12 Days of Geek | Day 6 | The first coin-operated arcade video game

Q. What was the first coin-operated arcade video game?


Arguably the golden age of arcade video games started somewhere in the mid 1970s and ended in the early 1980s. During that time, games like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaga and Frogger were prevalent not only in video arcades but also in supermarkets, gas stations, restaurants and anywhere else business owners wanted to make some extra coinage. To find the first coin-operated arcade video game, we have to travel back a little farther.

In 1971, students at Stanford University set up the Galaxy Game, the earliest known coin-operated video game. Later that year, Computer Space was released and became the first mass-manufactured game. A year later, Pong went on to be the first game to reach mainstream popularity.


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