Arcade Games - Round 1d
(6) Dragon's Lair v (11) Out Run
Costing stacks of quarters for seconds of play, the appeal of Dragon's Lair was its astonishing LaserDisc animations created by Don Bluth.
Sega's most successful game in the 80's, this driver let you select your own soundtrack as you steered your Ferrari.
(3) Donkey Kong v (14) Missile Command
This is the game that introduced Mario to the world, jumping barrels and climbing ladders to save Pauline. As a rival to Pac-Man, Donkey Kong established Ninetendo in the US and launched a franchise.
A true product of the Cold War, this game ended when the player failed to protect the last of six cities, showing an ominous "The End" instead of "Game Over."
(7) Golden Tee v (10) Mortal Kombat
Ubiquitous in bars, Golden Tee used a track ball to simulate golf. Its eventual networked version spawned tournaments in the 90's.
Its graphic violence was controversial, but Mortal Kombat spawned a massive franchise of games, series, and films.
(2) Space Invaders v (15) After Burner
Among the most influential games of all time, the success of Space Invaders helped launch an industry. It was the first with saved high scores, and the first with continuous music.