Arcade Heroes 4. 0 Years Of Arcade Games - Part 1 (1. The game that really got the ball rolling, PONG–1. GOTCHA – First maze game, first controversial game (the original “boob” controllers”), First color game (was released in both B& W and Color). Pong Doubles – First 4 player game–1. Tank – Most successful game of the year that saved Atari from closing down in the face of all the Pong clones out there. Gran Trak 1. 0 – First driving game ever.
I had always thought that Tank! Games didn’t have the capacity for AI really so most were two player titles. You could also argue that this was the first “first- person” game.
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This is a list of the more memorable games for computers. I am not looking for ARCADE GAMES. This list is for games that were strictly for computer users. Best PC games reviewed and awarded Editors' Choice by the editors at IGN. Find out the top games. Today is Atari’s 40th Anniversary which also marks a good time to look over 40 years of arcade games in general. What is your favorite arcade game and why?
One On One – By a shortlived company called PMC. First basketball game, first to use “ball- top” joystick controllers. I have never understood why anyone thought burnt orange was “brilliant color” back in the 7. Fewer Pong clones overall, more original ideas coming to fruition.
This was the game that spurred its author Will Wright to become embroiled in all those Sim games. Although Wrights first commercial title, Raid On Bungeling Bay was.
Gun Fight – First CPU- powered game, which gave the public a first chance to use a CPU- powered device, without them realizing it. This was actually a Taito game licensed for use in the States under Midway, the Japanese version of the game called Western Gun did not use a CPU but the logic chips most games were using at the time. This year was the first time movies would start influencing games, in particular JAWS. Atari made an unlicensed Jaws game called Shark JAWS but the way they made the title made it look like it was an actual JAWS game. Also was Maneater by Project Support Engineering, notable for it’s awesome cabinet (but lousy game). You have to love the “Realistic .
US Billiards also made a title called SHARK, which used a maze concept for four players. SKI – It was also the first year arcades began to dabble with simulator type games, such as with Allied’s SKI. Also that same year Allied released a vertical scrolling tank game called Fire Power that used a joystick and throttle, something that would become common in arcades much further down the road. Hi- Way – The first sit- down driving game, by Atari.
Indy 8. 00 – 4 players? Indy 8. 00 brought the joy of playing together in groups of eight, which when crammed around a single cabinet feels like massive multiplayer gaming. Players had their own controls, even a horn. The game also sported a 2.
This game cost $6. Dollar. Times. com.
I guess I can’t complain too much about games which are about $7. Sega decided to lay off the Pong- A- Bee clones in ’7. Bullet Mark. This is back from when they would use real, but hollowed out/disabled guns in the games. Super Flipper – Now that’s video pinball (by Chicago Coin)! They had to point out that it could be operated anywhere as there were still areas that banned mechanical pinball machines at the time.–1. Mic One More Chance Download. Breakout – One of the more famous titles to come out this year, with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s hands in its creation.
Sea Wolf – The advent of the CPU allowed for more complex games to hit the market. This meant that concepts tackled with electro- mechanical games could be done with video now. Sega had made a game in the 6. Periscope and now Midway tried the idea with Sea Wolf.
Heavyweight Champ – Relatively unknown Sega game that was the first one- on- one fighting game to hit the market. It used some unique controllers that allowed for high and low punches and large detailed characters on the screen which was pretty unusual at the time. This year a new idea appeared that would catch fire among arcade manufacturers. That would be the light- cycle/snake type game.
Companies that would jump in to this(its not clear who was first): Ramtek (Barrier), Meadows (Bigfoot Bonkers), and Gremlin (Blockade). A year later Midway created Checkmate, Atari did Dominos, Sega did Crash Course, Gremlin did another called Comotion.
Midway’s title is the most interesting and advanced; While Ramtek’s Barrier had 4 player play, Checkmate’s single player allowed you to play against 3 CPU opponents which was new. It was the first game to have instant replay, it had music, and it was the first game I have seen to use commentary similar to what you would find in first person shooters many years later, such as “Player 2 meets his maker” or “Player 1 pronounced dead” when they die. Atari and Midway unveiled their concepts in this genre at the same trade show, with Night Driver and 2. ZZZAP respectively.
Death Race – Video games avoided controversy for a while after Gotcha, until Exidy put themselves on the map with Death Race. Cops N’ Robbers – First game to use angled glass to create a depth effect with the cabinet, which was borrowed from electromechanical games. This would be used in many games afterwards, proving to be an effect arcades could pull off best since the only way to do it at home would be to build your own arcade cabinet. Amazing Maze – Among Midway’s first forays into non- Pong clones. Over a million maze combinations gave it replay value but its important contribution to games digital music was a bit of a turn off. Not the best example of music but it was early tech.
Games. Welcome to 1. Back in early 8. 0s, also known as the golden age of arcade video games, most games were coin operated arcades installed alongside mechanical pinball machines. Of course, now, no tokens are required to relive and play these classic games! Following the fame of the classic arcades, in 1. Nintendo released the NES 8 bit system, the best selling game console of its time.
This set the precedent for future gaming consoles, and built up the momentum and the foundation of the games of later decades. All games have been recreated in flash and java and are playable in your browser, so enjoy playing and have fun!