Please raise your hand if you weened your video game playing skills at the arcade in the 1970s?
Thought so. In the early 1970s, you had to go to the arcade for the good games. Home video games were far behind. Grab your quarters, hop on your bike and waste a few hours having the time of your life bouncing a square “ball” that is a few pixels off a rectangle that you control.
Now that’s real gaming.
I’m not going to act like you should play these games all day because you are a video game purist or something. Compared to games in the ’80s, these games are very basic and child-like.
But the fun wasn’t confined to the arcade. There was a revolution going on in the household as well. Suddenly, people had a whole new option when it came to home entertainment.
People of all ages and pay grades were getting in on the fun. Game systems weren’t overly expensive. The average console was about $100 ($400 in today’s money), so the average middle class family could afford it.
Many folks thought it would be a fad, that video games would pass because, honestly, they weren’t that much fun to play. Few could have predicted that it was a start of something that would change everything.
Top Ten 1970s Arcade Games
- Space Invaders
- Asteroids Breakout
- Computer Space
- Death Race
- Lunar Lander
- Star Raiders
List of 1970s Video Games
1971 — Galaxy Game, Computer Space, Empire, Star Trek, The Oregon Trail, Baseball
1972 — Pong, Hunt the Wumpus, Star Trek ; launch of Magnavox Odyssey
1973 — Gotcha, Space Race; BASIC Computer Games book
1974 — Tank, Maze War, Spasim, Gran Trak 10, Speed Race
1975 — Colossal Cave Adventure, Gun Fight, Indy 800, dnd, pedit5; launch of Magnavox Odyssey Series
1976 — Artillery, Breakout, Blockade, Death Race, Sea Wolf, Night Driver, Sprint 2, Microchess; launch of Coleco Telstar and Fairchild Channel F
1977 — Empire, Combat, Space Wars, Super Bug, Zork; launch of Apple II, Atari 2600, Bally Astrocade, Color TV Game, Commodore PET, Compucolor II, and TRS-80 Model I
1978 — Space Invaders, Atari Football, Beneath Apple Manor, MUD1; launch of Magnavox Odyssey and Exidy Sorcerer
1979 — Galaxian, Asteroids, Head On, Adventure, Star Raiders, FS1 Flight Simulator, Temple of Apshai, Lemonade Stand; launch of Atari 400/800, Intellivision, and Microvision
List of 1970s Video Game Consoles
Telstar (Telstar, Classic, Deluxe, Ranger, Alpha, Colormatic, Regent, Sportsman)
Radio Shack TV Scoreboard
Philips Tele-Spiel ES2203 and ES2204
Videomaster (Strika, Strika 2,ColourScore 2, SuperScore)
APF TV Fun (Model 401)
Philips Tele-Spiel ES2218
Philco/Ford Telejogo II
Philips Tele-Spiel ES2208
Commodore TV Game 2000K/3000H and Colorsport VIII
Philips Odyssey 2001
Videomaster (ColourScore, VisionScore, ColourShot)
Philips Odyssey 2100
Indy 500 system (Video Action 4)
Sears/Atari Speedway e Speedway IV
Interton Video 2800
MBO Tele-Ball VIII
Ricochet Super Pro (modello MT-4A)
Venture Electronics Video Sports VS-5
Atari PONG Doubles
Sears PONG IV
Atari/Sears Super PONG
Atari Super PONG Ten
Atari Video Pinball
Color TV Game 6
Color TV Game 15