arcade games in the 80s. Some were missing school to play their favorite games. Today, more than one third of parents enjoy this fun activity with their kids at least once a week. Arcade games were our childhood’s passion, and they still exist in one form or another. Fans can quench their thirst for arcade video games at theme bars and entertainment venues, such as Barcade, the American Classic Arcade Museum, Chuck E’ Cheese, and Dave & Buster’s.