An arcade game or coin-op is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in public businesses such as restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. Most arcade games are video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games, redemption games or merchandisers. While exact dates are debated, the golden age of arcade video games is usually defined as a period beginning sometime in the late 1970s and ending sometime in the mid-1980s. Excluding a brief resurgence in the early 1990s, the arcade industry subsequently declined in the Western hemisphere as competing home-based video game consoles such as Playstation and Xbox increased in their graphics and game-play capability and decreased in cost.
“Coin-operated arcade games rose in popularity in the late seventies and eighties, but the growing quality of home computers and consoles led to a demise in the West of the arcade halls.
The first mass-produced arcade machine produced was **Computer Space**, based on the popular computer game, **Spacewar!**. Computer Space was created by Nolan Bushnell, who would create the game that really launched the coin-operated arcade game as a medium: **Pong**.
The most famous arcade emulator is undoubtedly [MAME](https://www.mamedev.org) (which originally stood for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, but since the merge with MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), it is no longer used as it supports more than arcade machines).
Platform | Emulator | Notes
:- | – | –
Windows / Mac OS / Linux | [MAME](https://www.mamedev.org) | –
Windows / Mac OS / Linux |[Final Burn Neo](https://github.com/finalburnneo/FBNeo)| –
Windows / Mac OS / Linux | [Daphne](http://www.daphne-emu.com/site3/index_hi.php) | Emulator for Laser Disc arcade games
Mac OS | [Open Emu](https://openemu.org) | Support for MAME in the experimental download
Retroarch | Various arcade emulators supported (inc. MAME, FBNeo and Daphne) | –
RetroPie | Various arcade emulators supported (inc. MAME, FBNeo and Daphne) | –
* [UK Video Arcade Collectors Forum](http://www.ukvac.com)
* [The International Arcade Museum / KLOV](https://www.arcade-museum.com)”