Instant cool in the early 1980s: having a car like K.I.T.T. or the Batmobile. Failing that, having an arcade game in your garage.
The specific game changed depending on what they just got in over at Chuck E. Cheese (Star Wars, Crystal Castles, or the environmental cabinet version of Discs of Tron).
But, unless you were rich or a criminal mastermind, you had to settle for one of two alternatives: either you played similar games on your Atari 2600, or you begged your parents for the handheld versions, some of which were fashioned to look like miniature … Read more