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Growing Up In Arcades 1979-1989

Once upon a time kids spent a hell of a lot of time, and money, filling their eyes with pixels and their ears with beeps and boops at local video arcades, which were like heaven on earth to diehard gamers like myself.

Kids who grew up in the 80s often found everything their little hearts desired in arcades, from friendships to snack bars to prizes, as savvy owners cashed in on the trend that gave kids around the world Pac-Man Fever.

A fun new Flickr pool called Growing Up In Arcades:1979-1989 is helping gamers relive those glory days with photos taken at arcades, theme restaurants like Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre and Showbiz Pizza Palace, and anywhere you could find "vintage games in the wild" back in the neon colored 1980s.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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From 82-84, I lived in a small town in which the arcade was the only place for the kids (and adults) to do anything. The local DJs enjoyed free tokens, because we were supposedly good for business. I even spent a year living downtown, upstairs across the street from the arcade, and with no cable TV, all my free time was spent hanging around, playing Q*bert, Centipede, Joust, Pac-Man, and Galaga.
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