What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

The word "arcade" is these days synonymous with video games, but it wasn't always that way.

In 1968, there was no such thing as a consumer video game. So arcades had to make do the old-fashioned way. With pinball machines, novelty amusement machines and lightgun games. There was even room for a fortune teller.

These amazing photos were taken in 1968 at Kansas City's Wonderland Arcade ("The World's Finest Arcade!"), and show what such a place looked like not only before video games, but before video games made everyone turn out the damn lights.

Also, $0.40 cheeseburgers? Yes please.

Wonderland Arcade, Kansas City, MO - 1968 [imgur, via Arcade Heroes]

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS

What Arcades Looked Like Before Video GamesS