Few People Know That New Jersey Is The Birthplace Of Skee-Ball, The Original Arcade Game

While many New Jerseyans know that the great game of Skee-Ball got its start in the Garden State, ask someone from Florida or Indiana and they’ll likely have no idea. The iconic arcade game is played around the country, and around the world, but few people know its story.

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While arcades existed for several decades before Skee-Ball became popular, they revolutionized the industry. One of the first-ever redemption games (where one could win tickets or prizes), they added a competitive component and element of skill. Other popular games that soon followed include Fascination, Baffle Ball, and Pinball. Were you familiar with Skee-Ball’s history? What’s your favorite arcade game?