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A beautiful, hilarious, touching, nostalgia-less photo tour of arcade life in the 70s and 80s

A beautiful, hilarious, touching, nostalgia-less photo tour of arcade life in the 70s and 80s

As gamers we have a tendancy to remember the arcade with rose-colored glasses. It was the motherland of video gaming, and we talk about it as though it was Eden itself.

It wasn't though. The arcade was just another place to go at the time, and that's on full display in this large collection of everyday photos from arcades in the late 70s and 80s.

Somehow that makes all of this even more endearing though. This isn't the classic view of the arcade we usually think of - my personal memory doesn't include quite so many sleazy dudes - but it's still a wonderful thing to watch so many families enjoying it together.

That said, this view is a little bit self-selecting. The fact is that most of the time when pictures are being taken there's a reason. Usually a family party or gathering of friends. So this collection will be biased toward displaying more families and groups than loners.

This photo essay doesn't capture every type of person or lifestyle that frequented the arcade. Case-in-point, out of the thousands of people pictured, less than a dozen are not caucasian. It's still a blast to flip through the pictures and take a walk down memory lane though.