You can pay a flat rate for a day of unlimited gaming on the 35 different arcade games. While laserdisc games were usually either shooter games with full-motion video backdrops like Astron Belt or interactive movies like Dragon’s Lair, Data East ‘s 1983 game Bega’s Battle introduced a new form of video game storytelling: using brief full-motion old fashioned typewriter video cutscenes to develop a story between the game’s shooting stages, which would years later become the standard approach to video game storytelling.
The most successful arcade game companies of this era included Taito (which ushered in the golden age with the shooter game Space Invaders 4 and produced other successful arcade action games such as Gun Fight and Jungle King ), Namco (the Japanese company that created Galaxian, Pac-Man, Pole Position and Dig Dug ) and Atari (the company that introduced video games into arcades with Computer Space and Pong, and later produced Asteroids).
Huie, who likes to share the 12 arcade games he has at home with his 12- and 14-year-old sons, said he is impressed with the growth of California Extreme – which had several thousand visitors this year – and with the growth in the support companies that have sprung up to sell spare parts, even manufacturing hard-to-find parts anew.
It’s not surprising, Adler said, given that the return of arcade popularity was spawned by another documentary about gaming dominance: 2007’s The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which pitted Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe against one another for Donkey Kong dominance.
For example, mechanical target-shooter gun games were being manufactured by the end of the 19th century, and duck hunting became a theme early on. A company called Seeburg made an electric duck-shooting arcade game in 1936, and Sega made an electromechanical version in 1969.