One of the most powerful forces in the universe, hypergeek icon Nathan Rabin once mused, is nostalgia. The internet gives his theory credence: whether it's debating the relative merits of discontinued breakfast cereals or complaining distastefully about George Lucas “raping your childhood” – online, there's no time like the past. In this spirit, allow us to introduce you to this image gallery from the glory days of the early 80s arcade scene.
While it's an undeniable treat to see so many titles, both classic and disregarded, in their original habitat, there's a deeper joy in revisiting (or, for many, discovering) the days in which the video arcade was as much a social hangout as it was a place to play games. Before “gamer” became so loaded a term that you could base an underrated action movie around it, arcades were a place to hang out and be seen, where actually playing the games was as incidental as dancing at an underground rock show today.
See the full set at How to be a Retronaut. How many of these games have you played? How many of these hairstyles have you worn?
May 9, 2011
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