Yes the arcades were packed in the 80's for several reasons I have listed my reasons below
1. The machines played much better games
2. People had more disposable income.
3. £20 could last you all day at the seaside (for machine play only) as long as you had some idea how to play the machines.
4. There were very good 2p machines so even if you had a lesser budget you could still have a darn good play
5. You could smoke in arcades (not that is an issue for me I don't)
To add to your list -online and bookmakers had a huge impact on the arcade industry,as online still does!
And above all(and more especially here in the north),we are very much still locked in a revolving door recession.
True you see people come to near by Blackpool but are they spending-No!
As bookmakers fold in there droves many arcades will follow as is happening everywhere.
I can't see many arcades still around in the next decade,but over the next 20 years( bar those with money to keep them afloat),
I don't see any arcades in operation.
I have just give this layout a good half hour play while making a video for my you tube channel, and excellent job you have done of this machine. From the Barcrest light era, Spotlight, Hi-Light and the little seen (unless you worked or played in a bingo hall in the 80s Flashlight).
Flashlight is a very lo-tech machine from Barcrest (and when I say lo-tech I mean lo-tech these machines made Bar x look exciting) however it did have a £50 cash jackpot, on 10p play, although it did have start buttons on the side of the cabinet most bingo halls did not have them enabled so the game would auto start as soon as you put in your 10p or 50p with 40p change, it did have autohold but no nudges at all, but the auto play allowed for a much faster game play and allowed the bingo hall owner to extract the cash from the grannies much faster, that said if we had the roms for this I would not mind seeing a release of this as I could not play as I worked in the bingo hall and we could not play.
Would love to see the £50/£100 era of these slots brought to life in emulation.
There were some cracking club slots about at that time.
File Name: Spot Light (DX)
File Submitter: frig
File Submitted: 24 Aug 2019
File Category: MPU2
Here is an absolutely amazing classic fruit machine from 1981. This is from an era when arcades were always packed out, and for good reason too!
But firstly...A big thanks to the following contributers:
Roms & base fruit symbols - Launton over at fruitemu.co.uk
Photograph used as a guide - Pete W
over at fruitemu.co.uk
Richy100 for the additional suprize hidden in the download folder, also from fruitemu.co.uk
Richy1976 for his fantastic sound files.
And the amazing Wizard for testing, additional technical help and of course, providing us with the emulator that we all love!!
Shortcuts are in the Read Me txt file if you need them.
Now don't stay up too late playing this!
Click here to download this file
I promise I won't stay up too late
Many thanks to all involved.