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Stunning Snaps of California Arcades from the 80's

A California university managed to obtain a collection of beautiful monochrome photographs taken by Ira Nowinski of the arcade game scene around Bay Area during the early 1980s. We're all video game fans in one way or another, so we bet you'd like to have a sneak peak of these stunning snaps of retro arcades!

Video games have a fascinating past that is as nostalgic as anything you can slap the “retro” label with, and nothing probably shows it best than the series of photographs California’s Stanford University Library scored last year. Between 1980 and 1981, award-winning photographer Ira Nowinski traversed the San Francisco Bay Area and took hundreds of glorious monochrome photographs of video arcades. Gamers young and old, boys and girls, are immortalized in full concentration while hunched over nostalgic arcade titles like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac-Man.

From around 650 35mm photographs snagged by Stanford, only a handful have been digitized, some of which you can see below:

According to Edge, while the library’s primary goal is to archive games from the early ‘90s (including the consoles to play them on), its collection actually dates as far back as the ’70s. Needless to say, Nowinski’s photographs have joined an amazing compilation, which is in fact, the largest collection of video game paraphernalia in the world.

So, video game fans, will you be making a pilgrimage to Stanford University Library anytime soon? Tell us what you think about these photos with a comment below!

All information for this article were sourced from Kotaku and Edge.

written by plasticpopsicle

1 comment

  1. neanderthalis

    neanderthalis

    Pac-Man, my first video game addiction.

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