Arcade games are where it all started. Back in the late 70′s and early 80′s, when video games were in their infancy, the most popular way to play games was in a video arcade (hence the name).
Games quickly moved into the living room, popularized by the Atari 2600 games console, which took off in popularity in 1980, but arcade games continued to attract gamers to their often sleazy venues for another 10 years, by offering higher quality hardware and better gaming experiences.
When this divide in technical capability was bridged, in the early 90′s, the game was up for arcades. But the titles that created such a buzz – Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Dig Dug and Star Wars to name a few… continue to live on in name.