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Interesting game facts

Dragons Lair

1. Dragon's Lair was the first game that cost 50 cents to play.

2. Dragon's Lair wasn't the first laser disc game, but it was the most well known (and the most successful).

3. Dragon's Lair was so popular when released arcades would put a TV monitor on top of the game so others could watch the game being played.2. Space Invaders earned three times as much money as the original Star Wars movie grossed at the box office.

4. Space Ace was released as both a conversion kit and a dedicated game. The conversion kits usually converted Dragon's Lair machines. The dedicated games are extremely rare today.

5. Dragon's Lair II production as put on hold because of the decline in popularity of arcade games. It was finally released in 1991.

Pac Man

1. There are 240 dots to be devoured in each Pac-Man maze.

2. Pac-Man spawned ten arcade game sequels: Ms. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Baby Pac-Man, Professor Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Land, Pac-Mania and Pac-Man VR.

3. Baby Pac-Man was the first and only one of three video game / pinball hybrid games every made. The other two games: Granny and the Gators (also released by Bally) and Caveman (released by Gottlieb) were not very successful.

4. The actual names of the ghosts in Pac-Man are: Shadow, Speedy, Bashful and Pokey. The ghosts' nicknames are Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, respectively.

5. Pac-Man's creator came up with the Pac-Man character after looking at a pizza missing one slice.

6. It was only recently that someone was able to achieve the perfect score on Pac-Man. In 1999, Billy Mitchell reached a score of 3,333,360 points, the highest score possible on the game.

7. The smash hit song Pac-Man Fever made it all the way to #9 on the charts. The song was performed by Buckner & Garcia who also wrote Froggy's Lament, Do the Donkey Kong, and The Defender.

8. Pac-Man was originally released in Japan as Puck Man. When the game was brought over to the US, the name was changed due to fears of people using the name in a more vulgar sense. Hint: What rhymes with puck?

9. Bally released a trivia game know as Professor Pac-Man. The game was a huge bomb, only 400 were made (by comparison over 100,000 Pac-Man games were made).

10. During the heyday of arcade games, a number of boardgames were released based on games including Pac-Man, Zaxxon, Pitfall, Donkey Kong, Berzerk, Centipede and Q*Bert.


1. At the 1981 AMOA (Amusement Machine Operators of America) convention in 1981, Defender won "videogame of the year."  

2. Eugene Jarvis, the designer and programmer of Defender, went on to program such hits as Stargate, Robotron, and more recent hits like NARC and Cruis'n USA.

3. Steve Juraszek was a 15 year-old prodigy who was able to score over 15 million in Defender. I challenge you to score over 100,000!!!

4. Defender was the first game to keep track of action that happened "off screen." In the scanner area, you could watch as Landers upducted the humans.

5. Eugene Jarvis designed Defender in 1980.

6. Williams arcade games such as Defender, Stargate, Robotron and Sinistar are among the most challenging and difficult games to play.


1. Pong, the first successful arcade game ever released also had the simpliest game play: "avoid missing ball for high score."

2. The first successful arcade game was tested on located at an establishment known as "Andy Capp's." That game was Atari's Pong.

3. True story: the first successful arcade game was tested at Andy Capp's tavern. A few weeks after being on location, it broke down. The reason? It was jammed with quarters.

4. Pong was not the first video game, but the first successful video game.

Computer Space first arcade game

1. Computer Space, the first arcade game ever made was released in three colors: green, red and blue.

2. The first arcade game (Computer Space) was a flop. It was too hard to understand.


1. Gorgar, a pinball game released by Williams in 1979 was the first arcade game or pinball machine to use synthesized speech.

2. Tail Gunner, a game released by Cinematroncs in 1981 was the first game to use true 3-D graphics.

3. Berzerk is the only game known to have caused a fatality. In the early 1980s a person died of a heart attack while playing the game.

4. Atari Football (released in 1979) was the first game to use a trak-ball controller.

5. Steve Russell, an MIT student, created Spacewar in 1961. This was the basis for the first video arcade game.

6. Food Fight, an Atari classic from 1983, was the first game and the only classic to feature an "instant replay" feature. The feature appears when a round lasts a long time or the player has a lot of narrow escapes.

