June 23, 2021
If you are of a certain age (born in the 70s, 80s or 90s) you’ll probably be looking at life in forward – what are you going to do with the rest of your life – and reverse, reflecting on all things that have brought you to where you are today.
A large part of our youth was playing or watching someone else play video games. This was the era that changed everything – one minute we were playing swing ball and board games, the next playing SPACE INVADERS, PAC-MAN, DEFENDER… WOW! What an overnight jump!
When Space Invaders hit the UK it was jaw dropping. It was virtually impossible to get on a machine. Whether in an arcade, sweet shop, leisure centre, pub – wherever, unless you got there at opening you were side lined to watching that kid who was always better than you take the glory. Many an hour was wasted watching how many credits remained in the machine until your go – and then you had waited that long you wanted to make it a good one, and I remember the devastation when I eventually got on and the disappointment when I lost my first life in the first 20 seconds!!!
The designers from this era were brilliant, not just with game design but in that they got EVERYTHING right.
The cabinets looked amazing – just look at the artwork on them! Yes, we call it artwork and without doubt every cabinet from Space Invaders to Donkey Kong was a work of art - loud, brash, cool and enticing – you couldn’t walk past without being tempted. And if there was a crowd around a machine (if that’s not intriguing enough) they installed huge speakers with kick-ass bass so if you were around the corner the sounds of gun blasts of Invaders or the whirring of the chasing ghosts in Pac-Man drew you in. And once in front of the machine – the beautiful artwork, the illuminated marquee and at just 10p per go you had to try … and you were hooked.
You didn’t really notice (or mind) at the time, but the games were highly addictive and ate those 10p’s like Pac-Man munches dots. Each game had a hi-score to keep the better players competing, and most games had ‘waves’ or screens – each one taking the player to another level with a different level of difficulty or reward (like Pac-man has different fruits and symbols for each screen you clear) – all these were a talking point. Getting to a bonus screen on Street Fighter or Galaga or seeing Pac-Man 10 times normal size chasing ghosts were all a clever ploy to keep you spending – and yes, we we’re very happy to do so – 41 years on from taking its first coin, Pan-Man franchise brand is worth in excess of $20billion and its estimated it generated $2.5 billion from coins alone.
So how do you get the WOW feeling like you did back in the day? You won’t find any classic games in leisure centres, pubs or sweet shops – and you don’t want to be hanging around in sweet shops at your age anyway! – but you CAN relive all those moments with your mates from your home.
Home entertaining is back – and people have invested millions across the UK building Man Caves, Home Bars, Garden Rooms etc. and, in our opinion, they are not complete without – you guessed it – a Retro gaming machine.
But to get that feeling and make your mates go WOW – you need to have ALL of the WOW factor of the old games.
Only one Arcade Machine manufacturer only builds full size machines to the old school spec with all the premium features as standard ... if you want that old school WOW factor, it has to be Arcade WOW!
Check out Arcade WOW's machines here:
Pac-Man Arcade Machine for sale
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