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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.

  1. Tapper / 1983 / Bally Midway
  2. Double Dragon / 1987 / Taito
  3. Phoenix  / 1980 / Centuri
  4. Burgertime / 1982 / Bally Midway
  5. Time Pilot / 1982 / Centuri
  6. Smash TV* / 1990 / Williams
  7. Zaxxon / 1982 / Sega|Gremlin
  8. Moon Patrol / 1982 / Irem
  9. Pole Position / 1982 / Atari
  10. 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.

  1. Moon Patrol / 1982 / Irem
  2. Donkey Kong / 1981 / Nintendo
  3. Golden Axe / 1989 / Sega
  4. Double Dragon / 1987 / Taito
  5. Joust / 1982 / Williams
  6. 720 degrees /1986 / Atari
  7. Karate Champ / 1984 / Nihon Bussan
  8. Arch Rivals / 1989 / Bally Midway
  9. Out Run / 1986 / Sega
  10. Tapper / 1983 / Bally Midway
  11. Punch-Out!! / Nintendo / 1984

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