The coin-op & gaming museum...

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, console video games, computer softwares and, 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, and arcades. Most arcade games are: coin-operated video games, redemption games, pinballs, casino games including slot machines / pachislots and 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.

The first popular arcade games were early amusement park games such as shooting galleries, ball toss games, and the 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 and 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. The 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. The 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 the 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) and 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 and 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 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.

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What's new:

Thanks to a bad MySql manipulation, we lost every Japanese-character titles (kanji), replaced by ??????? in description. I have to re-add manually nearly 700 Japanese titles. I'm starting with A. If someone can help starting with Z. This should be greatly appreciated :) Here is the list of games that need an update as of this writing.

Dec. 10: new COIN-OP-BOY updated to 3.2. See Changelog for more information.

OCT. 16: new History.dat 1.56 for MAME/MESS 0.156 released

NOV. 07: COIN-OP-BOY updated to 3.1.

OCT. 16: History.dat 1.55 for MAME, MESS and UME 0.155 available.

AUG. 02: History.dat 1.54c available, Atari Lynx and Jaguar softwares list information added. See info for Tempest 2000 in action.

JUL. 30: History.dat 1.54b is here, most of the Intellivision softwares list served.

JUL. 26: History.dat 1.54a available: vectrex softwares list added. Many a5200 and some a7800 softwares information added.

JUL. 23: History.dat 1.54 for MAME, MESS and UME 0.154 released.

JUL. 17: History.dat 1.53a released, many information for the Atari 2600 software list added.

JUNE 23: COIN-OP-BOY updated to 3.0.

APR. 24: COIN-OP-BOY updated to 2.8. This update includes the new Achievements system.

APR. 10: History.dat 1.53 available. Also, COIN-OP-BOY updated to 2.6 with the addition of a new arcade game: Clay Shooting.

MAR. 04: COIN-OP-BOY updated to 1.9. New arcade game: SHARK.

FEB. 07: COIN-OP-BOY 1.5. A new VIDEO POKER "Jacks or Better" available at the Casino. A Pachinko Parlor added!. Please refresh COIN-OP BOY by pushing F5 eight times ingame in the hope to see the new version on your browser.

JAN. 27: COIN-OP-BOY updated to 1.3. A fully working Fortune Teller was added in the Arcade.

JAN. 01: History.dat 1.52 for MAME, MESS and UME 0.152.

Last games updated:

Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [PAL]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [NTSC]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [Model DOL-GMKP-EUR]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [Model DOL-GMKE-USA]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [Model SLUS-20423GH]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [Model SLES-50717]
Mortal Kombat - Deadly Alliance [Model SLUS-20423]
Mortal Kombat Advance [Model AGB-AM5E-USA]
Mortal Kombat - Special Forces [Model SLES-02338]
Mortal Kombat - Special Forces [Model SLUS-00824]
SUB-ZERO - Mortal Kombat Mythologies [Model SLES-01020]
SUB-ZERO - Mortal Kombat Mythologies [Model SLUS-00476]
SUB-ZERO - Mortal Kombat Mythologies [Model NUS-NMYP-EUR]
SUB-ZERO - Mortal Kombat Mythologies [Model NUS-NMYE-USA]
Mortal Kombat Trilogy [Model NUS-NMKP-EUR]
Mortal Kombat Trilogy [Model NUS-NMKE-USA]
Mortal Kombat Trilogy [Model SLPS-00791]
Mortal Kombat Trilogy [Model SLES-00528]
Mortal Kombat Trilogy [Model SLUS-00330]
Space Firebird [Cocktail Table model]
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