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Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1980s

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With the groundwork set in the previous decade, the 1980s saw vast improvements in technology and gameplay, ushering in the golden age of arcade games. Join as we continue our series on the Top Arcade Games per Decade, with the Top 10 Arcade Games of the 1980’s Subscribe►► Facebook►►. Twitter►► Suggestion Tool►► Channel Page►►

For this list, we’re looking at the best arcade games of the decade in terms of popularity, critical acclaim, longevity, and the impact they’ve made on the video gaming medium. We’re focusing on games that saw popularity primarily in the arcades so while there was indeed a port of Super Mario Bros for coin-op use, you won’t find it here.

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20 Comments

  1. I am quite surprised Tron didn’t make the list or even an honorable mention.

  2. So many top hits in that decade that it’s hard not to see why that was the golden age of arcade games. With such simple yet addictive designs it’s brilliant.

  3. Can't forgive joust only got honorable mention 1 of my 2 favorite electronic games of all time.

  4. Asteroids, Joust, Q-bert and Arkanoid were my favorites

  5. Star Force. Levels of the Greek alphabet, great graphics, rapid fire with double ships, green question marks that flip, multiple array of enemy ships going in multiple directions and the best music ever, especially when you got a double ship, then everything ramped up and I got huge scores of up to 2 million +. I always had hoards of people surrounding me when I played. There's examples of it being played on YouTube people. Look it up.

  6. TRON, PONPOKO, and Vanguard were my three top favorite!

  7. Gaplus aka Galaga 3 was the overall best of all.

  8. Anyone else play Track and Field with a black hair comb for added speed?

  9. No I don’t agree!!!! Your missing a lot of much better games. Two right off the bat is Mortal Combat and Street Fighter

  10. Gauntlet was a fav me and my friends would all run for that cab and then years later getting that 4 player adapter for the genesis version was great

  11. List is kinda lame IMO only a few on here deserve to be here , no defender?! .. no tempest, battlezone, star castle berzerk , really?! And Pac-Man is still played today in some shape or form and it’s barely mentioned

  12. You might wanna learn how to pronounce "Mario" before you do a video on 80s video games

  13. It’s Mario, not Mary-O!!!!!! That is not the first time I’ve heard someone pronounce the name that way. I don’t know why it hit’s a nerve, it just does.

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