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TechRepublic declares greatest video game of the '80s to be...


We asked TechRepublic members which was the greatest video game of the 1980s, and 2700 votes and 260 comments later, your answer is playable right here. Don't say I never did anything for you.

Pac-Man won out with a solid 20% of the vote, but a close second was Other, at 18%. Joust, Galaga, Tempest, Defender, Missile Command, and Gorf all appear in this roll-up (it wasn't a comprehensive poll listing), but even together they can't unseat the Pac Daddy. Hail to the victor.

For those that missed it, Pac-Man has been updated for the 21st century and there are now World Championships for Pac-addicts. We have the pictures to prove it. Enjoy.

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20 comments
jhlamothe
jhlamothe

Asteroids you space cadet!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like he said Pac-man wasmindless and to girlie!!

rob.easton
rob.easton

As well as a Pac-Man genius, I could play Tank Battle, Defender and Robotron... you know, just so you don't think I'm a sissie or something.

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

FYI, if I could have embedded the Pac-Man widget into the blog, I would have, but it went a little buggy on me. Maybe next time.

TomB2
TomB2

One of the few games my future exwife understood, and learned from!!! LOL. It was great to play it again, with the beer and NO Quarter. Thanks for posting it.

johnradams
johnradams

My fraternity house received this strange beast of a box called "Asteroids" in about 1980. Until then, the only games available (anywhere, not just our fraternity house!)were the old-style pinball machines with analog clickers, counters, etc. Anyway, Asteroids was fascinating: the grpahics, sounds, etc. We liked it so much that it was usually in operation 20 or so hours every day. Yes, the late-night crew might play until 3 or so, and the early-birds would jump on at dawn. It ate quarters like nothing we had ever known. The machine broke after about a week, so we called the repait guy. Turns out it was overflowed with coins and crashed. After that, the owner was all-too-happy to drop by every few days and check on it :-) I would have loved to buy one and rent it out myself, but as I recall they were in very limited supply, and pretty pricey for a college student (especially at that time). As I recall, I saw my first Pac-Man a few months later, and it was exciting but a little girly for my/our tastes. Asteroids is/was far more manly. Back then, real men didn't need color :-)

kumar
kumar

i just hopped in a time machine and ....nice

kaspencer
kaspencer

Anyone who played Elite on the BBC Micro in about 1981-1982 will give the vote of "Best Video game of the 1980's". Its masterly use of the available graphics, capacity for strategic and absolute playability was second to none.

rinseout
rinseout

I loved Elite at the time but for me it was more like 85 onwards & the Disk Version. I still have the disk and manuals and quick reference cards etc but not the box.. great game and none of the sequels even came close - Elite + was ok but way too easy.. Nice mention!

support
support

What game came in 2nd thats called "Other"?

knudson
knudson

I used to play a Japanese bootlegged version of that where you got additional firepower and extra guys at 20K, 50K, 75K instead of just at 40K and 100K.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Bar nights in university, a tray full of draft beers and a stack of quarters..... Those were the days..... Probably not my favorite game of the 80s but certainly one that had a huge impact on the gaming world, drawing in many. James

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

At the risk of being burned at the stake or suffering the Spanish Inquisition (Insert Monty Python bit here), I will go on record and hope for mercy and understanding, when I say that I never, ever liked Pac Man. I might spend my quarters on Golden Tee golf or Air Hockey but never on Pac Man. I guess this explains why I didn't spend much time in arcades way back when. Well, that and the fact that I was either in college or working overtime as an accountant throughout the 1980s.

rob.easton
rob.easton

As a bored teen, my local arcade had 4 or 5 games. Pac-man was one. I saw a book that claimed to have the "patterns" figured out. I bought it, and within weeks I could play for 30 minutes on one quarter. I think I could score a million points or something. I was in the 9th key and everything! I've added this info to my resume but it doesn't seem to be getting me the interviews I expected.

motorcycletony222
motorcycletony222

You give the net a bad name. What are you going to do sell my email address now.You breached our contract, stated that I could download a driver, right. I bet you dont even have access to it. Message was edited by: beth.blakely@...

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

First, you can take your whiny a$$ elsewhere Second, you can relax a bit, calm down, and be a person Third, you can take a metal rod and push it firmly into your power supply on your computer Fourth, you can jump off a cliff and end your problems altogether Dude, what is your issue? If you need help with something, try the questions area! If you are just a baby, go away!

ljackson
ljackson

That's funny, I thought the title of the discussion involved video games.

sparker
sparker

Boy, someone forgot to take their happy pills today! Even techies need to take a break now and then and enjoy life. Just where is soddy daisy, UM anyway?

Shellbot
Shellbot

you don't like PacMan then?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

That was so much better than anything I could think of! Nice shot from the Birthday Girl

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

The difference is subtle - but distinctive. Video games would include all home computer and console games, many of which never appeared in an arcade. As such, shouldn't the result be amended?