Imagine you have a time machine, a pocket full of quarters and a Walkman with Bob Seger and Rod Stewart cassettes (OK, you can bring your own). Your mission is to travel back to the '80s, the golden age of arcade games, and play your favorite one.
Which would you pick?
From the launch of Space Invaders in 1978 until home game consoles became popular in the mid-'90s, arcades, pizza parlors and bars were the center of the electronic gaming world. The arcade machines may be forgotten, but the classic games keep coming back for another ride on a new console. This past week, for instance, saw the crowning of a Pac-Man world champion and the release of a new, next-generation version of the game.
Please vote for your favorite arcade game of the 1980s (right) and click to see the current results of the poll. Then, check back later to see if others agree.
Need to jog your memory? Check out this gallery of the classic games of the 1980s. Below are thumbnails and summaries from the newer versions of the original games. The photo credits and review ratings are courtesy of GameSpot (GameSpot is a division of CNET Networks, publisher of News.com).
First 'Pac-Man' world champion crowned
Namco Bandai and Microsoft host an international championship event for the classic game..June 5, 2007
Pac-Man Championship Edition
See the first set of new 'Pac-Man' mazes to come out since the original game was introduced 26 years ago. June 5, 2007
Most important games of all time
Educators and gamers came up with a list of the 10 most important video games of all time. March 17, 2007
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