The greatest arcade games of the '80s

poll Pac-Man or Space Invaders? Frogger, maybe? Cast your vote for which game was the best of that bygone era.

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June 8, 2007

Imagine you have a time machine, a pocket full of quarters and a Walkman with Bob Seger and Rod Stewart cassettes (OK, you can bring your own). Your mission is to travel back to the '80s, the golden age of arcade games, and play your favorite one.

Which would you pick?

From the launch of Space Invaders in 1978 until home game consoles became popular in the mid-'90s, arcades, pizza parlors and bars were the center of the electronic gaming world. The arcade machines may be forgotten, but the classic games keep coming back for another ride on a new console. This past week, for instance, saw the and the release of a new, .

Please vote for your favorite arcade game of the 1980s (right) and click to see the current results of the poll. Then, check back later to see if others agree.

Need to jog your memory? Check out this gallery of the . Below are thumbnails and summaries from the newer versions of the original games. The photo credits and review ratings are courtesy of GameSpot (GameSpot is a division of CNET Networks, publisher of News.com).

Asteroids

Asteroids

A 1998 version of Asteroids for PlayStation was so cool you could actually shoot at realistic-looking space rocks. GameSpot rated it 7.0 out of 10.
Vote for Asteroids in our poll at the right.
Centipede

Centipede

A version of Centipede was released for the PC in 1998. GameSpot liked it and gave it a 6.9 rating.
Vote for Centipede in our poll at the right.
Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

Nintendo's Donkey Kong returned this year with a version for the Wii. But GameSpot threw the barrel over Niagara Falls with a 4.6 rating.
Vote for Donkey Kong in our poll at the top right.
Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair, one of the first laser disc-based arcade games, translated well to later consoles. GameSpot gave a 7.5 to its Game Boy Color 2001 version.
Vote for Dragon's Lair in our poll at the top right.
Frogger

Frogger

Frogger hopped back into the limelight with a 2006 version for the Xbox 360. GameSpot liked it and gave it a grade of 7.0.
Vote for Frogger in our poll at the top right.
Mario Bros.

Mario Bros.

The original plumbers from the arcade classic have grown into the standard bearers for Nintendo games. GameSpot gave the recent Wii version an 8.3.
Vote for Mario Bros. in our poll at the top right.
Pac-Man

Pac-Man

One of the all-time greats, Pac-Man was most recently added to the list of Xbox 360 games this month. GameSpot gave it 7.9.
Vote for Pac-Man in our poll at the top right.
Pole Position

Pole Position

The car racing game was very popular on the Commodore 64. This image is from an unrated 2005 version for handhelds.
Vote for Pole Position in our poll at the top right.
Space Invaders

Space Invaders

The original Space Invaders made a return trip in 1999 on the Nintendo 64. It bombed--GameSpot gave it a 3.3 rating.
Vote for Space Invaders in our poll at the top right.
Tron

Tron

Tron moved from the arcade to the silver screen to the PC in 2003. GameSpot gave it a 7.1 review. An Xbox Live version will be out this summer.
Vote for Tron in our poll at the top right.


 

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