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KISS Pinball Machine

In the late 1970s, celebrities became a popular theme for pinball machines. In fact, everyone from Ted Nugent to Evel Knievel had a pinball...

Harlem Globetrotters On Tour

When their KISS pinball machine hit big in the summer of 1979, the folks at Bally saw they had something good going with celebrity-themed...

Vanguard

Through tight corridors, against numerous foes, with only a four-way blaster for defence, a solo fighter took on the challenge of Vanguard, a pioneering...

Tron

It came as no surprise that Tron hit the arcades at the same time as its 1982 film counterpart. This was the first fusion...

Toobin’

Years before Extreme Sports hit the mainstream, there was Atari’s Toobin’, one of the oddest and most dangerous sports to hit the video arcade. The...

Sea Wolf

The hunt was on in 1976’s Sea Wolf, a submarine simulator with realistic sounds (explosions, sonar pings, buzzing motors and more) and a rotating...

Gun Fight

Released in 1975, Gun Fight was the first arcade game to incorporate a microprocessor, and the expanded processing capabilities allowed for graphics and gameplay...

Sprint series

Atari’s Indy 800 brought multi-player racing to the masses, but the company’s Sprint series took the genre to the next level, offering greater speed,...

Tank

Into a world of Pong clones rolled a pair of tanks, firing artillery shells that rocked the arcade game world. Atari’s Tank - produced...

Hayburners II

Flippers have been an important part of pinball games since they were introduced in 1947 with Humpty Dumpty. Just the same, modern pinball players...

Q*bert

One of the most famous faces of the golden age of arcade games was also one of the most bizarre. A furry orange orb...

Popeye

By the early 1980’s, thanks to hits like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, video arcade games were starting to take on a playful, cartoon-like appearance....

Video Pinball

Despite some industry fears, video didn’t kill the pinball star. Flipper-fuelled action had been an arcade mainstay since long before the days of Pong,...

Xenon

It wasn’t like pinball machines hadn’t been sexy before - many a lad had pumped his pocket money into Slick Chick just to spend more time with...

Computer Space

The history of coin-operated video arcade games began not with a whimper, but with several explosive bangs, rendered in simple black-and-white graphics by a...

Xenophobe

Inspired by the Alien films and countless other sci-fi suspense flicks, this game sent a group of unlucky scientists and soldiers into a series...

Time Pilot

The star of 1982’s Time Pilot was a time-hopping military jet. Designed by Yoshiki Okamoto, who would go on to create Gyruss, Final Fight...

Canyon Bomber

Part of the beauty of early arcade games was the preponderance of "truth in advertising". What you read was what you got. So when...

Bazaar

One of the most frustrating things about almost every pinball game is the gap between the two flippers. No matter how good players are,...

Avalanche

This early Atari title wasn’t exactly the black-and-white equivalent of a Swiss Alps nightmare, but it was the closest a video game could come...

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Honeybus

Honeybus are principally remembered for their 1968 hit I Can't Let Maggie Go, but much of their best work was made shortly after that breakthrough...

My Hero

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 3 (USA) 33 x 30 minute episodes Debuting on NBC on 8 November 1952, Robert Cummings starred as well-meaning...

A-Team, The

1 9 8 3 - 1 9 8 7 (USA) 98 x 50 minute episodes "If you've got a problem and no one else can help, and...

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) is up against it in Dog Day Afternoon, directed by Sidney Lumet. He has a mountain of debts, an unhappy wife and...

Purple Hearts, The

Dropping their shady punk past as The Sockets (not 'Jack Plug & The Sockets', contrary to popular belief), this Romford four-piece were figureheads for...

Harry Worth

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 0 (UK) 37 x 30 minute episodes Harry Worth, like many early TV stars, started out in variety theatre....

Beverly Hillbillies, The

1 9 6 2 - 1 9 7 1 (USA) 274 x 30 minute episodes One of the most durable television sitcoms, and one of the most...

Late Night With David Letterman/Late Show with David Letterman

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 9 3 (NBC USA) 1 9 9 3 - 2 0 1 5 (CBS USA) Fans of late-night television delighted...