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5 Arcade Games That Changed Video Games

Posted on September 10, 2012 AT 05:47pm

Surely, this will be a very controversial subject as we look at five arcade games that changed gaming. It’s hard to say what game changed the gaming industry more than the others. Gamers can say that all these games had an astounding affect on games as we know it today.

First honorable mentions go out to Space Invaders, Virtua Fighter, and Mortal Kombat. Space Invaders , in 1978 , took Japan by storm around the same time Star Wars was hitting Japanese cinemas. This game brought forth the idea for games like Galaxian and Galaga. Virtua Fighter was the first fighting game to bring 3D to fighting franchises. Mortal Kombat was probably the first most violent , bloody game in history not just between the fighting game genre.


1.) Pac-Man
So, how about the 1980? Pac-man made history when shooting games in space ruled the gaming market. Pac-Man was so popular that it began to take forth a household name. It would later have an animated TV series, a top-ten music single, and loads of merchandise for gamers and fans alike. Pac-Man made the world realize just how far video games and its characters could go in business and television.

Donkey Kong

2.) Donkey Kong
About a year or so later, a game came out that basically was the foundation that made Nintendo the great gaming company that they are today. Donkey Kong gave Mario his first appearance. Mario in Donkey Kong wore the name of Jumpman. This title was very different  at that time for what was on the market. Nintendo adventured out at standing  among a market of Space Invader clones and it worked out very well. It was the first game to feature a story with movie like cut scenes and the soon to be done over and over “rescue the girl” scenario.


3.) Contra
Who doesn’t remember the classic game that took arcades by storm and homes by storm embracing gamers with the code of “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start” embedded in their mines forever. It was a classic game that allowed gamers to co-op with a friend and blast your way to save the world from an alien invasion. The game also featured some 3D mazes and power-ups that was built like no other games in its time. Contra ushered a wave of multi-player shooting games that are now domination consoles and computers.

Street Fighter II

4.) Street Fighter II
Gamers cannot mention arcade games that revolutionized history without mentioning Street Fighter II. This game took a lot of inspiration from Kung-fu movies. This game was very competitive back then and still is played today in remade hi-definition versions online in various conventions. It was the first to dawn cool moves, catchy voice over quotes (“Shoryuken!”) from cool characters. The game required skill, speed and strategy. This game success was the reason arcade games was dominated by fighting games in the 1990s. It also begun of chain of rival fighting brawlers such as SNK’s King of Fighters. It was the first game that when it arrived to console has a special controller to give the player an arcade feel.

Dance Dance Revolution The Start Of Music & Interactive Gaming

5.) Dance Dance Revolution
This game pioneered the usage of game and dance , previously known as Dancing Stage in Europe and Australia. The gameplay focused on players stepping on corresponding arrows as they appear on the screen and the beat while standing on a dance platform. The player is graded on their accuracy of streaked notes. The franchise lives today even more so with the introduction of motion sensor peripherals such as Playstation Move, Nintendo Wii, & Microsoft’s Kinect. This game was the beginning for interactive gameplay with the gamer themselves actual trying to reenact what they see on the screen.

There are many arcade games that changed gaming today but these arcade games are some of the most influential ones that come to mind. What other arcade games do you think changed the gaming industry?

Being a fan of video games, since introduced to him by his brother looking at Combat and Pac-Man on the Atari. AntDaGamer has been in touch with video games, art, and technology. Grasping his hands around several video game related websites and communities such as TGN, GameOn,, Youtube, and his own site AntDaGamer.Com. Ant has managed to find contacts in the industry and show he has a passion to do anything video game related.

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