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The Golden Age of Arcade Games

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Documentary documenting seminal classic arcade games which laid the foundation for today’s games, from the antediluvian period (1971-1978) and golden period (1978-1986). From Computer Space to Pong to Space Invaders to Pac-Man to Gauntlet, this film depicts actual game play from the groundbreaking classics.

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  1. Man that brought back some memories riding our bikes down to the convenience store standing behind the convenience store getting stoned mowing yard so you can earn enough money to play simpler times back then I sure miss them but they'll always be in my memories

  2. Love this time in the arcade, this was my childhood, lots of nostalgia, thank's for the video, Excellent :o)

  3. Man I loved playing these games. The 80s were bad ass.

  4. PHOENIX!!!! TEMPEST!!! GALAGA!!! POPEYE!!! DONKEY KONG JR.!!!

  5. I think Super Breakout was 78….and where was SeaWolf?

  6. More or less nailed it for me but its all subjective.. I'd have added scramble

  7. Oh how I miss those incredible days in the "Golden Era of Arcade Games". I was 15 in 1981 at the height of the video arcade days and it was wonderful. There was nothing like going down to the video arcade at the local mall and spending an afternoon playing a myriad of video games. Everyone had their favorites. We held "tournaments" on Friday and Saturdays and all you played for was "bragging rights". But being known as the "master" of a particular video game was big stuff back then (LOL). It was a local hang out for many a teens in the 1980's. I still remember when Space Invaders came to our local Jiffy Food Store (similar to a 7-11). As word spread that the game had arrived, literally the entire neighborhood showed up in droves at the Jiffy Store to get his/her turn on this newfound video "wonder" that morphed into a true phenomenon over the next 4 or 5 years after that. Then, a year later Donkey Kong showed up at the same store. WOW, what a craze that caused. Then on to Pac Man, Joust, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, Moon Patrol (A particular favorite of mine), Star Trek, where you sat in an enclosed game pod piloted the Enterprise and Mr. Spock stated "Welcome Aboard Captain" when you inserted the quarter. Another game I particularly liked was called Gyruss. A type of space game where you traveled from Planet to Planet upon finishing each level. It was a challenging but particularly fun game. Wow I spent a lot of quarters in that game over the years. There was even a video game centered around the rock group JOURNEY at the time, which was actually a pretty good game and you even got to hear there music while playing through the various levels. And the list continues on and on with literally hundreds, if not thousands of various video arcade games of all different types. It was truly a great time in history. When a quarter dollar could bring you so much joy for the few minutes (or MANY minutes for a lot of us) could bring you. Two dollars could mean two hours of play time for some of us that were expert players. It's hard to imagine all the different sounds, beeps, bleeps, bings and boings going on (loudly) in the video arcade, but somehow, your mind could separate and drowned out all the other sounds behind you when you were transfixed on playing your particular arcade game. It's funny, many of the games were just mastering "patterns" (Pac Man has a "pattern") that you could memorize and literally play for a LONG……time. I even give credit to girlfriends at the time who may have not been particularly interested in video games, but they "put up with it" because it gave their boyfriends at the time so much joy. Girls standing around watching their boyfriends play over an hour or two, meeting with other friends. Not saying that girls didn't like playing video games because many of them did, but, for a lot of them it was watching their boyfriends play, finding a new boyfriend at the video arcade, or ditching a current boyfriend for a new beau they met at the arcade was the order of business on many a weekend night. I even saw quite a few "squabbles" between girls over boys at the local arcade. And quite a few boys fighting over a girl at the arcade. Oh, the days of the video arcade…… They are gone forever, but WOW, what a great time it was. It is a time I will cherish in my life forever.

  8. Wow, Night Driver. I would have been 9 when that came out. I didn't want to think what it was like to really drive on the streets, but this game taught me I might run into a deer or a hitchhiker. Wait, no, that was Speed Freak!

  9. Moon patrol is the best………………… I love it …………….

  10. If you had to omit a few due to time constraints, then you should do a Part Two video!

  11. super breakout was released in 1978 tempest in 1981

  12. OMG! Watching this video makes me feel so nostalgic I almost wanna cry. This brings back some of my fondest memories as a teen going to the arcade with my friends.

  13. Dragon's Lair is the best looking arcade game in that vid.

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