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Though the timeline is often disputed, the golden age of arcade games (approx. 1978-1983) brought some of the best and most memorable games to arcades everywhere. From Pac-Man and Space Invaders to Asteroids, these simple yet addicting games have become mainstays in classic arcade games, and have even since be recreated for a broad range of video game systems. 

For a dose of nostalgia, check out the list of popular hits from the golden age of arcade games below.

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Space Invaders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1978 Space Invaders is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in ...more

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Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1979 Asteroids is an arcade space shooter released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. and designed by Lyle Rains and Ed Logg. The player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field which is periodically ...more

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Galaxian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1979 Galaxian is an arcade game that was developed by Namco and released in October 1979. It was published by Namco in Japan and imported to North America by Midway that December. A fixed shooter ...more

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Lunar Lander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
Lunar Lander is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1979, which uses a vector monitor to display vector graphics. Although not particularly successful, the vector-graphics generator of the ...more

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Battlezone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Battlezone is an arcade game from Atari released in November 1980. It displays a wireframe view on a horizontal black and white vector monitor. Due to its novel gameplay and look, this game was ...more

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Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Berzerk is a multi-directional shooter video arcade game, released in 1980 by Stern Electronics of Chicago.

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Centipede is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Centipede is a vertically oriented shoot 'em up arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1981. The game was designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey. The player defends against centipedes, spiders, ...more

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Defender is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Defender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February 1981. A shooting game featuring two-dimensional graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where ...more

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Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Missile Command is a 1980 arcade game by Atari, Inc. that was also licensed to Sega for European release. It is considered one of the most notable games from the Golden Age of Video Arcade

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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway and released in October 1980. Immensely ...more

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Phoenix is an outer space-themed, fixed shooter video game similar to Taito's Space Invaders. It was developed by Amstar Electronics in 1980, and released by Centuri in the United States and by ...more

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Rally-X is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Rally-X is a maze & driving arcade game, that was released by Namco in 1980 and licensed to Midway Games for US manufacture and distribution in 1981. It was the first game to have ...more

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Star Castle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Star Castle is a 1980 vector arcade game by Cinematronics. The game involves obliterating a series of defenses orbiting a stationary turret in the center of the screen. The game was designed by ...more

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Tempest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Tempest is a 1981 arcade game by Atari Inc., originally designed and programmed by Dave Theurer. The game is a tube shooter, a type of shoot 'em up where the environment is fixed and viewed from ...more

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Wizard Of Wor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1980 Wizard of Wor is an arcade game from 1981, developed by Midway. It was ported to the Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200 and renamed to The Incredible Wizard for the Bally ...more

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Donkey Kong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1981 Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981. It is an early example of the platform game genre, as the gameplay focuses on maneuvering the main character across a series of ...more

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Galaga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1981 Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan and published by Midway in North America in 1981. It is the sequel to Galaxian, released in 1979. The gameplay of ...more

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Ms. Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Ms. Pac-Man is an arcade video game from the Golden Age. It was produced by Illinois-based Midway Manufacturing corporation, the North American publisher of Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man was released in ...more

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Qix is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1981 Qix is an arcade game released by Taito America Corporation in 1981.

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BurgerTime is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 BurgerTime is a 1982 arcade game created by Data East for its DECO Cassette System. The game's original title, Hamburger, was changed to BurgerTime before its introduction to the US. The player ...more

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Dig Dug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Dig Dug is an arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan in 1982. It runs on Namco Galaga hardware, and was later published outside of Japan by Atari, Inc.. A popular game based on a ...more

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Donkey Kong Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Donkey Kong Jr. is a 1982 arcade-style platform video game by Nintendo. It first appeared in arcades, and, over the course of the 1980s, was later released for a variety of platforms, most ...more

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Joust is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Joust is an arcade game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It is a platform game that features two-dimensional graphics. The player uses a button and joystick to control a ...more

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Moon Patrol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Moon Patrol is an arcade game by Irem that was first released in 1982. It was licensed to Williams for distribution in North America. Moon Patrol was an early side-scrolling shooter and is ...more

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Pole Position is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Golden Age Arcade Games
1982 Pole Position is an arcade racing video game which was released by Namco in 1982 and licensed to Atari, Inc. for US manufacture and distribution, running on the Namco Pole Position arcade system ...more