Showing posts with label video game. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video game. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My earliest arcade video game experiences

The first video game I saw was Pong in a restaurant I visited with my parents visited. Must have been 1974 or something. Two years later I saw Gun Fight on a fairground and a year or two after that Seawolf II, or was it Depthcharge?

The pizza restaurant in our small suburb put 1980 the game Asteroids in a corner of the hallway near the entrance and youngsters lined up. He later added Defender and more youngsters showed up, while the restaurant had only few visitors. By 1982 he dedicated the smaller room to arcade games, removed tables and chairs and by the time Donkey Kong by Nintendo or Sega's Astroblaster hit the German market he offered ten or so cabs. Every other week a new game came and each time I was blown away. This room was cramped with teens and twens, while the restaurant was mainly empty.

Now the "shocking" part. On April 1st 1985 the German government put a law into action to protect the youth. Violent video movies were moved into a separate room. Vending machines selling booze were removed and besides more things so were video game cabs. So this pizza restaurant probably went bust that year. If you wanted to play video games you had to go to dedicated arcades where the minimum age to enter was 18. And when the guy in front was in doubt you needed to show ID. I was lucky because I just turned 18 a few months prior. Not so lucky to friends being one and two years younger than me.

Imagine you love to play arcade games and are hooked since a couple of years and suddenly this love is taken away from you. I can only imagine how hard that must have been for them.

Monday, December 31, 2018

The golden age of arcade video games

The golden age of arcade games is an era in which the popularity and innovations of arcade video games were at their peak. This period started 1978 with the release of Space Invaders until the mid-1990s with the development of personal gaming equipment becoming more powerful than typical arcade games.

Abstract

By the early 1980s, video game technology had become sophisticated enough to offer good quality graphics and sound, but still remained basically simple. Realistic images and full-screen animations were not yet possible, and only few games used synthesized voices. The success of a game based mainly on gameplay and the fun it provides . This interest in gameplay is the reason why many of these games continue to be enjoyed today despite being outdated by today's standards.

Economic sector

The Golden Age was a moment of great technical and conceptual creativity for arcade video games. The games were developed around a wide variety of genres while designers had to grapple with the strict limits of CPU power and available memory. This period also saw the emergence of arcades, places dedicated exclusively to arcade gaming. At this time, arcade bells are beginning to appear in supermarkets, gas stations, pizza parlors and many other retail businesses eager to generate additional revenue. Popular games then caused especially teenagers to scramble to try out the latest video game attraction.

Companies

The most successful companies in this field are probably Atari, particularly in the United States and Namco, particularly in Japan. Other publishers include Bally Midway, Capcom, Cinematronics, Konami, Nintendo, Sega, SNK, Taito and Williams.

Successful games of this golden era

The games below are some of the most popular and influential games of the period. All are in the Top 100 video arcade games according to KLOV.

  • Space Invaders (1978)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Galaxian (1979)
  • Lunar Lander (1979)
  • Battlezone (1980)
  • Berzerk (1980)
  • Centipede (1980)
  • Defender (1980)
  • Missile Command (1980)
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Star Castle (1980)
  • Warlords (1980)
  • Wizard of Wor (1980)
  • Donkey Kong (1981)
  • Frogger (1981)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Ms. Pac Man (1981)
  • Qix (1981)
  • Tempest (1981)
  • Amidar (1982)
  • Vanguard (1981)
  • Burgertime (1982)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • Joust (1982)
  • Moon Patrol (1982)
  • Pole Position (1982)
  • Q*bert (1982)
  • Robotron 2084 (1982)
  • Time Pilot (1982)
  • Tron (1982)
  • Xevious (1982)
  • Zaxxon (1982)
  • Dragon's Lair (1983)
  • Elevator Action (1983)
  • Spy Hunter (1983)
  • Star Wars (1983)
  • Tapper (1983)