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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.

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The most famous arcade emulator is undoubtedly MAME (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 -
Windows / Mac OS / Linux Final Burn Neo -
Windows / Mac OS / Linux Daphne Emulator for Laser Disc arcade games
Mac OS Open Emu 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) -