Charleston Fun Park has attractions that are fun for the whole family. One of our attractions that get both kids and adults excited is our arcade venue! Take a quick look at the history of arcade games, how they’ve changed, and how they’ve remained the same:
A Quick History of the Arcade
Can you imagine a time when cars were still seen as luxury items, world wars weren’t even a consideration, and the economy was thriving? Well, that time was over 100 years ago! In 1909, the very first arcade game came out: skeeball. Skeeball alleys used to be 36 feet long! Now, the alleys are much shorter to attract a wide variety of people and increase your chance at success.
Twenty-two years later, in 1931, the first coin-operated machine was created. This game was called Baffle Ball. Because it required money to play instead of tokens, it was considered a form of gambling and was banned in many states!
Skip ahead a couple decades into the future – welcome to the Golden Age of the arcade! In the 1970’s and early 1980’s, arcade games and arcade venues reached the next level. During this time, America was introduced to exciting video games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger.
With the turn of the 21st century, video games increased in quality and more options became available. Arcade venues grew in size and popularity. (That’s why it’s no surprise that Charleston Fun Park is the go-to arcade venue in the Mount Pleasant area.)
How It’s Changed & How It’s Remained the Same
Arcade games have changed in various ways. Overall, they have gotten better. The quality of the screen, the response time, the challenge they present, and the associated sounds are just a few ways arcade games have improved.
There is one clear way they have remained the same: the amount of fun they provide. One hundred years ago, our great-grandparents were headed to arcade venues to have fun. A century later, we’re doing the same thing! Arcades have provides millions of people hours of fun and enjoyment for over 100 years.
Are you ready to have fun? Head over to Charleston Fun Park and check out our incredible arcade!