Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989

Flickr is filled with all sorts of great photos from our retro history. My favorite find of this week is this wonderful group of photos (117 in total), called Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989, and predictably it features peoples playing games in the arcades of the late 1970s and 1980s. It is filled with gems and is guaranteed to bring you back to the golden age of arcades. Enjoy the memories and if you have some photos, please share them.


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11 thoughts on “Growing Up In Arcades: 1979-1989

  1. Scott says:

    I remember when playing Track and Field I used a comb or pencil and positioned between my fingers of my left hand and over both buttons so that it would act like a teeter-totter so that you could just press one side of the comb and would press each button to run faster in the game. That’s until they put the button guards in place to stop this activity. Good times!!

  2. Fraze says:

    I love how you can instantly look at a picture from that time period and without question say; thats the 80’s
    Some decades blend and you could be unsure, but there is never any denying the 80’s Love it.

  3. I miss arcades like this. Now most arcades just have crane machines and things to win tickets for stupid overpriced junk.

    Check out the kid on the far right. Looks like he’s got on a Cub Scout uniform under his jacket.

  4. Well, I think we all need to give the Growing Up In Arcades a big round of applause for letting me hitch a ride in their DeLorean with these pics. Wow. :)

    @Zoltar Friend, when you get to visit this place…take plenty of pictures, please?

  5. william says:

    funny what fraze says considering this shot is not from the 80s. it’s from the 70s.

  6. blinddog says:

    Cool picture. I’m trying to figure out which arcade games are featured. I got three of the four (right to left)
    74 midway TV basketball, Unknown, 75 Atari Anti-Aircraft and 76 Kee Games Sprint2

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