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Top Ten arcade games of the 1980’s

So I kinda fell behind on my blogging. So what did I do in 2014? Well, besides work, I really did podcast all year. One segment of the podcast is a Top Ten list. I’m going to post all of the Top 10 Lists we did in 2014. And since Podcast Unlimited is a two-man team, I will post both my list, and the list of my tag-team partner, “The” Keith “Spiderman” Feltenstein. 

Without further adieu, here is our second Top Ten list. I can’t find our first list. As soon as I find it, I will get it posted.

Podcast Unlimited Top Ten Favorite Arcade Games of the 1980’s.

(Note: format will be : Title / Year / Manufacturer)

 Keith’s List

  • 10. Stargate / 1981 / Williams
  • 9. Punch-Out!! / 1984 / Nintendo
  • 8. Yie Ar Kung-Fu / 1985 / Konami
  • 7. Gauntlet / 1985 / Atari
  • 6. Spy Hunter / 1983 / Bally Midway
  • 5. Missile Command / 1980 / Atari
  • 4. Tron  / 1982 / Bally Midway
  • 3. Centipede / 1980 / Atari
  • 2. Dragon’s Lair  / 1983 / Cinematronics

Heck, we had so much fun on this list, we actually went 20 deep on this list. In our podcast, we list a few Honorable Mentions, but those on in no particular order. This is the first, (and the only time in 2014) we did an honest-to-goodness Top 20. So before I list Keith’s #1, here is his numbers 11-20.

11. Tapper / 1983 / Bally Midway
12. Double Dragon / 1987 / Taito
13. Phoenix  / 1980 / Centuri
14. Burgertime / 1982 / Bally Midway
15. Time Pilot / 1982 / Centuri
16. Smash TV* / 1990 / Williams
17. Zaxxon / 1982 / Sega|Gremlin
18. Moon Patrol / 1982 / Irem
19. Pole Position / 1982 / Atari
20. Ms Pac Man / 1981 / Midway

(We honestly believed this came out ion 1989. Verified after the fact. Oh well, they say memory is the first to go…)

My List

  • 10. Ghosts & Goblins / 1985 / Capcom
  • 9. Hat Trick / 1984 / Bally Sente
  • 8. Elevator Action / 1983 / Taito
  • 7. Track & Field / 1983 / Konami
  • 6. Star Wars / 1983 / Atari
  • 5. Cyberball / 1988 / Atari
  • 4. Tetris / 1989 / Atari
  • 3. Gauntlet / 1985 / Atari
  • 2. Dragon’s Lair / 1983 / Cinematronics

Since I spent most of childhood in an arcade, I was able to go fifty deep on my list. Here is the rest of my list.

21. Punch-Out!! / Nintendo / 1984
22. Cobra Command / 1984 / Nihon Bussan
23. Smash TV* / 1990 / Williams
24. Paperboy / 1984 / Atari
25. Bad Dudes vs Dragon Ninja / 1988 / Nihon Bussan
26. Mario Bros / 1983 / Nintendo
27. Road Blasters / 1987 / Atari
28. Tron / 1982 / Bally Midway
29. Crystal Castle / 1983 / Atari
30. Yie Ar Kung-Fu / 1985 / Konami
31. Spy Hunter / 1984 / Bally Midway
32. Street Fighter / 1987 / Capcom
33. NARC / 1988 / Williams
34. Contra / 1987 / Konami
35. Q*bert / 1982 / Gottlieb
36. Zaxxon / 1982 / Sega|Gremlin
37. Arkanoid / 1986 / Taito
38. Operation: Wolf / 1987 / Taito
39. Time Pilot / 1982 / Centuri
40. Rampage / 1986 / Bally Midway
41. RBI Baseball / 1987 / Nintendo
42. Excitebike / 1984 / Nintendo
43. Real Ghostbusters / 1987 / Data East
44. Burgertime / 1982 / Bally Midway
45. Indiana Jones & Temple of Doom / 1985 / Atari
46. Robotron: 2084 / 1982 / Williams
47. Pengo / 1982 / Sega
48. Tempest / 1981 / Atari
49. Qix / 1981 / Taito
50. Mr. Do / 1982 / Universal

*(Sinced I goofed up royally on “Smash TV”, I’ll substitute it with “Golden Axe.” (1989 / Sega).

And now… our #1 arcade games of the 1980’s:

Keith = 1.  Star Wars / 1983 / Atari

Me = 1. Ms. Pac Man / 1981 / Midway

A full justification can be heard on the podcast. A brief explanation will be posted on the podcast’s website. (I swear we will get around to it sometime in 2015. Maybe?)

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