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).
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|Windows / Mac OS / Linux||Daphne||Emulator for Laser Disc arcade games|
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|Retroarch||Various arcade emulators supported (inc. MAME, FBNeo and Daphne)||-|
|RetroPie||Various arcade emulators supported (inc. MAME, FBNeo and Daphne)||-|