Arcade Game History
The following are examples of culturally
or technologically significant arcade games. For more detailed
information, check out Videotopia - history of mankind's first interactive media
Nutting Associates, 1971
Designed by Nolan Bushnell, Computer Space
was the first commercial arcade videogame.
The first blockbuster videogame. Space
Invaders was the first game to appear outside of arcades and
bars and reach a mainstream audience in places like restaurants
and ice-cream parlors.
Licensed from the company Namco, Pac-Man
was based on an ancient Japanese folk-tale. The game was so successful
in Japan that it actually caused a Yen shortage. Pac-Man also
took America by storm, appearing on the cover of Time Magazine
as well as spawning a Saturday-morning cartoon and a hit song.
Created by Rick Dyer and animated by Don
Bluth, Dragon's Lair was an interactive film that became the
first released game to utilize laser disc technology. Dragon's
Lair's visuals fascinated all who saw it, and the game achieved
an immortality that no other laser disc game was able to match.
Utilizing the sweeping virtual "camera"
movements, smooth animations, and multiple camera angles developed
in its predecessor Virtua Racing, Daytona USA introduced the
world to games that truly began to look and feel like reality.
The game also perfected the art of the multi-player experience
as up to 4 Daytona "twin" cabinets could be linked
together to enable as many as 8 people to participate in the
same game. Daytona completely redefined the racing genre with
its spectacular graphics and real-world physics.
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