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The popular classic video games from the 1970s | 1980s | 1990s and 2000 & beyond…

The Top 10 Arcade Games :

The Seventies ~ 1970s

The Top 10 arcade games of the 1970s (by… Death Race (1976), Tank (1974), Sea Wolf (1976), Lunar Lander (1979), Breakout (1976), Computer Space (1971), Galaxian (1979), Asteroids (1979), Pong (1972), and Space Invaders (1978) 

The Eighties ~ 1980s

The Top 10 arcade games of the 1980s (by… Rampage (1986), Bubble Bobble (1986), Mario Bros. (1983), Dig Dug (1982), Q*Bert (1982), Gauntlet (1985), Galaga (1981), Frogger (1981), Donkey Kong (1981), and Ms. Pac-Man (1981)

The Nineties ~ 1990s

The Top 10 arcade games of the 1990s (by… X-Men (1992), NBA Jam (1993), Metal Slug (1996), Mortal Kombat 2 (1993), Time Crisis 2 (1997), Daytona USA (1994), The Simpsons Arcade Game (1991), Star Wars Trilogy Arcade (1999), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Turtles in Time (1991), and Street Fighter 2 (1991 – 1994)


PAC-MAN (1980)

Pac-Man is a maze arcade game developed and released by Namco. Designed by Toru Iwatani and Shigeichi Ishimura, programmed by Shigeo Funaki, and composed by Shigeichi Ishimura and Toshio Kai.

Pac-Man playing platforms : Arcade, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, VIC-20, IBM PC, Intellivision, TI-99/4A, ZX Spectrum, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Gear, and Neo Geo Pocket Color.

The aim of the game is to navigate the Pac-Man through the maze eating all the Pac-Dots (to earn points) & 4 multi-colored ghosts: Blinky, Pinky, Inky & Clyde. Read more about Pac-Man at Wikipedia 

See the evolution of the Pac-Man games from 1980 to 2018 (video by Andrew Louis)… original Pac-Man (1980), Ms. Pac-Man (1981), Pac-Man Plus (1982), Super Pac-Man (1982), Baby Pac-Man (1982), Professor Pac-Man (1983), Pac & Pal (1983), Jr.Pac-Man (1983), Pac-Land (1984), Pac-Mania (1987) and many more (see the video)

A song about Pac-Man called Pac-Man Fever was released in 1981 by Buckner & Garcia, and peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in USA. The song sold 1.2 million copies by the end of 1982, with a total of 2.5 million sold by 2008 (video uploaded in July 2015 ~ over 10.3 million views)…


Space Invaders was created by Tomohiro Nishikado, and released in 1978. It was made and sold by Taito in Japan. Space Invaders was the first fixed shooter, which became the template for the shoot ’em up genre. The aim of the game is to earn points while defeating the descending aliens with a moving laser which movers across the bottom of the screen.

Space Invaders was an instant success, grossing $3.8 billion by 1982 (net profit = $450 million) which made it the best-selling video game at the time. Many versions of the game have grossed a total of over $13 billion in total revenue (as of 2016) which makes it the highest-grossing video game of all time.  

A song about Space Invaders was written by Australian songwriters Russell Dunlop and Bruce Brown, and recorded by Player One in 1979. The song was the 7th best selling single in Australia for 1980, and spent 28 weeks on the Australian charts, peaking at number 3.

MARIO BROS. (1983)

Mario Bros was developed and published for arcades by Nintendo in 1983. The game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario Bros is featured as a mini game in all of the Super Mario Advance series, and was re-released for the Wii’s, Nintendo 3DS’s, and Wii U’s Virtual Console services, and Nintendo Switch Online. The game features Mario the Italian-American plumber and his brother Luigi, who have to defeat creatures coming from the sewers, who have to exterminate the creatures by flipping them on their backs and kicking them away.

GALAGA (1981)

Galaga arcade game was released by Namco in 1981. Galaga is a space ship shooting game sequel to Galaxian (1979). The player controls a spaceship and shoots at groups of alien ships above that attack.

TETRiS (1984)

Tetris puzzle game was released in 1984. The object of Tetris is to rotate the various shaped falling blocks to form a horizontal line without any gaps.


Sonic the Hedgehog game was released by Sega in 1991.

FROGGER (1981)

Frogger arcade game was released in 1981. Get the frog across the road without getting run over, and across the river without drowning.


Bejeweled puzzle game was released in 2001. Swap adjacent gems to align sets of 3 or more. A winning set is 3 or more gems. Combos and cascades award a bonus.

SiMON (1978)

Simon the electronic game of memory skill was released by Milton Bradley in 1978. Simon is a memory game that uses colors and sounds to help you remember patterns.

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The most…

Most Sold Video Games from 1989 to 2019

The timeline shows the best selling video games measured by cumulative units sold around the World, for consoles and PC gaming. The statistics exclude games bundled with gaming consoles and mobile app sales. Games included : Frogger, Super Marios, Tetris, Super Mario Land, Duck Hunt, Super Mario World, Lemmings, Sonic the Hedgehog, Myst, Pokemon, The Sims, GTA, Wii Play, CoD Black Ops, Mario Kart Wii, Diablo, Minecraft, Skyrim, PUBG, and more. (video by Data is Beautiful ~ over 4.2 million views since October 2019)…

Most Popular Gaming Consoles from 1978 to 2019

The timeline shows the trending sales based on the most popular video game console units sold from 1978 to 2019. This includes handhelds and home consoles. Consoles incuded : Atari 2600, NES, Mattel Intellivion. ColecoVision, Atari 5200, Sega SG-1000, Sega Master System, Atari 7800, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Super NES, Sega CD, Play Station, Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, PlayStation 2 & 3 & 4, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360. (video by Data is Beautiful ~ over 900,000 views since September 2019)…

Most Popular Android Games from 2012 to 2019

The timeline shows the most popular Android games based on monthly downloads from all around the World. See your favorite game apps race to be the most popular. Games included : Candy Crush, Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Minion Run,Pou, Hill Climb Racing, Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds, Drag Racing, My Talking Tom, Garena Free Fire, 8 Ball Pool, Clash of Clans, Piano Tiles, Mt Talking Angela, Clash Royale, Pokemon GO, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile, Roblox, Sniper 3D Gun Shooter and more. (video by Data is Beautiful ~ over 3.8 million views since September 2019)

Most Popular Games Played on YouTube from 2015 to 2019

Most Popular Games Streamed from 2012 to 2019



A Brief History of Video Games by Ahoy (19 minute video with over 630,000 views since 2013)…

40 Years of Gaming by Dan Bull (over 8.4 million views since 2014)…

40 Years of Game Music in 2 Minutes by Davie504 (over 10.8 million views since August 2018)…

50 Years of Gaming History (1970 to 2020) by Revenue Stream. Includes The Pre-Crash Era (1970 to 1983), The Tech Advancement Race (1985 to 2000), and The Online Boom (2001 to 2020) | See The Rise of Gaming Revenue Visualized full sized graphic

A Brief History of Graphics by Ahoy (44 minute video with over 3.8 million views since 2015)…


Who is The World’s Most Famous Gamer?..

PewDiePie YouTube channel

over 23.5 billion video views

Felix Kjellberg from Sweden became the most subscribed user on YouTube in 2013. He now has over 101 million subscribers to his video channel, which is now the 3rd most subscribed YouTube channel in the world (as of September 2019).

PewDiePie video uploaded in 2013 ~ over 25 million views

Most Subscribed LET’S PLAY YouTube Gaming Channels : 2011 to 2019

PewDiePie video uploaded in 2012 ~ over 50 million views

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