Remember when you actually had to go to an arcade to play a video game? Not only that but you had to make sure you had enough quarters to play. Or, you did like we did and taped a quarter to a piece of string and "tricked the machine" into thinking you're putting in quarters.

Regardless, there was something special about playing those stand up video games. Getting the high score and putting in your three initials in there and seeing it stand for weeks on end until some a-hole came and knocked off your high score.

This list was originally called "My Top 5 Favorite..." but after finding all the other games I used to play, it quickly turned into a Top 10. Those were the days. Granted, the graphics were not good, to say the least but it was fun. These are the top 5 games I used to love to play.


  • ExciteBike

    This one, you had 2 laps to beat your time. If you did, you moved on. The tracks got more difficult the farther you went. Plus, you had to be careful your bike didn't overheat.Otherwise, you lose precious seconds.

  • Donkey Kong

    I spent hours upon hours playing this game. The frustrating part was when you know damn well you jumped that barrel and you still died. Or worse yet, when you have a hammer and it goes away right as a barrel is coming toward you.

  • Galaga

    This may be my all time favorite video game. Another one i spent hour and hours playing. Remember the "challenge stage?" You had to make sure that when you got the second ship, you stayed exactly where it put you in order to get all of the aliens. If you played the game, you know what I'm talking about.

  • Dig Dug

    There wasn't much to this game. You had to dig your way through the ground and kill these creatures without letting them escape through the surface. Filling them with air or whatever that was. You could also drop rocks on their head but you had to time it just right.

  • Burger Time

    In Burger Time, you had to climb different levels to build a burger. Walking over and eventually knocking down the bun, lettuce, etc. to the bottom. All the while, watching out for sausages and eggs.

  • Wizard of Wor

    Looking back on it, this game and it's graphics were pretty primitive but I remember thinking, "Wow. These graphics are amazing."

  • Phoenix

    How cool was it to blast the flying birds in two. Kind of cool graphics for the time. Then the "mother ship" as we called it. You had to get the last shot just right, to kill the mother ship.

  • Pac Man

    This game was so hot back in the day, they even had a song about it. Holy crap was it bad.

    What always blew me away was the people who had all the patterns to get through tons of levels. If I remember right, there was a book too with cheats. Plus, there was a Saturday morning cartoon.

  • Asteroids

    Probably the game with the most simple graphics but still tough to beat. It was even a fun game to play on the Atari 2600. At least Atari added color.

  • Castlevania

    Another game we played for many hours at our local bowling alley. I remember when this came out on NES, how close the graphics were to the original game. Unlike games like Pac Man on the Atari 2600.