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PlayStation

January 11, 2017

Sony’s PlayStation can be seen as a revolutionary console, completely changing the video game console market from Nintendo’s domination and...

Tron and Pole Position | Early Arcade History

January 6, 2017

Tron (1982) Tron was inspired and a tie in to Disney’s film of the same name. The game was unusual...

Neo Geo

January 4, 2017

SNK’s Neo Geo is known for being the most powerful machine of its time, and also one of the most...

Donkey Kong and Dig Dug | Early Arcade History

December 30, 2016

Ms Pac Man wasn’t the only sequel to an arcade machine produced in 1982. Donkey Kong Junior is the successor...

Game Gear

December 28, 2016

The Sega Game Gear is an 8-bit handheld games console that was ultimately developed to compete with the Game Boy...

Christmas Games to Play this Year!

December 23, 2016

It’s only a few days til christmas, so why not play these classics for some festive-fun this holiday season! Holiday...

Ms Pac-Man and Zaxxon

December 23, 2016

By 1982, the arcade industry was booming and well into its ‘golden years’. This can be reflected by some of...

Atari Lynx

December 21, 2016

The Atari Lynx was an 8-bit handheld console that was originally distributed around North America in 1989. The system is...

Defender

December 16, 2016

Eugene Jarvis’s Defender stands today as one of the most influential and popular Arcade machines that was released in the...

Mario: From Arcade to iOS

December 15, 2016

Mario first jumped onto our screens in 1981 in the hit arcade classic Donkey Kong. This platformer game was revolutionary...

Mega Drive

December 14, 2016

The Sega Mega Drive has been titled one of the best video game consoles of all time. Similarly to our...

Turbo and Galaga | Early Arcade History

December 9, 2016

Turbo (1981) Sega’s Turbo has shown to be one of the most popular games of 1981. Furthermore, it presented a...

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

December 7, 2016

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was the follow-up system to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The Japanese release of...

The Last Guardian

December 6, 2016

The Last Guardian was in development for eight whole years. The production team came across many issues such as software...

Frogger and Bosconian

December 2, 2016

Frogger (1981) Frogger, developed by Konami, is regarded as one of the hits of the golden age of video games....

Nintendo Game Boy

November 30, 2016

Game Boy Nintendo’s Game Boy was released in 1989, and quickly became a worldwide success. The device featured 8-bit graphics...

Donkey Kong | Early Arcade History

November 25, 2016

Nintendo’s Donkey Kong is possibly one of the most influential games ever released in the video game history, kick-starting the...

Sega Master System

November 23, 2016

When History passes judgement, many might sum up the Sega Master System as a failure, but this would be unfair...

Scramble + Jump Bug | Early Arcade History 1981

November 18, 2016

By 1981, the popularity of arcade cabinets was in a boom cycle. In this year some huge titles were created,...

NES

November 16, 2016

The Nintendo Entertainment System (or the NES) was originally released in Japan under the name of ‘Family Computer’ (Famicom) in...

Xbox - 15 years on

November 15, 2016

To celebrate Xbox’s 15th birthday, we look into where it all started… The Xbox is Microsoft’s addition to the games-console...

Mini NES

November 12, 2016

Mini NES The tribute to the highly esteemed Nintendo Entertainment System was released yesterday in the form of the Mini...

Missile Command and Berzerk | Early Arcade History - 1980

November 11, 2016

Berzerk (1980) In 1980, Stern Electronics released Berzerk, which was a multi-directional shooter game. However, Berzerk had very controversial past,...

PlayStation - From Retro to Pro

November 10, 2016

Sony have come a long way since their first console – the PlayStation. A whopping twenty-two years and eight consoles...

Atari 7800

November 9, 2016

The Atari 7800 was the follow-up system to the Atari 5200, and was developed as a response to the overwhelming...

Space Panic, Rally X & Battlezone

November 4, 2016

Space Panic (1980) Space Panic is often alluded to as the first platform game, as it predates more successful titles...

ColecoVision

November 2, 2016

The ColecoVision was a home console released in 1982. The console was sadly very short-lived being discontinued only three years...

Top 5 Arcade Games to Play this Halloween...

October 31, 2016

We countdown our favourite Halloween-themed arcade games… 1. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Series When it comes to horror games, Ghosts n...

Pac-Man

October 28, 2016

The 1980s were a decade where the video game market flourished. In 1980 itself, one of the most iconic video...

Intellivision

October 26, 2016

The Intellivision is an early games console developed by Mattel Electronics, and is seen as the main competitor to the...

Early Arcade History - 1979

October 21, 2016

Radar Scope (1979) Nintendo’s Radar Scope was thought of as a huge commercial failure across America. However, in Japan was...

Nintendo Game and Watch

October 19, 2016

The Nintendo Game and Watch refers to a series of handheld electronic games which were released between 1980 and 1991....

Virtual Reality - The Arcade Come-Back?

October 17, 2016

Virtual Reality (VR) has been discussed pretty much from the dawn of technology and the popularisation of using it in...

Galaxian and Asteroids - 1979

October 14, 2016

After the success of Space Invaders in 1978, the video game market started to develop and grow as companies such...

Atari 2600 - Part 2

October 12, 2016

Hey guys! Thanks for reading the blog today, just to let you know that this is the second part of...

Early Arcade History - 1978 - Part 2

October 7, 2016

Gee Bee (1978) Gee Bee was the first game developed at Namco, and was designed by Toru Iwatani (who later...

Atari 2600 - Part 1

October 5, 2016

The Atari 2600, or Atari VCS (Video Computer System), stands proud as one of the longest running video game consoles,...

Space Invaders - Early Arcade History

September 30, 2016

1978 was a landmark year in gaming history, as it marked the start of the ‘Golden Age’ of arcade gaming....

Magnavox Odyssey

September 28, 2016

The Magnavox Odyssey, although not being a major success, still stands at the world’s first commercial home video games console....

Early Arcade History - 1976 Part 2

September 23, 2016

Road Race / Moto-Cross / Fonz (1976) As we move into the late 70s, racing became big news in the...

New Console Series!

September 21, 2016

Hello again! Bespoke Arcades would like to announce that we are starting a new series all about consoles! Starting from...

EGX

September 20, 2016

Bespoke Arcades are excited to announce that we will be at EGX later on this week! We will be there...

Early Arcade History: '75 - '76

September 16, 2016

In the years 1975 – 1976, the arcade and video games market started to expand out to include more complicated...

Early Arcade History: Mid 70s Games

September 9, 2016

During 1973 and early 1974, many of the Arcade games being produced were different variations of Atari’s Pong. Churning out...

Star Trek 50!

September 8, 2016

Here at Bespoke Arcades we love Star Trek! Today marks the 50th anniversary of when the show first aired back...

Legends Of Gaming Live!

September 6, 2016

Here at Bespoke Arcades we are extremely excited to announce that we will be attending Legends of Gaming Live this...

Pong - Early Arcade History 1972

September 2, 2016

Pong 1972 was a pivotal year in the development of the gaming market. In this year, Atari was formed and...

Our New Series...

August 31, 2016

As a few of our followers may have already seen, the first in our new series of blogs was uploaded...

London Film and Comic Con 2016

August 19, 2016

As many of you may know, on the 29th-31st July, Bespoke Arcades attended London Film and Comic con. We’d like...

Retro Christmas Games

November 27, 2015

With the sleigh bells ringing and jolly old St. Nick and his elves on their way, why not spice up...