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Dear visitor, welcome to Gaming-History (formerly known as Arcade-History), a large searchable & comprehensive database which provides a WIP list of known antique & modern, rare, prototype, non-released and released games from all over the world, including arcade games, coin-operated games (like slot machines), console video games, computer softwares, and all other sorts of electronic games.

The arcade games, a coin-operated machine

An arcade game is a coin-operated (but also bill-operated or card-operated) entertainment machine, usually installed in public businesses such as restaurants, public houses, arcades... Most arcade games are: coin-operated video games, redemption games, pinballs, casino games including slot machines, pachislots, pachinkos. Also bat games, bingos, gun games, bowlers/shuffle alleys, jukeboxes, musical instruments, trade stimulators, fortune tellers, strength testers, kiddie rides, allwins, working models, vending machines, pool tables, viewers, shockers, scales & more...

In addition to restaurants and arcades, arcade games were also found in bowling alleys, college campuses, dormitories, laundromats, movie theaters, supermarkets, shopping malls, airports, truck stops, bar/pubs, hotels, and even bakeries. In short, coin-operated arcade games are popular in places open to the public where people are likely to have free time.

First popular arcade games were early amusement park games such as shooting galleries, ball toss games, also earliest coin-operated machines, such as fortune tellers, strength testers or played mechanical musics. More modern gaming has been lead towards the popularity of online games and the popular casino games on offer, however if you are looking to take a trip back in to the history of gaming.

Arcade video games are often composed of short levels, intuitive control mechanisms with a rising difficulty. This is the main concept of an arcade video game in which the player is essentially obliged to pay to maintain the play. An arcade game has, as its main feature, the impossibility for the player to win. "The game ends invariably to overwhelm the player, by becoming unplayable, and overcome by saturating the capacity of the player. An arcade video game is based on the fundamental principle of the player's overflow by the game". A console or computer game can be considered as an arcade game if this game shares same qualities (or if the game is a direct port of the original arcade title).

The video games, our childhood's passion...

A video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display device, but it now implies any type of display device that can produce two- or three-dimensional images. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers (computer softwares), consoles (console video games). These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices.

The history of video games goes as far back as the early 1950s, when academics began designing simple games, simulations, and artificial intelligence programs as part of their computer science research. Video gaming would not reach mainstream popularity until the 1970s and 1980s, when arcade video games, gaming consoles and home computer games were introduced to the general public. Since then, video gaming has become a popular form of entertainment, a part of modern culture in most parts of the world.

A word about "Coin-Op Boy"

Gaming-History is also the home of Coin-Op Boy: a video game developed here and playable online for free. In this game, you are a small boy that want play video games and casino games like us back in the days... The game is continually in work in progress, the main goal is to add many games inside the game.


Last games updated:

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Psychic Force
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The New Zealand Story
Wacky Gator
Formation Z
Final Fight Revenge
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The Typing of the Dead
Tank II
Sweet Hearts II
Sengoku Ace
Ripper Ribbit
Party Gras
10's or Better [Las Vegas Rio]
10's or Better
Magic Garden
Margarita Magic
Koala Mint
Karate Blazers
Initial D Arcade Stage Ver. 3 [GDS-0032B]
Golden Pyramids
Super Galaxians
Forgotten Worlds [B-Board 88621B-2]
Cherry Master '99

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