The challenge of High Scores

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The dawn of the video arcade game was preceded by electro-mechanical games, such as Sega’s 1966’s hit  Periscope and 1969’s Duck Hunt. These games set the standard of a quarter to

play and had to print a ticket with your high score! Players scores were evaluated based on the number of hits. People would compete with each other to see who could get the higher score, making it much more challenging to beat friends when the base game was pretty easy to win.


The arcades and carnivals set the stage for Galaxy Game, Galaxy Game was a coin operated copy of Spacewar set up by some students in 1971, but electronic games didn’t pick up wide spread adoption until Pong!




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