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Arcade Game of the Year – 1996

This was a really tough year to select a top 5. There were almost 15 that I had that I REALLY wanted to be in the top 5 and pruning them down was especially tough. You’re going to see a lot more 3D as the years go on, which isn’t always a good thing as you’ll find out. All the same, these top 5 are ones you especially need to check out, although there are a lot of great runner ups this year. There are 115 games this year, so let’s do this!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1995

This was a legitimately tough year to select a top 5, again because there were several good titles, but not so many great ones. Hey, the 80s had them too. That doesn’t mean this wasn’t a good year, but it does mean it probably wasn’t as good as some of the others. Still, I’m confident with my top 5. There are 131 games this year, so let’s get to it!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1994

This was a big year for gaming for a variety of reasons. Firstly, there were more and more Neo Geo games entering the market. Second, there were a LOT of 3D games. And finally, this is our first year for virtual reality! The game didn’t place, but hey. This was a fairly tough year because there were a lot of good games, but not necessarily great ones. There are 141 games this year, so let’s get to it!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1993

It’s come to my attention that I’ve missed a few games, specifically light gun games. I don’t think it matters much as I’m pretty confident in my picks so far, but just be advised that the runner ups may not contain all games for their respective years. There are 119 games this year, which tells me I either did a more thorough job this time around or it was that much more of an impressive year. Let’s have it!
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1992

1992 was a really fun year. I’d just turned 10 and was already familiar with a number of different arcades. The ones I more commonly frequented had neo geo machines in them, but there was still the bowling alley that had a number of pinball machines, sit-down cabinets, and classic style arcades. I’m saying this because I didn’t JUST play neo geo games, though I’m sure it might sound like that eventually! There are 82 games this year, so let’s get to it.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1991

There are 88 games this year, so yeah, slightly more than last year, but about the same as far as quality goes. There were more neo geo titles this year which made selection that much harder. Still I’m pretty confident in my top 5, though not necessarily in the placement. Realistically, though, I feel that only the number one spot is what really matters regarding placement. That said, let’s begin.
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Arcade Game of the Year – 1990

This should be an interesting year as the dawn of the 90s meant Neo Geo. There are 77 games this year and while that’s a definite drop from last year, the rise in quality is obvious. The 80s were a great era, but what I’m interested in is seeing how many definitive “must play” titles there are in the 90s vs. the 80s. I’m also thinking of doing a final count and seeing which companies specifically “made” each era, if you will.
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