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Dear visitor, welcome to Gaming-History (formerly known as Arcade-History), a highly optimized (fast loading) website featuring a large searchable & comprehensive database which provides an accurate (WIP) list of known antique & modern games from all over the world, including arcade video games, coin-operated games (like slot machines), console video games, computer software, and all other sorts of electronic games.

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The arcade game, a coin-operated machine

An arcade game is a coin-operated (but sometimes 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, pokie machines or pokies, online casino, pachislots, pachinkos. Also bat games, bingos, gun games, bowlers/shuffle alleys, jukeboxes, trade stimulators, strength testers, kiddie rides, allwins, working models, pool tables, viewers, shockers & more... If you are interested in reading more about arcade games or other slot machines we strongly suggest you to visit CasinoAdvisers, or a good website for people searching for Swedish no account casinos is Casinoutankonto, which only feature sites that don't require a registration process.

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 music.

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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).

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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 software), consoles (console video games). These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices.

In most recent times there has been huge growth in mobile gaming with more readily available portable devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

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.
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The History.xml for MAME

The MAME History.xml is a file that gives you access to all trivia, facts, tips and others for your favorite games and machines in your favorite gui/frontend, including the official one. It serves information for MAME games, machines and software lists in the Info tab. The information is extracted from our database one or two times a month.

Non-game software, a part of the computing history

As MAME, our website is also listing application software since they are a great part of the computing history. You can easily browse them by selecting the Software/Hardware/Non-game option in the database search engine.
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A word about our video game: "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 who wants to play video games and casino games like us back in the days... The game is a continually work in progress, the main goal is to add many games inside the game.


Last games added/updated:

Grand Theft Auto [Model SLUS-00106] Sony PlayStation CD
Fantastic Pinball Kyuutenkai [Model T-1801G] Sega Saturn CD
Fantastic Pinball Kyuutenkai [Model SLPS-00031] Sony PlayStation CD
LEGO Island 2 - The Brickster's Revenge [Model SLUS-01246] Sony PlayStation CD
LEGO Racers [Model SLUS-00581] Sony PlayStation CD
LEGO Rock Raiders [Model SLUS-00937] Sony PlayStation CD
Ready Maid [Model SLPM-87157] Sony PlayStation CD
Lagnacure [Model SLPS-01009] Sony PlayStation CD
Lalala PlayStation Trial Disk 1998 Summer [Model PAPX-90052] Sony PlayStation CD
The Land Before Time - Return to the Great Valley [Model SLUS-01043] Sony PlayStation CD
Vindicators [Model 362-X] Atari ST disk.
Vindicators [Model 611-4] Commodore C64 cart.
Vindicators [Model 356-5] Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
Vindicators [Model 361-1] Amstrad CPC 464 disk.
Virtual Worlds Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
Virtual Worlds Amstrad CPC 464 disk.
Wheels of Fire Amstrad CPC 464 disk.
Wheels of Fire Sinclair ZX Spectrum+3 disk.
Xybots [Model SK056] Sinclair ZX Spectrum+3 disk.
Xybots [Model AM 529] Amstrad CPC cass.
Xybots Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
Xybots Atari ST disk.
Xybots Amstrad CPC 464 disk.
Xybots Sinclair ZX Spectrum+3 disk.
Xybots MSX cass.
Xybots Commodore Amiga 500 disk.
Xybots Nintendo NES cart.
Arcade Collection 27: Xybots Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
Xybots [Model 386-7] Commodore C64 disk.
Xybots [Model 385-9] Commodore C64 cass.

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