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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Arcade gaming hits the big 4-0


Arcade gaming turns 40 this year. In this July 11, 2011 photo, Mark Pearson, president of the Arizona Pinball Players League, plays the 1993 version of Indiana Jones Pinball Adventure in his basement pinball arcade in Phoenix. (Charlie Leight - AP)

It used to be a matter of course: teens on summer break would show up just a tad early to the movies, feed some bills into the change machine and head to the arcade.

The first known-coin operated arcade game made its debut at Stanford University in 1971. In the 40 years since, many iconic arcade games have been ported to consoles, but I think there’s still nothing quite like sidling up to a game with your pockets full of coins.

In honor of this year’s anniversary, game accessory maker KontrolFreek and polling firm IBOPE Zogby asked gamers to name their top 10 arcade titles.

The favorites? According to the survey, gamers were the biggest fans of: Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Pong, Mortal Kombat and Galaga.

Old games are getting new lives nowadays — The Hollywood Reporter reported earlier this month that Space Invaders could soon be a movie — so we can only hope that we’ll see a resurgence of the golden age of arcades.

What are your favorite arcade titles and why?

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