Some Fun and Games

Wow! now has a new auction item that brings back many happy memories when my children were young – an arcade machine with a BIN of $599. At such a reasonable price some shoppers could BIN it, even if they don’t win it.

In the old days, arcade machines were available in many places where families hung out, such as pizza parlors, and the first place my children would go was straight to the arcade machine game room. Of course, they first held their hands out to mama and begged for a fist  full of quarters. Not any more.   If you win this arcade machine one of the best things about it is that no quarters are required.

Imagine having your very own arcade at home!

This arcade game is a new auction product listed on DealDash so it does not yet have past winner information or product reviews, but it’s one of the most requested home arcade machines ever. That alone is a good enough reason to add this item to our family game room. This machine was “officially licensed by the NFL,” and features every pro team and legendary players during the time when it was originally released in the late 1990s.

Another great feature is that this machine can be easily assembled and the on-screen menus are easy to navigate on a brilliant, well lit, marquee display. According to the DealDash description, “They play great, look great, and are instant conversation pieces.”

A history of arcade games

The late 1970s to mid-1980s is said to be the “golden age” of arcade games, when this type of entertainment was a superpower in popular culture. However, the word’s roots go back to the Latin word “arcus,” which means arc or bow.  According to my research, “An arched, covered passageway with shops or stalls on the sides is also called an arcade and was a precursor to the shopping mall.” The Burlington Arcade in London opened in 1819 and was the first shopping arcade of its kind in Britain.

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, created the first arcade game. 

In October 1958, physicist William Higinbotham created a simple tennis game, which is thought to be the first video game. Ed Rotberg designed the first first-person tank shooter video game and is considered to be the first successful first-person shooter video game. 

Arcade video games remained the largest sector of the global video game industry until about 1996. The console market began surpassing arcade video games for the first time in the late 1990s. 

A list of the 10-most popular arcade video games are listed online. Can you guess what they are?

The bottom line

If you enjoy having some stiff competition, keep your eyes open to shop for the arcade game machine. 

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.