In the spirit of top 10 threads, asking what are peoples top 10 games from the Golden Age of Video games. These are games that were in the arcades, ( the ones you put 20 cents in ).
" The golden age of arcade video games was the era when arcade video games entered pop culture and became a dominant cultural force. … This led to the rise of both video game arcades and the mention of video games in other media, such as songs, cartoons, and movies like 1982’s TRON."
My top 10
1.Galaxian 1979 - The first colour raster game, no overlays, enemies swarming down, extra points for shooting formations, this game was everywhere, the precursor to Galaga but Galaxian set the tone
2.Donkey Kong - 1981 The iconic plumbers first game, although he was first called Jumpman, this set the tone for platform games
Puck Man 1980 - Yes Pac Man was originally Puck Man but due to the english conversion it occurred that many people where scratching out part of the P to make it ■■■■ Man, many units went out as Puck Man and the original marquees can still be brought. A franchise that has netted over 14 billion dollars, a true classic. It’s designer thought of it while eating pizza!
Asteroids 1979 - The first big arcade vector game, vector graphics were so cool, this was 1979 and the game had 5 buttons, left/right , thrust/fire and hyperspace, my friend has an original cab. Still kicks my ■■■■.
Space Invaders 1978 - the game that started the craze caused a shortage of the equivalent coin in Japan, they had to print more because of this game, still a hard game to play and so iconic. I enjoy the thumping boom boom when playing the game with a sub woofer, gets quite frantic.
Galaga 1981 - Spent so much time on this game, it was just perfect at the time, getting the additional ship when yours was captured, or horrifying accidentally shooting it for a 1000 points, it introduced the bonus stage. Have played this in many MAME comps over the years and finally clocked it, a few years ago, player 1 clocks at 1,000,000 but player 2 actually can handle 9,999,999, this was due to limitations on memory BITD. I can only play or two games now at a time as my firing arm aches with repetitiveness. an Australian holds the world record around 17,000,000
Centipede - first Arcade game designed by a women apparently, and it was set in a garden shooting bugs, nice use of a trackball, love the colours, sounds, still a fun game.
Defender - Here is a game that had 5 buttons and a joystick (only up/down ) killer game and still difficult to the day, another my friend owns, never ever been good at this game, but the Williams sounds and frantic gameplay.
Moon Patrol - Still play this one regularly, had the first parallax scrolling in side-scrolling video games, where the back grounds moved differently. Pretty good at this one can get through Championship course and then it is just Championship course repeat, still fun and one a few of my friends always have a bash on. Love the tune too!
*Will add the rest just have to go and do something