Allow us to get nostalgic for a second. These days, kids wouldn’t know what to do with an arcade system if they walked into one. The gaming machines have quickly become mere objects of historical significance and prop value instead of being used for entertainment.
But Travis Scott might be trying to bring them back with his recently produced “Tom Ford” for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, as it’s the beat that piques the listener’s interest: trunk-rattling, pitched 808s and vibrating hi-hats set the stage for bubbling bloops that sound straight out of Dead Ops. Here, we take a look at more songs that take us back to that nearly forgotten era of three buttons and a joystick. —Max Weinstein