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The Ultimate Early 80s Arcade Tribute

Patrick Scott Patterson
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– I recently took some footage I had in my archives and made a video of early 80s video game factories. The vid proved a big hit worldwide, so I thought I’d take clips of the early 80s arcades themselves and do another mash-up.

Enjoy 10 minutes of footage from the early 80s arcade boom and some arcade music along with it. Every scrap of this footage is from 1981-1983.

How many games in here can you recognize? Some famous locations to arcade history also shown in here, and some champion players, too.

Post who/what you spot in the comments section below.

20 Comments

  1. I'm from Ecuador, but since everyone here speaks English, I put my English skills to the test, I remember that in 2019 I went with my brother and friends to play arcades that were in a corner of my neighborhood, I had great fun there, my brother and I played everything, I still remember, but thanks to covid 19 I can't, and also because that neighborhood is dangerous, we still want to.

  2. This was awesome! We had a place in Kalamazoo Mi called “star world” man it was a huge arcade and pizza restaurant! Closed in the late 80s.

  3. I really wish they would have left out some of the cheesy 80s music (which is awesome in its own right) and had more audio from the actual arcade games. There was something magical hearing all your favorite games sounding off all around you while you walked around the arcade trying to decide where to drop your last quarter.

  4. Arcades were like the movie theatres of gaming

  5. Growing up in this era was awesome, and in the 90's as we watched arcades wither and die out, so did a little bit of my soul.

  6. While we have arcade 1up now. It still does not give that same feeling as being in a poorly lit arcade room with questionable stickyness on the tables, the quarters lined up on the edge of the arcade display. Or the slightly nauseating feeling from the crazy carpet designs. Slurping on a peppsi while struggling to get that high score while fighting the dry eyes from not blinking Numbing feet from standing for hours, fingering the coin return for that last electronic high.

  7. i wasn't alive in the 80s but man, i would love to see what it was like back then

  8. im 11 but i love arcades, also i really love 70's-80's songs,i have fav bands like journey,firehouse,queen,and more they are awesome,i really love going to a cafe that have arcade in it and it's close to my house,awe man,wish i was born in the 80's 🙁

  9. I could name almost all of them and it would be a long list.

  10. Factory of Fun in Dandenong and South Yarra.

  11. "What a drag it is getting old" The Rolling Stones. And all of us!

  12. I grew up in this era. Once video games moved to PCs in people's homes this era was gone. I remember discovering that the guy who maintained the arcade games had left the keys to several games in one of the machines. We robbed all the quarters from the machines and proceeded to put them all back in one game at a time. When we had played to our hearts content, we left the keys and the quarters right where we found them. We just wanted to play the games.

  13. People who grew up in the 80s and 90s like me are the last generation to have it so good. Those growing up now have so much to think about. For us it was all fun and sunshine.

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