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Before I played video games on my Mac, my Sega Dreamcast, and my IBM PC, there were the arcades. My love for video games started with coin-op arcade games. With a stack of quarters (later tokens) in hand, you went to the arcade not only to play some beloved games, you went for the experience. There was something special about the arcades of the 1980s and early 1990s. It was about the games, the lights, the sounds, and the crowds. You stood in line, plunked down a quarter for next game, and waited your turn for a thrilling experience. There were so many great games in those early days.

Here is my tribute to the great coin-op games which drew so many to the arcades to spend their money one quarter at a time. I picked 25 games for my all-time favorite coin-op games list. There were so many other worthy choices, however, that I had to list some honorable mentions.

Finally, I thought I should mention pinball machines. Pinball entertained people for many years before video games arrived on the scene. There was one pinball machine that was my particular favorite to play. I listed that below as well.

Coin-Op Arcade Games:
1978 - Space Invaders
1979 - Asteroids
1980 - Battlezone
1980 - Defender
1980 - Missle Command
1980 - Pac-Man
1980 - Phoenix
1980 - Tempest
1980 - Wizard of Wor
1981 - Donkey Kong
1981 - Galaga
1981 - Gorf
1982 - Joust
1982 - Robotron 2084
1982 - Time Pilot
1982 - Tron
1982 - Zaxxon
1983 - Spy Hunter
1983 - Star Wars
1984 - Demolition Der
1984 - Punch-Out!!
1986 - Out Run
1986 - Super Sprint
1987 - RoadBlasters
1988 - Cyberball

Honorable Mentions:
1977 - Space Wars
1979 - Galaxian
1980 - Armor Attack
1980 - Berzerk
1981 - Stargate
1982 - Satan's Hollow
1982 - Sinistar
1982 - Xevious
1983 - Discs of Tron

Pinball Machine:
1988 - Cyclone