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History of Coin Op Arcade Game Machine
- Jul 14, 2018 -

History of Coin Op Arcade Game Machine

In 1888, the German Stowek designed a machine called “automatic egg laying machine” based on the principle of the coin op vending machine. Just put a coin into the machine and “automatic laying hen” An egg with a scream. This "automatic egg laying machine" is seen as a prototype of a arcade game machine.

The "Music Box" game console that appeared in Germany at the beginning of this century is the arcade game machine that really started to be used in the entertainment industry. As soon as one coin is thrown, the wheel in the sound box will automatically rotate, and a series of unevenly distributed holes will strike the steel pieces of different lengths to play the music.

Later, the famous magician Burlem designed a coin-operated video game machine. Although it is an image, it is still mechanical. After the coin is coined, the operator can see the puppet and background movement from the observation hole.

In the era of economic depression, the gambling industry around the world is extremely prosperous, so many coin-operated machines such as poker machines (commonly known as mouse machines), horse-drawn machines, and golf pinball machines have sprung up, replacing the healthy entertainment industry. Until the 1930s, the United States launched a simulation game against competition, in which the "one-armed robber" game machine simulating the gun battle was very popular. Since then, game consoles that simulate various sports (such as shooting, basketball) have also appeared in casinos.

From the end of the 19th century to the 1950s and 1960s, most of the coin-operated game machines belonged to mechanical or simple circuit structures. The players were mostly young and adults. The occasion was limited to playgrounds, the program was less interesting, and the content was single. . But at the same time, with the rapid development of global electronic technology, the first electronic computer appeared in 1946 after the war, its technical achievements penetrated into various fields, and a revolution in the entertainment industry also began.