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Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1970s

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Believe it or not, these games were absolutely mind-blowing back in the day, and have since helped define video games in the public eye. Join as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Arcade Games Of The 1970s. Subscribe►► Facebook►►. Twitter►► Suggestion Tool►► Channel Page►►

For this list, we’re looking at the best games released to and played in arcades between 1970 and 1979. These are the games that made a significant impact on popular culture and the video gaming medium, helping to influence bigger, better games of the future.

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  1. I vote for Defender ! Man that game was one of the best arcade platform games ever !!! I grew up on Space Invaders and Pong and Asteroids. Then I got a job and a Sega and played Sonic 'til HE was tired of running lol

  2. Battlezone was released in 1980. Just sayin.

  3. POV: you looked up the video games playlists for nostolgia

  4. The Best Games are Phönix and Dig Dug

  5. I remember playing #4 long ago^^
    That was fun at the arcade

  6. Personally I would substitute Space War for Computer Space. Sure CS was first, but who even played that game? As far as I know there were only a small number of those cabinets produced. I have never seen one in the wild, and only time remember seeing it during the seventies was as the game Shirl played in the movie Soylent Green.

  7. I just wanted to see early video games.

  8. The first time I saw an Asteroids machine, it was scary as the demo graphics were mesmerising ! only 10 at the time It was 1980

  9. What console / format is used in most the clips pls ?

  10. Its a pity you used an emulator for Asteroids .. because one of the most memorable visuals was the super bright vector dot that the real machines produced on a CRT thats impossible on MAME !! Same goes for Space Invaders. If you had filmed a real TAITO upright cab you would have got the amazing UV lit colour backdrop with the B&W invaders floating in front of it, which was mesmerising, and the sound made it even more addictive because of the heavy bass thump-thump sound effect that gradually sped up as the level progressed.

  11. 1970s- “lobbying against…”
    2020s- “cancel culture”
    🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  12. Ahh, Pong – the game that started it all. I remember the day my brother brought it home and hooked it up to our television and the family was amazed at this marvelous new technology. Nearly 50 years later, it's barely remembered as the great, great grandfather of whatever the kids are playing nowdays.

  13. I flunked out of college in ‘78 due to space invaders. Met my husband in ‘79. Been happily married 41+ years. Kids and grandkids. Go space invaders woooo!

  14. Wait I thought Pong was the first arcade game not Computer Space

  15. He said colour finally for Galaxian but before the brick breaker game had colour

  16. In the NES version of Arkanoid I believe it’s Round 5 where the bricks are in the form of one the aliens from Space Invaders

  17. SHOUT To ATARI from Baby Shannon love you always forever!!!!🥶👽😇😇😇🇺🇸🥳🎉🥳🎉😸🤩😡🙂🙂👽😈🎊😇😇😇😇🙏🙏🇺🇸🙏🙏

  18. I grew up with these games and trust me, Sea Wolf and Battle zone were the most fun.

  19. Imagine tagging a 70s gaming video with Pac-Man when none of the games on the list was Pac-Man. Does YouTube not have Space Invaders, Galaxian, or even Pong as possible tags?

  20. And in terms of Sound/Music a couple of them were also pioneers: Computer Space was not only the first commercial coin operated video game but the first video game with sound! And Space Invaders was the first to have continuous music and the first to have adaptive music (sound that reacts to the game states).

  21. What about heavy weight champ by sega?

  22. I remember playing a lot of these games on my uncles computer back in the early 2000’s. I had a blast playing them!

  23. I remember these games well, the old bastard that I am!

  24. These were based in the USA. 'We' had far better games in the UK! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

  25. Worried about "video games," when they should have been getting rid of guns and ammo.

  26. Battle Zone Atari, my Father and me, we waiting for the Flight to Seattle, 1978, London Battle Zone Free game, ii don't know i put coins inside but i'am idiot sometimes i got this i could play free. After this time i was the master of Battle Zone. Hahahaha. You forget somebody of this Aera!

  27. In1970 there was also jet rocket by sega, some people remind It?

  28. You forgot Missile Command, I remember it being controversial because of its Nuclear War theme.

  29. I remember hearing on the radio in the late 1970s that Americans had spent more on Space Invaders than they had on the entire Space Shuttle program.
    I remember playing Pong for hours in a local computer store. No one had ever seen a computer game before. Games at that time were things like cards, dominoes, chess, checkers, Monpoly, and Parcheesi. Computer games were mesmerizing.

  30. We had an Atari 2600, and my brother and I figured out some "cheats". In the "Tank" game on the Combat cartridge, you could make the tanks "dance" — if one tank rear-ended another in just the right way, they would go swooping in big circles around the screen. On another cartridge, you were supposed to run over numbers with a car, and each number you ran over added to your score. We figured out how to hit the numbers sideways just right so the car would get "stuck" on the number and run your score up to the maximum of 99 in just one second.

  31. I love Space Invaders part 2 better 1979 arcade

  32. Born in |970s and played games my entire life.

  33. My childhood. If I was rich, I'd have a restored Sea Wolf, a classic arcade cabinet with multiple 80s/90s games, and a pinball machine.

  34. 2 games which were very good and I never saw again were: Asteroid 3D, and a certain type of Tank attack game that used 2 levers and had a function that you could zoom up vertical so that you can get an aerial peek of the battlefield.

  35. Gravitate was also a favorite of mine

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