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Coin-op conversions: from the arcades to your home

Arcades experienced immense popularity during the 1980s and 1990s, serving as social hubs where people gathered to enjoy video games. Before the rise of poker machines, individuals frequented pubs or dedicated arcades to play video games known as coin-operated machines or coin-ops. These machines required players to insert coins to start playing, creating a pay-to-play model that was both thrilling and addictive.

As home video game consoles and computers advanced, many popular arcade games were adapted for these platforms. The transition allowed players to enjoy their favorite games in the comfort of their own homes. Systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Sega Genesis, and various home computers saw ports of arcade hits, often with slight modifications due to hardware limitations.

Coin-operated machines not only provided entertainment but also influenced game design, community building, and the overall trajectory of the gaming industry.

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Double Dragon II: The Revenge

DOS19884.2/5 Technos Japan
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Double Dribble

DOS19903.9/5 Novotrade Software
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Dragon's Lair

DOS1989protected3.7/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp

DOS1990protected4.1/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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Dragon's Lair 3: The Curse of Mordread

DOS1992protected3.9/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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Exterminator

DOS19903.5/5 The Assembly Line
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Forgotten Worlds

DOS19914/5 Capcom
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Frogger

DOS19834.1/5 Konami
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Galaxian

DOS19834/5 Namco
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Gauntlet

DOS19864.1/5 Mindscape
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Gauntlet 2

DOS19894.1/5 Atari
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Golden Axe

DOS19914.2/5 Sega
Golden Axe is a classic arcade game developed by Sega and released in 1989. It's a side-scrolling beat 'em up game set in a fantasy world where players choose one of three characters: a barbarian, a dwarf, or an amazon, each with their own strengths and abilities.The game follows the quest of these heroes to rescue the King and Princess of Yuria fr...
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Guerrilla War

DOS19873.5/5 SNK Corporation
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Hard Drivin'

DOS19903.7/5 Atari
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Heavy Barrel

DOS19893.4/5 Data East
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House of the Dead

Windows XP/98/9519984.2/5 Sega
House of the Dead is an old horror-themed rail shooter game, developed and released by Sega in 1998. The whole gameplay can be summarized in a single sentence "a first-person 3D shooting gallery with zombies". House of the Dead runs on older version of Windows, so you may need a virtual machine to play it properly.
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Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road

DOS19883.6/5 SNK Corporation
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Invaders 78

DOS2000freewareremake4.2/5
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Ivan 'Iron Man' Stewart's Super Off Road

DOS19904.2/5 Leland
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Jackal

DOS19894.1/5 Konami
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Joe and Mac Cavemen Ninja

DOS19914.2/5 Data East
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Joust VGA

DOS1990remake4.4/5
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Karnov

DOS19873.5/5 Data East
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Kingdom: The Far Reaches

Windows XP/98/95Mac OS1995protected3.9/5 Virtual Image Productions
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Klax

DOS19903.8/5 Atari
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Konami's Ping Pong

DOS19964.2/5 Konami
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Magic Johnson's Basketball

DOS19893.3/5 Sculptured Software
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Marble Madness

DOS19873.7/5 Atari
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