One great thing about arcades are the memories they create. I think that all of us has a story or two from times we spent at the arcade ‘back in the day’ and the article we’ll be linking to in that post discusses that very thing – how arcades used to be what the industry and players revolved around and the great games that we would see all the time and how consoles played into dragging arcades down, etc. Overall it’s a nice article but it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t really mention the existing arcade industry. I understand that this is common these days as journalists seem to accept the notion that the industry is dead, despite the fact that there are still thousands of locations out there that call themselves an arcade, there are still places where you can go to rub shoulders with other people who share your interests in video gaming and that new arcade titles are still coming out in nearly every month of the year.
Sure it isn’t like 1982 anymore – seeing lines of people waiting to get into an arcade to play the latest game is not an occurence we see anymore although I always wonder if it has to be that way or not. One thing that has not changed is that the games themselves are the key to bringing players into the arcade – the operator has the responsibility of picking the games (if they can afford it) as well as maintaining them. But it certainly helps when we get games to choose from that people want to play.
Anyways, enough of my ranting, here’s the the link