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A Brief History Of Arcade Games


People have liked to play games since ancient times. Games have become a bigger part of people's lives. In 1971 the first arcade game come along and it was this game's destiny to tremendously change the way people play games. Galaxy game was the original coin video game in an arcade. It was at Stanford University; this game never went commercial. Computer Space was the original commercial arcade game. It was a bit hard to play and didn't do very well in sales, but then Pong jumped into the game and it was a quick success. Pong was kind of like an arcade version of ping-pong because there was a virtual paddle that the players used to hit the ball to and fro until someone missed.

By the latter part of the 70's and early 80's there were local arcades, whereas the first Pong was put in a gas station. Once the arcades took off many kids wanted to play games and they spent a lot of Saturday afternoons at the arcade. Hand and eye coordination was a must and a bunch of quarters. Before this when you wanted to play games you played a board game like monopoly, chess, checkers or you chose cards games. The big arcade games during this period were Pac Man, Galega, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Zork, Mastermind, Space Invaders, and Luna Lander.

The popularity of these games lead to home video games. Later on the arcade games moved online and many people that wanted to play games began playing them there. To play games online is easy and there are many free online games. No one needs a roll of quarters to play, but they need a computer. The popularity of playing games online has generated thousands of sites devoted to this hugely successful pastime. You can even find numerous places to play retro arcade games online.

The variations on game themes provides something for all to get into and have fun. Maybe you like adventure, mystery, sharp shooting, racing, city building, puzzles, boxing, wrestling which are some of the many types of online games available.

Games started out as board games and cards, went to arcade, role playing, video, and online; it is truly an evolution in the nature of games that has happened. We can't really foresee what direction this evolution may take next. For those who liked stories the first role playing games that were board games gave them an outlet for their imaginations and even acting abilities that could be discharged at home with other role playing friends; this included dressing up like your character.

On thing is for sure, the evolution of games for those that like to play games has taken some unimagined twists and turns and online games aren't going to vanish for quite some time. The sheer amount of people that play games has increased with the newer technology that lets those designing games put complex plots in games and other fascinating bells and whistles that gamers enjoy. Just like arcade games became a fact of life so have online games.

 


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