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]