7. Gun Fight, a Midway game produced in 1975 was the first game to use a microprocessor. The microprocessor's speed? A whopping 2 mhz.

8. Tank, a black and white arcade game released in 1974 was the first arcade game to use a ROM (read only memory) chip.

9. Sprint 2 was actually the first Sprint game released? The "2" represents the number of players that could play the game. Sprint 1 was released two years later in 1978.

10. Galaga was one of the first games to feature a bonus stage.

11. Warrior, a vector game by Cinematronics was the first one-on-one fighting game. The game was released in 1979, predating Street Fighter by 8 years.

12. Budweiser Tapper, a Bally Midway game where you play a bartender who serves beer to customers was also released in another form: Rootbeer Tapper (a non-alcoholic form) to appease child-oriented arcades.

13. I Robot was first game to use 3-D polygon graphics. The game was released by Atari in 1983. Yes 1983. Take that Nintendo and Sony.

14. Centipede was the first arcade game designed by a woman.

15. Humpty Dumpty was the first pinball machine to use flippers.


1. Nolan Bushnell originally developed games under the name "Syzygy." After his first creation, he started the company known as Atari.

2. Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari also founded Chuck E Cheese.

3. To date, no home system has matched the success of the Atari 2600 (a.k.a. the VCS). It was in production for an amazing 14 years.

4. Atari was commissioned by the U.S. military to develop a training simulator version of Battlezone. Two cabinets were made with a modified version of original Battlezone.

5. Steve Jobs originally worked for Atari. Yup, he left to start that little company now known as Apple.

6. A number of companies released clones of Atari's Pong after the game was a huge success.

7. Atari developed a very unique pinball game named Hercules. It was so large that it used a billard cue ball for a pinball!


1. Tron was a box-office flop, but an arcade sensation.

2. In addition to Tron, the arcade game Discs of Tron was created for the movie, but it wasn't finished in time for the premiere. The upright version, and the coveted Environmental Discs of Tron (EDoT) have become hot collector items. EDot features digitalized speech, and Sark taunts you!

3. The levels of TRON are RPG, COBOL, BASIC, FORTRAN, SNOBOL, PL1, PASCAL, ALGOL, ASSEMBLY, OS, JCL, and finally USER. (Most of these are old programming languages.)

4. Flynn's is the name of the arcade in Tron.

5. Space Paranoids was never made. It was a fictional game that Jeff Bridge's character created in the movie Tron.

Television & Movies

1. Frogger was featured in a Seinfeld epsiode. George had to get a Frogger arcade game across a busy street in New York. He didn't make it...

2. The classic "Silver Spoons" TV show from the 80s has a Dragon's Lair, Gorf, and Asteroids Deluxe featured in Ricky's living room!

3. For the movie War Games, Mathew Broderick was given a Galaga and a Galaxian to practice on. On screen, he played for a whopping 10 seconds or so.

4. Starcade was a game show based on video games. Remember STARCADE!?! Contestants could win their very own arcade game.

5. Vanguard uses the music that is featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Donkey Kong

1. Nintendos first arcade game, Radarscope did not sell well. In fact 2,000 of the 3,000 games made were converted in Donkey Kong games, leading to the harder to find Donkey Kong games in red cabinets (as opposed to the traditional blue cabinet Donkey Kongs).

2. Nintendo released a sequel to Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.: Donkey Kong 3.

3. Mario, Nintendos star character of Donkey Kong fame was originally called "jumpman".

4. Red Donkey Kong cabinets are very rare. They are from the very first few made off the production line: Radarscope factory conversions. These games are VERY collectible.

5. A couple of classic games were so popular that had their own cereal released. Anyone remember Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior and Pac-Man cereal?


1. Jungle Hunt was originally released as Jungle King starring a Tarzan-like character. The game was modified slightly and re-released as Jungle Hunt when the owner of the Tarzan rights threatened to sue for copyright infringement.


1. The concept for Tempest was though up in a dream that game designer Dave Theurer had one night.

2. Tempest is the most popular arcade games among collectors. According to the Video Arcade Preservation Society, 264 collectors owned the game (as of March 2001), followed by Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man.

