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John Cougar

In the 1970s and '80s, arcades were some of the most popular spots. 

Here's John Cougar, known today as John Mellencamp, posing in front of a Q-Bert arcade game in 1983 in Detroit. 

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Boy vs. Krull

Hardcore gamer Jason Dallaire, 11, tries his skill against Krull in Seattle in 1983. 

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Playing Pac-Man in Times Square

Remember those barrettes? A girl plays Pac-Man at an arcade in New York's Times Square in 1982. 

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Personal arcade

For the rich or famous, arcades were anywhere you wanted them to be. Here, director Steven Spielberg poses with a Maneater arcade game at his Universal studios office in 1975.

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Playing Pac-Man

Some kids had to get creative to see the Pac-Man screen at this New York arcade in 1982. 

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Steve Strange playing The Invaders

Steve Strange, a Welsh pop singer, is photographed playing The Invaders at London's Club Hell in 1980. 

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Us Festival arcade

At the 1982 Us Festival in Devore, California, this casually dressed man seemingly has a whole arcade to himself. 

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Pac-Man was serious business

Things get heated at a Pac-Man machine in 1983.

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Video Battle Centre

Here's the entrance to the Video Battle Centre, a London arcade, in 1979. 

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Hanging out at the arcade

A group of friends pose in a Chicago arcade in 1987. 

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Playing at the amusement arcade

Gamer Ian Pollard plays Defender at a London arcade in 1983. 

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Atari International Asteroids Tournament

A woman watches someone play at the Atari International Asteroids Tournament in San Francisco in 1981. 

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Gaming in Colorado

Gamers Brien Mynheir (foreground) and David Weaver play Defender at a Golden, Colorado arcade in 1983. 

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Pac-Man on the Pier

Photographed by Ira Nowinski, here's a young man playing Pac-Man at San Francisco's Pier 39 arcade in 1981. 

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A full house playing Pac-Man

Nowinski then zoomed out to snap a group of youths playing simultaneously at the same Pier 39 arcade. 

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Gathering to play in Santa Cruz, California

An arcade in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1981. 

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Inside the Atari International Asteroids Tournament

Here's an overhead shot of the Atari International Asteroids Tournament. 

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Chuck E. Cheese arcade

In 1981, Nowinski took this photo of young people playing Wizard of Wor and Star Castle at a Chuck E. Cheese in San Mateo, Calif. 

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Galaxian and Astro Blaster

At the same Chuck E. Cheese, there was also Galaxian and Astro Blaster along with Wizards of Wor and Star Castle. 

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Kids playing at the arcade

Kids in 1982 play various arcade games, such as Asteroids and Pac-Man. 

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Gaming in Iran

At an Iranian arcade in 1994, a boy plays a Sega racing game. 

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Pick your favorite

At the Santa Cruz arcade, there were multiple games to play, such as Star Castle, Scramble and Asteroids. 

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Up close with Dragon's Lair

Here's a classic photo of the Dragon's Lair arcade game in July 1983. 

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A young man's game? Maybe not.

Arcade games aren't just for young people. Check out these two business-suited men playing Pac-Man in Glendale, Colorado in 1985.

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Burton Cummings playing Tempest

The Guess Who's singer, Burton Cummings, plays the Tempest video game at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto in 1982.

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