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Dear visitor, welcome to Gaming-History (formerly known as Arcade-History), a highly optimised (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 softwares, and all other sorts of electronic games.

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, 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... You can also read an article about the history of online casino bonuses. If you are not into historic patterns and rather see the latest, visit NewCasinosOnline.com. They are usually first with new online casino brands being released and got GEO-IP targeting so it's relevant for most visitors.

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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.

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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 softwares), 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.

The History.dat for MAME

The MAME History.dat 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.

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.

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Last games added/updated:

Virtual Hiryuu no Ken [Model SLPM-80110] Sony PlayStation disc
Virtual Hiryuu no Ken [Model SLPS-00338] Sony PlayStation disc
SD Hiryuu no Ken [Model SHVC-HL] Nintendo Super Famicom cart.
SD Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden [Model DMG-AHGJ-JPN] Nintendo Game Boy Cart.
SD Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden 2 [Model DMG-AHVJ-JPN] Nintendo Game Boy Cart.
SD Hiryuu no Ken EX [Model DMG-AUXJ-JPN] Nintendo Game Boy Color cart.
SD Hiryuu no Ken Densetsu [Model NUS-NDCJ-JPN] Nintendo 64 cart.
Hiryuu no Ken Twin [Model NUS-NHKJ-JPN] Nintendo 64 cart.
Hiryuu no Ken Special - Fighting Wars [Model CBF-4N] Nintendo Famicom cart.
Hiryuu no Ken S - Hyper Version [Model SHVC-HP] Nintendo Super Famicom cart.
Hiryuu no Ken S - Golden Fighter [Model SHVC-HK] Nintendo Super Famicom cart.
Hiryuu no Ken III - 5 Nin no Ryuu Senshi [Model CBF-3H] Nintendo Famicom cart.
Hiryuu no Ken II - Dragon no Tsubasa [Model CBF-H2] Nintendo Famicom cart.
Hiryuu no Ken Gaiden [Model DMG-HRJ] Nintendo Game Boy Cart.
Hiryuu no Ken - Retsuden GB [Model CGB-BKEJ-JPN] Nintendo Game Boy Color cart.
Rayforce Taito F3 cart.
Ray Storm Arcade Video game
Puzzle Bobble 3 Taito F3 cart.
Psychic Force Arcade Video game
LED Storm Arcade Video game
Densha De Go! EX Arcade Video game
Densha De Go! Arcade Video game
Wild Arms [Model SCUS-94608] Sony PlayStation disc
1943 Kai - Midway Kaisen Arcade Video game
Wizard's Harmony R [Model SLPS-01716] Sony PlayStation disc
Wizardry - Dimguil [Model SLPS-02691] Sony PlayStation disc
SuperLite Gold Series: Wizardry - New Age of Llylgamyn [Model SLPM-86878] Sony PlayStation disc
Wizardry - New Age of Llylgamyn [Model SLPS-02349] Sony PlayStation disc
Wizardry Empire - Inishie no Oujo [Model SLPM-86909] Sony PlayStation disc
Wizardry Empire - Inishie no Oujo [Model SLPM-86689] Sony PlayStation disc

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