There are many interesting facts about arcade games that maybe not many people know. It is undeniable, the old game did have its own impression and was very pleasant. Especially for gamers who grew up familiar with game characters like Mario, Pac-Man, and Link.
Even though many people suspect that a new video game was made in the 1980s. It turns out the video game appeared much earlier, around the 1950s. But indeed, the new video game entered its heyday when arcade games, consoles, and home computers (PCs) first started in 1970 to 1980.
In that era, arcade games became a game that was widely played by young people. Arcade games are not focused on the storyline, but enough to just have fun and fill in spare time.
Facts about Arcade Games; Who is Mario
Everyone who has ever played an arcade game knows Mario. Not only does he appear as one of the world’s most famous game characters. But Mario is also Nintendo’s best-selling game character of all time.
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario first appeared as a “Jumpman” in the arcade game called Donkey Kong on July 9, 1981. In the game, Mario was described as a carpenter who had to save his lover who was held hostage by a giant ape named Donkey Kong.
Not long after, the character “Jumpman” was changed its name to Mr. Video Game and finally officially used the name Mario in 1983. The name Mario itself was inspired by the name of the first Nintendo warehouse owner named Mario Segale.
Another interesting facts about arcade games Mario is in 2012, Mario’ creator; Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned that Mario and Luigi had a last name and that was Mario. This last name was given when the film adaptation, Super Mario Bros., was released in 1993.
At that time the film producer suggested that the Mario brothers have a family name and finally the name Mario was chosen. So, Mario has the full name Mario Mario while Luigi, Luigi Mario. Since it first appeared until now, Mario has appeared in 200 game titles.
Pong is not the First Arcade Game in the World
In 1971, Computer Space appeared to overtake Pong as the world’s first coin arcade game machine. This game is an arcade game about space battles created by Syzygy Engineering.
Computer Space itself is an arcade game that features a rocket against a flying saucer in a star, with the missile as the only weapon. Interesting facts about arcade games is that Computer Space wasn’t as successful or as big as Pong. But its presence marks the beginning of the video game industry.
Although it’s not as popular as Pong, Computer Space has an extremely important role in the history of the game world. Arcade games or games that operate with coins can usually only be found in public places such as in markets, biscuits, and some supermarkets.
In Indonesia alone, arcade games only began to get busy around 1985. Some game titles such as Space Invaders, Galaxian, Pac-Man, Battlezone, Defender, and Bosconian are some of the arcade game titles that are widely known by gamers today.
Arcade games are very popular, especially in the 90s. At that time many arcade game titles in circulation. Some interesting facts about arcade games are rarely known to others, including facts about Mario and Pong.