Before we could play games over the internet, gamers got together in poorly-lit rooms to play video games together. Those poorly-lit rooms were called arcades, and they were awesome. Some of the best arcade games were those that let you play side-by-side with your friends, either cooperatively or competitively. These eight arcade games are some of the best examples of just how awesome that time was.
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First published in 1989, NBA Jam was a staple in nearly every arcade in its day. It was an over-the-top 2-on-2 basketball game that was one of the first to feature NBA-licensed teams and players and their digital likenesses. Those likenesses were about all the realism that was included, as players could routinely jump super-high and pull off dunks that completely ignored the laws of physics, and hitting three shots in a row made you "on fire," giving you unlimited turbo and more accurate shooting. It was loads of fun, and all the easter eggs (like playing as former President Bill Clinton) kept things fresh for a long time.