Photos: Vintage Video Arcade


It’s no secret spent many of his pre-teen years hanging around malls video arcades hoisting quarters in Dig-Dug, Defender, Asteroids, Q*Bert and the like. Surprisingly little of this era was documented, which is what makes this set of photos on Flickr so amazing. Apparently they are from a set of slides that were rescued from a dumpster.

For the record,’s favorite arcade way back when was called Starship Fantasy in Northwest Phoenix. The place was a mix between a disco and a bad science-fiction set, not unlike many of these photos.

Look: Retro Arcade – a photoset on Flickr


P.S. Best guess to the era of these photos is early Eighties. Note the trucker hats(!)

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