The Games We Loved to Play

I remember going to the local arcade and running around like a maniac. I took my quarters and spent hours enjoying the flashing lights and incredibly loud noises. Here are some of the great games we loved to play:

Space Invaders- released in 1978 by Bally-Midway. This was one of my favorites! I would love to get this game in my basement! =D

Asteroids- released in 1979 by Atari. This was fun to play too! The graphics and noises make me smile! =D

Centipede- released in 1980 by Atari. I played this one A LOT! Fun! Fun! Fun! =D

Pac Man- released in 1980 by Namco/Midway. My absolute favorite game! I actually beat this one on my Atari game system at home. I would love to have this in my basement as well. =D

Couldn’t resist!

Ms. Pac Man- released in 1981 by Bally/Midway/Namco. Pac-Man was my favorite, but this was a close second! I loved the maze type games. They kept me occupied for hours. I know my parents enjoyed that part… =D

Galaga- released in 1981 by Namco, Midway. I played this one too! =D

Donkey Kong- released in 1981 by Nintendo. This was always a blast to play. Who didn’t want to get Mario to his princess?

Frogger- released in 1981 by Sega/Gremlin. LOVED THIS GAME!! Lots of quarters went into this game. I remember doing this in the streets with my friends. If you were an 80s kid, I bet you tried it at least once. I wouldn’t dare do it now. LOL

Tempest- released in 1981 by Atari

Pole Position- released in 1982 by Namco, Atari.

Tron- released in 1982 by Bally Midway.

Mario Bros.- released in 1983 by Nintendo.

Dragon’s Lair- released in 1983 by Cinematronics.

Researching these video games brought back so many fond memories. We didn’t have the fancy graphics and things like they have today, but we did have great imaginations and creativity. Sometimes the simple things in life are best. I wish the old arcades would come back. I see the leg warmers have… maybe there is hope…

What was your favorite game? Do you have a fun story to go with it?

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Sophie Grumble

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