I like 1980. Stern was going strong with Star Gazer, Seawitch, Flight 2000 and like 4 other quality games. Bally had Fathom, EBD, Flash Gordon, Xenon, Skateball, and many more. Williams had Firepower, Black Knight, Alien Poker. Gottlieb was doing a little weaker but overall a great year to be in the arcade.
I also think my preferences would lead me toward 1989. Bally had EATPM, Transporter, Mousin Around, Atlantis. Data East had Robocop and Monday Night Football. Williams had Black Knight 2000, Police Force, Earthshaker, Bad Cats. Gottlieb had Big House, Lights Camera Action and Bone Busters. All of them very unique themes.
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