If you remember iconic arcade games and are feeling nostalgic about them, you certainly do not need any introduction to this type of entertainment. Yet, even if you have never come across arcade games, but you are interested in gaming and technology, you might be interested in learning about this classic type of games and this article will definitely help you to do it!
The culture of playing arcade games
There were times when playing games was not just playing games but it was the unique time when you would feel like the king of the zone or the most embarrassed loser walking out in rage or walking out to come back to become much more skilful next time. This was not playing your home console where it were just you and your siblings or neighbours playing together. Rather, this was the time when you were able to play in a wide or small shop called an arcade game store. This was the heaven and most rewarding place to be for any gamer of the past time. To the side note, this was also a pretty scary place since there was almost every kind of people of various ages hanging around, from the good guys to bullies and teen gangs. Yet, kids of all ages still would go there. There were a strange kind attraction you would feel in such arcade game store.
It was also the place where people of all ages spent a lot of money regardless of their income.
What were classic arcade games?
An arcade game was something you could play by putting in coins that either you had to buy or directly drop in the coins to get started from the place where you died or reached any other notable point of the game. So, since there was money involved, you could not afford to be careless at all. In the worst case scenarios, the game shop owners would deliberately increase the level of gameplay setting it to the expert mode or as high as possible based on the skills of the crowd visiting their store. It was a hectic business for them and it could become a way more challenging for the players than it was supposed to be. As a result, players would have to spend hours and money into it to excel at those games.
The design of a classic arcade game
An arcade game was basically a huge gaming box with an built-in controller and a television screen that reflected the game on the mirror or placed its image directly without a mirror. Most of the arcade games you could play had been designed for 2 players to up to 5 players depending on its particular functionality and gameplay. Arcade games were also called coin-op-games which is basically a fancy term for a coin-operated game.
Where could you play an arcade game?
Retro arcade games were most often placed in public places such as shopping malls, restaurants, bars as well as amusement arcades. An amusement arcade was basically the place where numerous arcade games resided and players of all ages gathered. As you can imagine or have experienced yourself, this was one of the most iconic and classic place to be.