Galaga [1981] |Arcade|

In cinema it is held that sequels are not as good as the original. A few notable exceptions, such as “The Godfather, Part II” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” prove that that doesn’t always have to be the case. With video games, sequels are almost always better than their predecessors. Sometimes, certain exceptions (mirror) apply but the trend is that developers will refine gameplay, improve graphics, add features, and just generally add a layer of spit and polish. Galaga is a great example of this.
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Space Invaders [1978] |Arcade| HONORABLE MENTION

Few moments are so conversation-halting as when the Generation Gap rears its ugly head. A jovial discussion can be ruined when a middle-aged woman makes a joke about “Dark Side of the Moon,” only for her pre-teen son to furrow his eyebrows and ask “What’s that?” On the other hand, when that same woman mentions an arcade game she played in high school and receives a quite positive reaction, something magical happens. You know that that arcade game has to be something special in order to bridge two generations.

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