Arcade games or coin-op games (which include video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games and redemption games) were typically installed in restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. The period between the late 1970s and the mid-1980s is considered the golden age of arcade video games; one a lot of us either remember or have seen in films and TV series.
Arcade games were celebrated as a sign of technological progress, and numerous communities and players grew around them. The blockbuster game was Space Invaders, created in 1978. Galaxian (1979), Pac-Man (1980), Battlezone (1980), Defender (1980), and Bosconian (1981) followed, with corner arcades appearing in restaurants, grocery stores, bars and movie theaters all over the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and other countries.
And now, you can play on these arcade game machines from the comfort of your home. Here are some of our top picks.
The following cartridges are considered some of the most popular games released for the Atari system. Among them, you can find classics like Pac-Man, Asteroids, Adventure and Space Invaders.
A pinball machine is a glass-covered cabinet with metallic balls to score points. Most arcade corners in the 70s and 80s had pinball machines in them, but there’s also a new trend of games being created and made available for the house and office. Below is a mix of new and classics.