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Galaxian

Back in 1978, arcade games had one undisputed king. Its name was Space Invaders, and at the time, it seemed like it would own...

Whac-a-Mole

Developed in 1970 by Bob’s Space Racers, the anger-abating coin-operated game Whac-a-Mole did exactly what it said on the tin! There were five holes out...

Wizard of Wor

“Fight me! I am the Wizard of Wor!” Part Pac-Man, part Alien, part Dungeons and Dragons, Bally Midway’s Wizard of Wor took gamers down into...

Asteroids

In the years after Star Wars (1977), anything involving outer space, zippy interstellar craft and dangerous battles was golden. Into this arena of sci-fi fantasy...

Zaxxon

1982 gamers had never seen anything like Sega/Gremlin’s Zaxxon. Players had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon did it in...

Xevious

A classic vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up Namco arcade game (distributed by Atari), Xevious sent your 'Solvalou' craft into solo battle against the invading Xevious armies. Unfortunately, the...

Space Invaders

Backed by a thudding bass beat, dozens of invaders from another world descended on our planet in 1978. Within months, Space Invaders was one...

Double Dragon

In the near future, with half the world ravaged by a nuclear war and violence ruling the streets in America, Marian is kidnapped by a violent...

Pong

The first successful computer game was a video version of ping-pong, whose "ball" was a blip that bounced back and forth on screen between...

Pac-Man

It will come as no surprise that Pac-Man originated in Japan, where a Japanese computer firm called Namco Limited, modelled the game after a...

Frogger

The object of Frogger was almost Zen-like: to get to the other side. But considerably less Zen were the many obstacles in your path:...

Bump ‘n’ Jump

You just had to love a game whose entire philosophy on life was summed up in its three-syllable title: Bump 'n' Jump. That's all...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Arcade Games

Early 1950s fore-runners of arcade games included photo booths which became a national craze and shuffle games which moved beyond bowling with Deluxe Shuffle...

Air Hockey

Ice hockey enthusiast Bob Lemieux dreamed up this popular table game for billiards manufacturers Brunswick back in 1972. Almost instantly, the craze spread across...

Airball

Arcade game designers have always been a creative bunch, generally willing to try any idea (no matter how strange it may seem) if they...

720°

“Skate or Die!” With its funky circular joystick and boom box cabinet, there was no mistaking 720° in your local arcade. Starring a brightly-attired slacker...

Amazing Maze

The deceptively simple concept of Bally Midway's Amazing Maze - released in 1976 - was this: You were on one side of a maze,...

VS. Series Arcade Games

Stuck in the mire of the 1984 video game market crash, Nintendo knew it needed a hook to draw gamers back into the arcades....

Safari

Sega/Gremlin’s Safari, released in 1977, took players on a big game hunt in the jungle, trying to bag the heads or hides of four...

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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon) is a very successful Public Relations man. Unfortunately, a big part of his job entails drinking booze - and Joe's...

Primus

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 2 (USA) 26 x 30 minute episodes This underwater adventure series starred Carter Primus (Robert Brown), an oceanographer and deepwater troubleshooter who...

Sno-Cone Machines

In 1967, Hasbro introduced its little icy treat factories to sweaty summer cities and suburbs everywhere. The Frosty Sno-Man Sno-Cone machine was the first. Just...

Me & My Girl

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) 52 x 30 minute episodes Simon Harrap (Richard O'Sullivan), an executive at the 'Eyecatchers' advertising agency in...

Rough Trade

A music-obsessed Cambridge graduate, Geoff Travis hitch-hiked across America in his mid-twenties, where he picked up "literally hundreds of records by the time I got...

Aspel & Company

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 9 3 (UK) 115 x 60 minute episodes Michael Aspel proved he was more than the bland charmer he sometimes appeared...

Bucky O’Hare

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 2 (USA/Canada) In an alternative dimension called the Aniverse where the denizens are humanoid animals and the free...

George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 8 (USA) The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show was just one more world to conquer for the legendary...