OutRun86 1st Birthday post : Arcade History

Today’s a cool day for OutRun86 blog….. It’s 1 Year old today!

After 1 year OutRun fans who have their own sites or share OutRun related stuff on Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr have helped to keep new photos and articles coming.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far and if you have anything else to share send your stuff via email to taggsta@gmail.com.

To celebrate today I thought a good post would be to share Jamma’s Arcade History pages from their Japanese site…of course it includes OutRun and some other great machine that I have personally loved playing in the arcades from the 70’s and onwards.
Check out the Arcade History photos below.

The 1960’s….a little before my time!

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The 1970’s….I own a 70’s tabletop machine and love it to bits. I have fond memories of playing Space Invaders and Monaco GP at the arcades in the late 70’s.

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1980’s…. My favorite era …There she is a Deluxe OutRun,Afterburner and Hang-on. Other great machines that used to swallow up my parents coins include the rotating WEC LeMans and Operation Wolf.

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1990’s ….. Being a huge SEGA fan Virtua Racing and the R360 were awesome games that gave you a experience like no other at the arcade. The R360 was an amazing thrill ride, it sure drew crowds around it.

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For me the 70’s,80’s and 90’s are my favorite memories of the arcade. There’s probably not one reason for this but many.
As a kid it was a special occasion to go to an arcade, usual during your family holiday.
Maybe it was that the arcade back then allowed you to simulate driving a car, motorbike and jet plane..it’s the closed you get to it when your not old enough to have a Licence.
Maybe it was the noise and atmosphere of an arcade that was bustling with people playing and watching.

Nowadays I take my son to the arcade, it doesn’t feel the same anymore for me but I’m close to 40. One things for sure my 5 year old son loves it just like I did when I was kid!
Don’t let the arcade die…every kid should get the chance to enjoy it and have the great memories.

One last look at why I love the 80’s arcade the most!

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