In the 1970s, there were plenty of machines at the arcade that would offer you a few minutes of gameplay for your hard-earned quarters. Only one, however, offered you valuable pseudo-scientific advice, allowing you to dial into the natural cycles of life – the biorhythm machine.
Biorhythm machines presented the theory that one’s life could be broken into three key “cycles” – intellectual, emotional and physical, each of which changed on a daily basis. If you bought into that premise, biorhythm machines were ready to serve as your guide. All one had to do was deposit a quarter and enter their birthdate and the machine did the rest, analyzing that wealth of information and spitting out a card with a graphical representation of key areas, such as health, luck, and of course, sex. If your chart said your luck was spiking, it might be a good day to play poker with your friends. If your endurance levels were low, you might want to skip that one-on-one game.
The catch was that these readings changed on a daily basis, so it was going to cost you almost a hundred bucks if you wanted to follow your daily readings for a whole year. Most people didn’t, but that didn’t stop millions from dropping a quarter in whenever they happened to be at the arcade. As a result, these machines proved to be a very successful and lucrative endeavor, replacing the fortune telling machines of earlier decades, which were likely just as accurate. And once the arcade explosion really took hold, biorhythm machines started disappearing, their valuable real estate needed for games like Asteroids and Pac Man.
Were you one of the people who used biorhythm machines to fine-tune your life? We’d love to hear from anyone who remembers these classic arcade attractions in our comments section below.