Pac-Man

Q*bert (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Q-Bert

Hall of Fame Inductee
Q*bert
Original Release: 1982 (Arcade)
Developer: Gottlieb
Publisher: Gottlieb

While Pac-Man has become the symbol of arcade gaming from the early 80s, it’s way to forget that Pac-Man had competition. Namco’s most famous character had mass-market appeal beyond the video game realm. But it wasn’t alone and it had fierce competition. For years, it competed with Gottlieb’s Q*bert for the hearts and minds of gamers.

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Defender (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Defender
Hall of Fame Inductee
Original Release: 1980 (Arcade)
Developer: Williams Electronics
Publisher: Williams Electronics

Defender has slowly become one of the forgotten titles of the arcade era. It’s not as memorable as games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong. Yet in 1981, even while the world was suffering from Pac-Man fever, Defender made more money than the ghost-hunting pie guy. Defender is one of those games that despite its difficulty and its complex gameplay (for the time), it still pulled in the quarters.

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Galaga (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Galaga 
Original Release: 1981 (Arcade)
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Midway/Namco

1981 wasn’t exactly a year where video game companies were coming up with innovating games to unleash upon the masses. Most games were essentially copycats of previously released games with better graphics and sound to harness the newer and better technology available. Some games bucked the trend, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong but most "new" games in the arcade were just upgrades of previous available cabinet games. Galaga falls into the latter category but that does not discount its significance to the video game history. While it borrows a heavy amount with the formula created from Space Invaders, it helped maintain that genre of games well throughout the 80s.

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Pac-Man (MB Hall of Fame Inductee)

Hall of Fame Inductee
Pac-Man
Original Release: 1980
Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco/Midway

It would be an understatement to say that Pac-Man is a first-ballot hall of famer. Pac-Man, prior to the video game crash of 1983, was the pinnacle of video games. Pac-Man had become the mascot of the arcades. Even thirty years after its release, the original Pac-Man is incredibly popular and remakes and spin-offs are still profitable ventures for Namco.

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