History Of The Arcade Machine

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Arcade machines have been around for almost 100 years, and today, a clique of retro game players exist to keep alive the arcade machine around. These games arrived at the groundbreaking technology way before consoles and personal computers took over. They stand the test of time with a long history to tell from its time as being just a pinball to the hand-controlled action of Pac-Man. Arcade machines did not just come in as they were initially.

The First Coins        

The first arcade games in the pre-graphic era were in the 1920s in amusement parks and county festivals with the ball toss and the coin-based fortune teller. In the 1930s, the arcade game was expanded into pinball machines. This would be the defining arcade game for the next four decades until their were upstaged first by their electric versions and then the video game. These electronic versions would make its debut in the late 1960s, starting with Periscope, an electric-shooter game that simulates submarine shooting. Later, the first version of Duck Hunt was released to feature rear-view projection.

Global Expansion

As the 1970s moved along, arcade machines became more electro-mechanical. Following Periscope and Duck Hunt, other genre games like Grand Prix, Jet Rocket, Killer Shark, Wild Gunman, and Pong, the first commercially successful video game from Atari. But the first game to start what is known as the “Golden Age of Arcade Games” is Space Invaders. Released in 1978, the Japanese-produced game developed formally the shooting genre that has been copied ever since. Throughout the 1980s, many other arcade machine games from Pac-Man to Frogger to Donkey Kong grab ahold of the arcade lovers and the industry received, in 2017 figures, $21.5 billion in revenue.

Decline And Resurrection

The development of video game consoles that can be played at home led to the fall of the arcade machine, although many stubbornly held on to play another day with the same games. Companies sought to replicate the advanced graphics being developed by the consoles into the arcade room. In 1991, it received their return by the release of Street Fighter II and other games produced in the martial arts genre, which would become the leading type of game in the arcade machines. 3D games also became something arcade manufacturers used to bring back players have video game consoles initially struggled to develop them. But by the late-90s, the video game consoles finally developed the advanced console similar to the arcade game, and it was much more affordable than before. They rose, and arcade games dropped more off the map.


Arcade games still exist, but its glory days are far over, unable to catch up with what the home console and computer have to offer: games at home. Arcade games and arcades have both vintage games in complete function, as well as the more radical, challenging physical games such as skeeball and the highly popular Dance Dance Revolution. It remains very high in Japan also, and production has not halted as long as people still keep playing them.