Evolution of arcade games

Arcade games started from a humble title, Pong, and

then went on to become a rage. The games primarily

evolved around a simplistic design and raw game play.

The newer arcade games made the use of immense leaps

in the graphic technology. The arcade games were

designed to be played with a group of friends in pubs,

malls and restaurants.

These days arcade games are more than isolated gaming

sessions. Arcade games have numerous communities and

clans committed to keeping the tradition.

The arcade games later appeared on home consoles. They

started out as redemption games, pinball machines and

video games.

The popularity suffered as the arcades were labeled as

seedy, unsafe places. They saw resurgence with the

advent of the “two players fighting each other” games

such as Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Killer

Instinct.

But, then, again the game consoles and PC’s with 3d

accelerator cards successfully dwarfed the advantage

arcade games enjoyed. The success of arcade games over

the previous generation of home computer was the

ability to customize and use the newest graphics and

sound cards.

The steep decline ensured that they could no longer

fund their technologies.

By late 90’s the internet made matters worse for the

arcades. The human to human competition was taken to a

newer level.

Since then, the arcade games have been ported to other

consoles and emulated on PC’s. Today the online arcade

games have a huge fan following with thousands of

tournaments being held online every year.

The online arcade games are evolving at a fast pace

and the arcade world visualizes an altogether

different future for the industry.

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