EARLY CABINET TYPE ARCADE GAMES

Back in the 1970s before the PC came to the market. Games were built in dedicated cabinets for the coin-op arcade. Many games earned more than 1 billion quarters. By 1981, arcade video games were an $8 billion industry.

  • Pong (1972)
  • Gotcha (1973)
  • Breakout (1976)
  • Space Invaders (1978)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Galaxian (1979)
  • Battlezone (1980)
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • Defender (1981)
  • Frogger (1981)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Qix (1981)
  • Tempest (1981)
  • Bosconian (1981)
  • Pitfall (1982)
  • Q*bert (1982)
  • Mr. Do! (1982)
  • Mappy (1983)
  • Star Wars (1983)
  • Mario Bros. (1983)
  • Tetris (1984)
  • 1942 (1984)
  • Gauntlet (1985)
  • Streetfighter (1987)
  • Mortal Kombat (1992)

Breakout, for example, entered arcades ca. April 1976. Space Invaders arrived in the summer of 1978 and really put arcade gaming into the golden age. Game consoles quickly started to displace older pinball machines. Games moved out of pool halls and into retail spaces as the number games increased exponentially.Once the PC arrived, many of the classic 2nd generation games were ported to DOS. In time the PC became the premier gaming platform. Some early games were developed for the PC and older CP/M machines.Eventually the Playstation and Xbox spelled the end for the arcade business. Most retail shops closed at the start of the 21st century as PC gaming began to take over.

TOP SELLERS

  • Pac-Man sold 400,000 units
  • Space Invaders sold 360,000 units

MICROSOFT ARCADE

Many of these classic games were published by MIcrosoft for MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows. The 80386 and 80486 processors run DOS fast enough for games easily.

  • Microsoft Arcade (1993)
  • Return of the Microsoft Arcade (1996)
  • Microsoft Revenge of the Arcade (1998)
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