With a thread on the most anticipated games of 2012 I got thinking of the most popular game of all time and that is Pac Man. Kids were lined up out the door at conveince stores waiting to play the game and when the game came out on Atari they couldn't make them fast enough. I don't know why it was so popular but did people go nuts over that game.
“When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
― Groucho Marx
On the home computer, a simple graphic oriented game originated in Russia called Tetris. Simple, easy to program for the home computers of the day, this puzzle game also became highly addictive. It is still available for your cell phone and other game capable devices. http://www.tetris.com/
I liked Pac Man, but Space Invaders and Asteroids were my faves. I got Space Invaders (the original) ported for iphone by the original company (Taito). You can get ports of a lot of classic games for smartphones and tablets, Doom, Tetris and others, got a Midway Arcade app with ports of Defender and Spy Hunter among others.
Angry Birds is amusing (and Angry Birds Space is better) but my fave mobile game is Infinity Blade I and II.
I do miss the old arcades, seems they have died out mostly. Funny thing is when I moved here to Europe in 1996-there were still a couple of good arcades in the 98-2002 period or so. One downtown that had a lot of classics and a very cool tank simulator called Tokyo Wars. You actually sat down and had levers to control the tank which moved and shook when you fired a gun or got hit. Spent a lot of coin there between university classes. I guess PC and consoles and now mobile gaming has killed that off.
I never got past the beginning of the 2nd stage of Donkey Kong. I kept falling off the crap. I also had this hand-held game I had with me all the time of Space Invaders. I wore the poor thing out. Like I have a golf game. Only kind of golf I play.