Today we live in a world overloaded with video games. I couldn’t find an exact number of the video games ever released, but taking into account all the computers and personal entertainment systems ever built, it should total somewhere around half a million. New games are constantly released for smartphones, tablets, smart watches and computers, some of them by professional game studios, others by independent developers. It is hard to imagine that there was a time when gaming was a thing only available in arcades.
Coin operated games were revolutionary, allowing gaming to become so popular that people took it in their living rooms (in the form of consoles) and studies (in the form of PCs). Some of the games only offer their player the reward of completing all the levels, finishing off all “bosses” and beating high scores, others, like the ones you can find at the Red Flush online casino, reward their best players with more tangible prizes, like cold, hard cash in their pockets.
(1) Red Flush
Red Flush has an up to date list of its winners scrolling on its website, offering its visitors a hint on what they should expect once inside. Taking a look on their Winners Wall, you will see just how profitable it can be to play their games. The list is filled with wins of hundreds, thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars across all the gaming outlets in the group the Red Flush is part of. To have a shot of seeing your name there all you have to do is visit the Red Flush, create an account, make a deposit and choose the game that most appeals to you. And have the best luck you can.
But in the times past, it was an honor to be the best ever player on a certain game. And with the games’ fame surviving the times past, the names of their champions have also lived on until today.
(2) Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong was one of the highest grossing coin operated game of all times. It was later released on Nintendo’s home consoles, and it got its PC remake (not to mention its versions and clones on all platforms). The highest score ever achieved at Donkey Kong was 1,068,000 points, achieved by 41 year old plastic surgeon Hank Chien, on January 10, 2011 – showing that this legendary game is still played today.
Pac-Man is one of the most iconic arcade game characters in history. It is also the top grossing coin operated game ever – it has accumulated revenues of $3.5 billion (that would be over $7.5 billion, if we take inflation into account) by 1990. The game lives on through a cornucopia of adaptations and modern versions, but the original arcade game is still played today. The biggest score ever to be obtained in Pac-Man was 3,333,360 – the high score was set by David Race in 2013, unbeaten ever since.
(4) Space Invaders
Space Invaders is maybe the most widely known arcade game of them all. It is also the second highest grossing coin operated game of all times. The top score of this game is not of the order of millions – it’s 110,510 points, obtained by a player named Richie Knucklez (not a joke!) in 2011. The previous record of 55,160 was set by Donald Hayes, a classic games champ, in 2003.