Want to hear a sad tale? I live in CT, and we have this amusement park called Lake Compounce. Ok there is a lake there too, and they built an amusement park around it. Mind you, this thing was like THE thing to do in Central Connecticut in like...the 40's and 50's...by the 80's the place was run down, falling apart. They did have a big old arcade tho, and one day in the mid 80's when they were going out of business they had FOR SALE signs on all the coin ops.
$50 bucks. $100 Bucks. Back then it may as well have been a million dollars, and of course "Where would you put this thing!?" comes to mind, not like I had a place of my own I was just going into High School.
They had all the classics, and even mechanical games that pre-dated the "video" games......games like this: I hope they all found good homes, but I'm guessing most found a trash compactor...those old giant mechanical games were just too huge to move around. There were two I loved, one was this big cushioned chair you sat in, it was some "FIGHTER ACE" type game. (no that ain't the name). The chair swiveled left and right which in turn had a joystick on one of the arms of the chair. On a curved screen was projected enemy aircraft that would appear, and you used the swivel of the chair andt he joystick and a button on top to "shoot them". Mind you this is pre-electronic gaming, this is like late 60's early 70's.....lots of "projected image" games existed then. There was another one.....a helicopter simulator, where you were basically seeing on screen a blow-up of what was obviously a miniature model of a city...very cool stuff.
EXAMPLES of the types of games I'm talkin bout......