The year was 1986, Top Gun and Aliens were lighting up the big screen, Madonna and the Pet Shop Boys were blasting out the airwaves and video game arcades were still a thing.
Back in those days the ultimate way to play video games was by visiting your local arcades with a bag of change. After all, it was state of the art technology that seemed light years ahead of the ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 that was sitting under your TV at home.
Names like Sega, Atari, Konami, Taito and Namco became synonymous with gaming, largely due to their impact and legacy in the arcade world and, what's more, it's where many popular franchises started. Remember last years Darius Blast and Gauntlet on PS4? Have you heard about the new Rampage film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson? Those wouldn't exist now if it wasn't for people feeding quarters into their machines way back when.
This is where true innovations took place and the genres that we know and love today were shaped and molded. All these games are true classics and play every bit as well today as they did back then. So jump in your DeLorean and let's take a trip...
Kieren is from England and is a well known figure in gaming circles. As a writer he is probably best known for his work on the award-winning Retro Gamer magazine but over the years he has written for numerous publications and websites. A keen games collector himself, he is also the organiser of several UK-based gaming events and has a big social media presence.