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Oldest coin-op games

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Old fashioned fun

For some gamers, old-school means the Nintendo Entertainment System. Others go back further to the Atari 2600, or perhaps even Pong.

But if you really want to talk about old-school gaming, you should talk to your grandparents. And their parents.

While video games are largely thought of as a relatively recent phenomenon, their predecessors — arcade games — have been around since the 1800s. Long before Steamboat Willie introduced Mickey Mouse to the world and prior to the kickoff of the first World Cup (both occurred in 1930), people were paying to play games.

Here's a look at some of the more notable ones.


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