The Video Arcade Game Font - Arcade

by Goatmeal

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Clone of The Video Arcade Game Font. The ubiquitous video game font standard, likely designed by Lyle Rains of Atari; first used in 1976's "Sprint 2" by Atari, and then on until well into the 1990s. Used by most video arcade game companies, including (but not limited to): Namco, Williams Electronics, Irem, Atari, Konami, Bally-Midway, Taito, Nintendo and Sega. The lower case characters are from several Atari video arcade games from 1984-1987. Plenty of alternate characters -- variations used in conjunction with the standard font, all selected from a variety of MAME32 game roms.

Info: Created on 13th July 2009 . Last edited on 15th July 2018.
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Who originally invented this font? I love it!
Comment by Fopenplop 11th September 2009
Thank you for the kind words!

I don't really know who designed this typeface for video game use; the earliest sighting to which I have access is from 1977's ''Dominos'' by Atari, so I can only assume it was designed by Atari.

As I do not have access to every video arcade game ever created, it should be noted that there may be an even earlier example.

Here are some other known versions of this typeface style (from my personal collection):

Yuji Adachi
''Arcade-I'' (1997)
''Arcade-N'' (1997)

''Press Start Regular'' (2001)

Neale Davidson
''Emulator Normal'' (1998/2000)

Jakob Fischer / PizzaDude
''Arcade'' (1998/2000?/2003)
''Arcade 2003'' (2003)
''Arcade Classic'' (1998/2000?/2003)
''Arcade Classic 2003'' (2003)

Freaky Fonts / ck!
''Emulogic'' (2004)

Koen Hachmang
''Arcade Classic'' (1999)

Paul D. Hunt / FontStruct
''Arcade Fever'' (2008)

Ray Larabie
''Joystix'' (1996/1997)

Genshichi Yasui
[character remapping by Codeman38]
''Atari Font Bitmap'' (1999/2000?)
Comment by Goatmeal 13th September 2009
Added a new alternate "W" and a new alternate "Y", after a WHOLE lot of character shifting to make room. :^P
Comment by Goatmeal 6th July 2010

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