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The Golden Age of Arcade Games

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Documentary documenting seminal classic arcade games which laid the foundation for today’s games, from the antediluvian period (1971-1978) and golden period (1978-1986). From Computer Space to Pong to Space Invaders to Pac-Man to Gauntlet, this film depicts actual game play from the groundbreaking classics.


  1. Only if you lived in America the golden age ended in 78. In Japan things were just heating up..

  2. To me personally the golden age of video games in the arcades was 90-99

  3. Any game before 1990 was Classic, not Golden.

  4. At one point my local mall (Memorial City, Houston) had 4 arcades in it running simultaneously- Green's, Games games games, Quiptars, and Celebrity Cafe. Countless hours and quarters spent there! A few miles away was Castle Games and Golf, and Malibu Grand Prix each with a large arcade room.

  5. I have pressed like for Dragon's Lair, Punch Out, Kung Fu Master and Gauntlet, the others are shit. Now and in the past.

  6. That was quite a trip down memory lane! Thanks. 🙂

  7. My childhood right before my eyes. Not only could I name about 90% of these games but the arcade/convenience store where I used to hang out and play them. The early 80's were a great time to be a kid.

  8. is there anybody who knows the name of a space shooter im surging for. you move around in a circle around de enemy and they come from the center. and each level is traveling to a planet and finaly earth

  9. Me and my buddies were 18 in 1980 when the arcades first opened with these games  ! we would all go once or twice a week and spend about  30 $ each learning and playing all the great video games  ! . We each would stick mostly to our favorite game . .but I haven't thought about that Popeye game in 35 years  !  what a rush .

  10. I believe 79 to 83 was the Hayday for arcade games.
    The only really popular arcade games i remember before 79 was Space Invaders which came out in 78 and also Pong from the early 70s
    There were so many amazing arcade games from 79 to 83.
    The only popular arcade game i remember from 84 was Dragon's lair.

  11. This list could go on for hours. Two games that come to my mind from that period are Star Castle & Battle Zone

  12. Anyone remember the game Vanguard from the early 80s

  13. Olá, tudo bem? Ótimo seu Canal, se você puder se escreve no meu Canal, obrigado.

  14. That was excellent, just what I wanted to view with great presentation, thanks

  15. I was 12 in 1980 what a year. BMX and video games.Good times

  16. i remember when Graphics starting getting better and characters more life like. Gauntlet II is one I became addicted to along with other multi player arcades TMNT was a multi player favorite the Simpsons. a few first player shooting games Rambo and Operation Wolf were favorites

  17. i was around when the golden age came about.. i remember 1 game that i have been looking for in videos that i would like to see again but cant remember thae name of it …

  18. 80's games for life. I have most of them with original patterns. Thanks for the video who ever you are.

  19. great Video – funny how many you remember – far too many to chose from to say what is best but berserk and kung fu master are pretty close – Nice to be reminded of what i did with my childhood – a wonderful era for the humanoids!

  20. the Golen Axe of arcade games 😉

  21. The 80s in the valley……… Too many good memories tyvm

  22. I forgot about a lot of these games until I watched this and remember most of them !!

  23. Amazing walk down memory lane thanks!

  24. Ms Pac Man was the only game where you didn't mind being the girl character. (I refuse to believe that Samus is a girl)

  25. This was fantastic. How am I only now just finding this? You nailed all the classics, and brought back a ton of memories. Thanks for posting this.

  26. Dragon's Lair is the best looking arcade game in that vid.

  27. OMG! Watching this video makes me feel so nostalgic I almost wanna cry. This brings back some of my fondest memories as a teen going to the arcade with my friends.

  28. super breakout was released in 1978 tempest in 1981

  29. If you had to omit a few due to time constraints, then you should do a Part Two video!

  30. Moon patrol is the best………………… I love it …………….

  31. Wow, Night Driver. I would have been 9 when that came out. I didn't want to think what it was like to really drive on the streets, but this game taught me I might run into a deer or a hitchhiker. Wait, no, that was Speed Freak!

  32. Oh how I miss those incredible days in the "Golden Era of Arcade Games". I was 15 in 1981 at the height of the video arcade days and it was wonderful. There was nothing like going down to the video arcade at the local mall and spending an afternoon playing a myriad of video games. Everyone had their favorites. We held "tournaments" on Friday and Saturdays and all you played for was "bragging rights". But being known as the "master" of a particular video game was big stuff back then (LOL). It was a local hang out for many a teens in the 1980's. I still remember when Space Invaders came to our local Jiffy Food Store (similar to a 7-11). As word spread that the game had arrived, literally the entire neighborhood showed up in droves at the Jiffy Store to get his/her turn on this newfound video "wonder" that morphed into a true phenomenon over the next 4 or 5 years after that. Then, a year later Donkey Kong showed up at the same store. WOW, what a craze that caused. Then on to Pac Man, Joust, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, Moon Patrol (A particular favorite of mine), Star Trek, where you sat in an enclosed game pod piloted the Enterprise and Mr. Spock stated "Welcome Aboard Captain" when you inserted the quarter. Another game I particularly liked was called Gyruss. A type of space game where you traveled from Planet to Planet upon finishing each level. It was a challenging but particularly fun game. Wow I spent a lot of quarters in that game over the years. There was even a video game centered around the rock group JOURNEY at the time, which was actually a pretty good game and you even got to hear there music while playing through the various levels. And the list continues on and on with literally hundreds, if not thousands of various video arcade games of all different types. It was truly a great time in history. When a quarter dollar could bring you so much joy for the few minutes (or MANY minutes for a lot of us) could bring you. Two dollars could mean two hours of play time for some of us that were expert players. It's hard to imagine all the different sounds, beeps, bleeps, bings and boings going on (loudly) in the video arcade, but somehow, your mind could separate and drowned out all the other sounds behind you when you were transfixed on playing your particular arcade game. It's funny, many of the games were just mastering "patterns" (Pac Man has a "pattern") that you could memorize and literally play for a LONG……time. I even give credit to girlfriends at the time who may have not been particularly interested in video games, but they "put up with it" because it gave their boyfriends at the time so much joy. Girls standing around watching their boyfriends play over an hour or two, meeting with other friends. Not saying that girls didn't like playing video games because many of them did, but, for a lot of them it was watching their boyfriends play, finding a new boyfriend at the video arcade, or ditching a current boyfriend for a new beau they met at the arcade was the order of business on many a weekend night. I even saw quite a few "squabbles" between girls over boys at the local arcade. And quite a few boys fighting over a girl at the arcade. Oh, the days of the video arcade…… They are gone forever, but WOW, what a great time it was. It is a time I will cherish in my life forever.

  33. More or less nailed it for me but its all subjective.. I'd have added scramble

  34. I think Super Breakout was 78….and where was SeaWolf?


  36. Man I loved playing these games. The 80s were bad ass.

  37. Love this time in the arcade, this was my childhood, lots of nostalgia, thank's for the video, Excellent :o)

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