Really Now!?!

1. When released Asteroids was so popular that many arcade operators needed to make bigger coin boxes to hold the quarters the game collected.

2. Back in the 1980s many strategy guides were released on playing and beating arcade games.

3. Many games with black and white monitors used color overlays to simulate a color screen.

4. In Missile Command, you will only loose up to three cities per round. Use that to your advantage, as you get an extra city every 10,000 points!

5. Crystal Castles is one of the few classic arcade games to actually have an ending.

6. Chicken, Fight Like A Robot! Berzerk digitized 31 words and re-arranged them in various combinations to produce a good size library of phrases.

7. Two arcade games have been created based on music stars. Bally Midway released Journey in 1983, based on the rock group of the same name and Sega released Michael Jackson's Moonwalker in 1990.

8. Proper arcade etiquette to let someone know you want to play the next game was (is) to put your quarter above the control panel or marquee bracket.

9. Many lesser know arcade games were released for Colecovision (a home videogame console), including: Congo Bongo, Frenzy, Lady Bug, Looping, Q*Bert's Qubes, Space Fury, Space Panic and Victory.

10. Space Invaders caused a coin shortage when originally released in Japan.

11. Pinball was banned in New York until 1976.

12. When originally released most arcade games cost anywhere from $1,700 to $4,500 per game.

13.Vectrex was a self-contained arcade game system that allowed consumers to play vector games at home.

14. Most full size arcade games weigh 250 350 pounds.

15. At their peak, video arcade games grossed more money than the music, books and movie industries.

16. There have been over 3000 different arcade gmes made since they first appeared in the 1970s.

17. On average, we spent 8 hours cleaning and shopping out our games before we make them available for sale.

18. Over 40 different laser disc games were made. Unfortunately nearly all of these games are very difficult to find nowadays.

19. It is not uncommon for many hardcore arcade collectors to have games in their living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. Yes, some of us have serious issues.

20. Walter Day created Twin Galaxies in 1981. This is the organization that keeps track of high scores.
21. During their peak popularity arcade games were everywhere: pizza shops, restaurants, retail stores, even car dealerships.

22. During the peak of the arcade game industry in 1982 over 1.5 million games appeared in 24,000 arcades and other locations across the U.S.  

23. Gorf has five levels: in the last level, you fight the Gorfian Flagship. Good luck! You'll need it!

24. In Stargate, if you carry four humans with you as you enter the stargate, you will warp four levels.

25. There were five Mr. Do arcade games released: Mr. Do! (1982), Mr. Do's Castle (1983), Mr. Do's Wild Ride (1984), Do! Run Run (1984) and Neo Mr. Do! (1996).

26. Arcade games hold up amazingly well in a game room as they were constructed to be turned on up to 16 hours a day or more. But to save wear and tear (and electricity!) you should keep your game off when not in use.

27. You are standing at the end of a road before a small brick building. (What?! You don't remember Adventure?!)

28. Top arcade players can play some games for over 20 hours on the same quarter.

29. What the complete Joust collection is? Joust, Joust 2, and Joust pinball. (Joust pinball pits players against one another.)

30. Video game violence existed prior to the Mortal Kombat era. In Exidy's Death Race (released in 1976) the player's goal was to drive over Gremlins (which appeared as real people to many). In Chiller, a later release by the company from 1986, the object was to shoot human targets and was quite gory for the time.

31. Many classic games were converted to newer games (by replacing the controls, marquee and game board) since they no longer made money in arcades. In retrospect, this wasn't such a good idea, since classics are the most popular games today.

1. Most videogames you see on QuarterArcade.com are close to or over 20 years old. Has it really been that long since you played them as a kid???

2. QuarterArcade.com uses a real-time inventory system. Every game, part and item listed on their website is available for sale.

3. Their sister site, Great Game Database has information on nearly 6,500 games, including 2,400 arcade games, 2,200 console games and 1,900 handheld games.

"Do You Know?" is from Quarter Arcade web site.  I got them throughout their web site!  

I have the spirit of an alien.
I need to find my own kind.
I must shed off the dreadful human skin.
It is very uncomfortable.