Some of the most vivid memories I possess from my childhood involve me in an arcade with a joystick in my hand and a screen illuminating my face. Whether it was celebrating after a little league game, a friend’s birthday or simply a night of eating out, many of my childhood dreams and efforts revolved around Round Table Pizza, merely for their arcade games.
As a kid, there were more games than I could even handle, but I always found myself putting quarters into the same ones every time I was there. There are classic cars and there are classic movies, but I don’t believe anything, and I mean anything, is more classic than classic arcade games. Listed below are 3 of the greatest classic arcade games from the golden age of arcade video games, see if you’ve been fortunate enough to play them yourself.
Everyone and their moms have played Pacman at some point in their life; it’s the ultimate classic. There are songs about it, there are movies about it, and don’t even get me started on all of the memorabilia related to it.
Introduced in 1980, Pacman was an instant hit. What makes it so great is its simplicity. One screen, one joystick, and one main goal: to stay alive. There aren’t any gimmicks or cheat codes, what you see is exactly what you get.
It wasn’t even known that the game was beatable until 1999, when Billy Mitchell earned the first perfect score of 3,333,360 points. This very fact—that it wasn’t discovered that the game could be beaten until 19 years later—proves how timeless Pacman really is.
Still alive and well in modern video games, Donkey Kong made his arcade debut in 1981. One of Nintendo’s most popular and recognizable characters, Donkey Kong quickly rose to the top of the charts and has stayed there ever since among classic arcade games.
Donkey Kong is considered to be the very first video game with a storyline and overall plot. The original character used in the game that must rescue a princess from Donkey Kong was first referred to as Jumpman and later on was developed into Mario. Mario is Nintendo’s other most notable and popular character.
Whether you stick to the modern games and have never even slipped a quarter into an arcade game, chances are you still know exactly who Donkey Kong is.
Space Invaders; giving children nightmares about alien invasions since 1978. An instant hit, Space Invaders was one of the earliest shooting games to hit the arcades.
With the goal in mind to defeat waves of enemy aliens and earn a score as high as possible, people would spend hours upon hours in front of the screen trying to reach new levels. Space Invaders has served as inspiration to many other games and its pixilated alien character has become a pop culture icon and a symbol for video games as a whole.
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