Gee Bee and Bomb Bee are the first games that Toru Iwatani designed for NAMCO. He wanted to do pinball machines but NAMCO said nope, we don't do pinball. So he did Gee Bee and its sequel Bomb Bee as a compromise: basically a hybrid of Video Pinball and Breakout.
Toru, of course, went on to do a little thing you may have heard of called Pac-Man.
i can understand why i missed the gee bee one, it was the bee gees. i did like the first two bee gee eras, i grew up during the british invasion. the first era was in the mid to late 60's, there second era in the early to mid 1970s, saw then harden up their music a bit, like lonely days, i still love that song, but in the late 1970's, the disco era was gruesome. no hard rock lover would ever admit to listening to that garbage. and the disco era was marked in my opinion, by sclock and minimalism from just about anything associated with that gruesome era.
so like many others like me, bee gee less weekends were fine with me. so if i saw them on a arcade machine, most likely i stayed away. but the other one i never saw either, they must have been rather hard to find, like many arcade machines that came and went with no staying power.
but of course, unless its pacman, cool bit of info, thanks.