The Golden Age of Arcade Games

By Deane Barker on October 6, 2004

Golden age of arcade games: The featured article on Wikipedia today is “The Golden Age of Arcade Games.” I was at the perfect age for this. I still remember haunting the arcades as a 13-year-old.

During the early 1980s, arcade game technology had become sophisticated enough to offer good-quality graphics and sounds, but it was still fairly basic (realistic images and full motion video were not yet available, and only a few games used spoken voice) and so the success of a game had to rely on simple and fun gameplay. This emphasis on the gameplay is why many of these games continue to be enjoyed today despite having been vastly outdated by modern computing technology.

The list of games in section five takes me back: Space Invaders, Asteroids, Missile Command, Star Castle, Burgertime, Moon Patrol, Xevious, Dragon’s Lair, Elevator Action, Spy Hunter, Star Wars, Tapper, etc. Legends, all.

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