I'd say the 80's were probably my favourite period too. Yes, the games were crap, but, we didn't know any better then.
At least they were cheap, and very so often you'd come across a gem which made all the dross worthwhile. For me at least, there was real excitement when an arcade game came into the home. As the arcades back then were way more powerful than our crappy home computers. Back then, they were special. You'd go in, put your 50p into Outrun and be in awe of the astonishing graphics and dream that one day you'd be able to have games which looked as good as that in the home.
Also, developers back then were more original. They'd take a chance on more abstact concepts. Games like The Sentinel, Elite, Driller, Paradroid, et al.
Now it's become a multi million pound industry, and whilst the games are better, they're also soulless.
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