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5 Most Played Arcade Games

Arcade games and arcade centers have become the stuff of nostalgia. Arcade machines became wildly popular in the early 1980s after the success of still one of the most played games in 1978; Space Invaders. This addicting game started an upward trend in video games of the same style that continued into the early 80s. Arcade centers were adding machines for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and many more. Today, Rocky Mount Event Center highlights the five most played arcade games.

1. Pac-Man

Pac-Man became an instant classic after its release in 1980. The thing that set Pac-Man apart from other arcade games of that time was that it was not a shooting game. It gave the player more of a sense of strategy and escape rather than a single-shooter game strategy. This arcade game is easily the most successful and well-known game, creating a brand that still is relevant  today.

2. Space Invaders

Space Invaders set the tone for the future of arcade games. It was launched in Japan in 1978, completely changing the way the gaming industry was viewed. Just to get an idea of how popular Space Invaders was, there was a temporary shortage of the 100-yen coin because there were so many inside of the arcade machines!

3. Street Fighter II

The original Street Fighter debuted in 1987, being one of the later games to hit the market. Even later, in 1992, Street Fighter II was released and became even more popular than the original game! Street Fighter II was released with Street Fighter Championship Edition, both becoming a staple in arcade centers worldwide.

4. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong was one of the first arcade games released by Nintendo in 1981. This game consisted of four separate stages, which was something new with arcade games. The original Donkey Kong spearheaded the campaign for all future Mario games Nintendo produced. 

5. Galaga

Another classic arcade game that you should be able to find at almost every arcade center is Galaga. This space shooter game took both Japan and North America by storm after its release in 1981. Galaga, released by Namco, focused on quick maneuvers and fast-paced play as you avoided enemies flying at you from the top of the screen. One thing that many might not know is Galaga is actually a sequel to Galaxian that was released by Namco in 1979!

Visit the Game Day Adventure and Arcade Today!

Looking for a day filled with fun and nostalgia? Visit Rocky Mount Event Center’s Game Day Adventure and Arcade! This 15,000 square foot area is filled with fun and adventure. You will always find something new to try, and it is perfect for entertaining the whole family. You can even rent out the Game Day Adventures and Arcade for birthday parties! Rocky Mount Event Center wants you to have the best birthday party or visit, so contact us today!

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