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Thursday, May 5, 2016

songbird loves the 80's: video arcades

So I was in a local store a few days ago, and I spotted it:  a video arcade machine, "Donkey Kong" displayed on its screen.  The machine described the game as a "classic".

Yes, the video games from the 1980's are now "classics". 

Arcades had been around for awhile, but in the 80's the video arcade took hold.  In addition to offering traditional games like pin ball, these new arcades offered up "Donkey Kong", "Asteroids", "Space Invaders", "Centipede", and several different versions of "Pacman".   Back then, home systems, like Atari, were very expensive, so the video arcade was the only option for most people. You'd bring quarters and kill time playing countless hours of your favorite games.

The phenomenon was so widespread that they even wrote a song about it:


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