Cinematronics was a company which symbolized  the Golden Era of arcades.  It burst onto the scene in 1977 with the world’s first vector graphics based arcade game and just as quickly signaled the era's end with the death knell of animation streaming from a laser disc.  Although it existed before the craze of the late 70's and early 80's, this is when it produced such memorable classics as Space Wars, Rip Off, Armor Attack, and Star Castle.

This site is dedicated to the vector classics produced by Cinematronics, Vectorbeam, and their licensees, from 1977 through 1983.  Much of the material here can be found scattered in various other sites.  This is an attempt to gather and present as much as possible into one place and hopefully add a few more tidbits.  Please be patient as it grows.  I also ask that you bring to my attention any mistakes which I have made and any material which may belong here.  Thanks for visiting and enjoy.

Updates :

04/06/2010—Reorganized the history pages slightly and added a project link update

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A special thanks to David Haynes and Jason Cody.  Many of the pictures from the history page were originally scanned by David for Jason’s site. Jason also provided me with much of his old Warrior site which will soon live again.