by Hannah Ollier
The golden age of arcade video games was the era of the greatest popularity and technological innovation. It also spawned numerous cultural icons and even gave some companies their identities. Some of the popular games are still noticed today such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Centipede. The success of these early video games has led many hobbyists who were teenagers during the Golden Age. The golden age was also a time of great technical and design and creativity in arcade games. The era saw a rapid spread of video arcades across North America, Europe, and Asia. Beginning with Space Invaders, video arcade games also started appearing in supermarkets, restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations and many other retail establishments. For the first time, there were women in arcades, and kids both boys and girls. The arcades had mostly older teens and older men. Arcades changed the dialogue and the social contract. It made more permissible for everyone to be included in arcade culture.
Pac-Man would become a key part of the art of video games. Pac-Man prompted designers to experiment with a broader range of characters, environment, and stories in their games. From games that trade in stealth mechanics, avoiding pursuers in achieving the goals, to games that have linear collection mechanic, the echo of Pac-Man, or ghost, can be observed today from that one game. Suddenly their were "Pac-Man Fever",board games, cartoons, cereal, clothing. There are not many games that are re-playable form generation to generation that still have the same level of difficulty or complexity or challenge but Pac-Man is one of them.
Garbage Pail Kids were designed to look like the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, which were very popular at the time. Each card features a Garbage Patch Kid character and having some comical abnormality, deformity and/or suffering a terrible fate, with a humorous word play character name. People would try to collected these cards for the amusement and seeing what funny character they got.