My Top Ten Picks for the Best Eighties Arcade Games
- Donkey Kong
- Ms. Pac-Man
- Space Invaders
What makes me an expert?? I am a child of the eighties. Yes hair and all! In my teens we lived in an apartment building that had a game room and I spent A LOT of time playing arcade games. The above 10 games are my all time favorites. What were some of your favorites? I can not tell you how many late nights my brother and I spent in that game room playing games over and over. We were pro’s!
I still have a great love for all of these games. We recently found a really cool arcade here in New Jersey that features all eighties arcade games. We LOVE going there and playing all of our favorites. My kids love going and playing all of our childhood favorite games. Yes my kids, the ones that are addicted to their Playstation’s and Xbox’s, LOVE going to this arcade. Up until that point they had never really experienced anything like an arcade. They had never played video games with other kids in this type of environment vs online. Never experienced the whole atmosphere. The music. The screams of excitement. The high fives. The rivalry. The camaraderie.
During our interview of the cast of Pixels, Adam Sandler describes the joys of going to the arcades back in our days.
Adam says. When I was I don’t know, 10,11,12 arcades were a big deal. You got to go, there were girls there, you got some food, there were tough kids you tried to avoid. And I remember you got to take the bus, ours was downtown and was called The Electric Dream Factory, the same as in the movie. Your parents gave you $1, you could get to play 1 game for a quarter and have .75 cents to spend on a McDonalds hamburger. Or you played 4 games and had nothing to eat.
Here I am playing one of my favorites at Dave & Busters Times Square before interviewing Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monoghan, Josh Gad and the director/producer Chris Columbus. (Please read my interview post, you will fall in love with them all just like I did)
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.
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