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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 give 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 are 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 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.

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Last games added/updated:

Marvel vs. Capcom - Clash of Super Heroes [Green Board] Capcom CPS-II cart.
Panic Park Arcade Video game
Bubble Trouble - Golly! Ghost! 2 Arcade Video game
Twinbee Paradise in Donburi Shima IBM PC/AT WIN CD
Domino Man [Model 316] Arcade Video game
Dirt Dash Arcade Video game
Desert War Arcade Video game
Darwin 4078 Arcade Video game
Dangerous Seed Arcade Video game
Daioh Arcade Video game
Cyber Sled Arcade Video game
Cybattler Arcade Video game
Galivan - Cosmo Police Arcade Video game
Cosmo Gang - The Video Arcade Video game
Captain Silver Arcade Video game
Moons of Tantalus [Model CS01/84] Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
Monty on the Run Sinclair ZX Spectrum cass.
6-X [10P/20P ver.] [Release 3] Fruit Machine
Time Bandit Fruit Machine
Sunburst [10p. ver.] Fruit Machine
6-X [20P ver.] [Release 3] Fruit Machine
Shop Window [10P ver.] [Release 2] Fruit Machine
Red Hot Mazooma Belle [10P. ver.] Fruit Machine
Reno Reels [20P ver.] [Release A] Fruit Machine
Reno Casino Fruit Machine
Red Hot Poker [20P/10P ver.] [Release 3] Fruit Machine
Prize Tetris Fruit Machine
Over Moon Pt.3 Fruit Machine
Monte Carlo or Bust [S/Site Standard ver.] [Release D] Fruit Machine
Megabucks Poker Fruit Machine

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