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It was during the 70’s when a bunch of university students came up with the bright idea to create a communal game machine; hence, arcade games were born. While the thought of mass-producing this machine never crossed the minds of these scholars, their creation paved the way for one Nolan Bushnell to create the first series of arcade games in America.
What started with Galaxy Game (a spin-off of Spacewar) quickly led to the birth of games such as Computing Space, Pong, and eventually, Space Invaders. The creation of the co-op gaming machine also led to the founding of Atari in 1972 and then Taito soon after — legendary brands in the realm of video games. Now, thanks to MyEmulator website, you can play the best arcade titles online. The best of all time!
These two companies continued to battle it out into the eighties with new titles such as Asteroids, Centipedes, Galaxian, and, of course, Pac-Man. Nintendo followed suit with their own releases in the form of Donkey Kong, while other players like Williams Electronics delivered with Defender, the first scrolling shooter game at that time. And with more titles came more machines which were then collectively made available via arcades.
This was the golden age of video games. However, the golden age would soon falter. In the same way that video killed radio, the decision to make these arcade games available at home literally killed off the concept. As developers transitioned to creating individual consoles and cartridges, like the NES, the SNES or the Genesis, the interest in visiting arcades to play titles waned.
Why go out when you can play arcade games your own convenience at home, without having to share a machine? Why spend more for a video game when you can buy titles much cheaper and play it to your heart’s content? These sentiments, plus the ability to share and trade cartridges (better cost-efficiency, if gamers were concerned about it at all), really gave gaming consoles their appeal.
Luckily, as the 90’s approached, the love for co-op machines reigned once more. With the release of combative titles like Double Dragon, Street Fighter 2 (1992), and Mortal Kombat (1993), there really was no other way to experience the intensity of matches than by playing standing, side-by-side, and shoulder-to-shoulder with your opponent; add to this of course the droves of people watching arcade games on the sidelines.
Arcade parlors cashed in not only on the competitive nature of gamers but also on the value that they placed on having the right ambiance to play in. Unlike at-home consoles, you could play with complete strangers when you went for the arcade game. Keep in mind that this happened at a time when online gaming was still non-existent. And to further drive traffic to these parlors, tournaments for the different games were set up.
But arcade games faced yet another challenge as technology peaked. At some point in the later 90’s, game developers found a way to provide this competitive ambiance via home consoles. To counteract this, machines were redesigned to offer an even more immersive 3D gaming experience.
From push buttons and joysticks, arcade games started including gimmicks and novelties. For Virtua Cop, the game was played with a gun-like controller. Other titles would eventually adopt this practice. Dancing ones were created to make use of actual foot pads — such as in Dance Dance Revolution.
There were also other games like Drum Mania and Guitar Hero, which used a simulated drum kit and guitar attachment respectively. Again, these in-arcade titles only started to lose their pull when these peripherals were made available to console owners.
But arcade games haven’t really caught up with online gaming and boosted consoles. Although they still exist, there really aren’t as many people heading down to arcade parlors these days. Even if parlors tried to apply new strategies like offering merchandise and rewards, a lot of machines eventually found their way to the scrap heap.
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