We’ve had a flurry of news regarding the opening of new arcades lately but that doesn’t make this news any better to pass along. A short time ago we heard that an arcade located in Southern California, Arcade Infinity was going to have to close it’s doors. After a large output of support by fans and the owners of the building where AI is located, it looked as though the business might be saved but the people in charge of business licensing in L.A. County has a different way of doing things and as such AI is being forced to close for good. According to the information posted by BemaniStyle.com: “The County wants the Tao brothers to close shop, pay for a new license, and wait for all of the hearings and city council votes in order to stay open (this could take up to 8 months).” The issue isn’t the money involved now, but rather the period of waiting where they would have be stay closed for such a ridiculous period of time and with their being no certain answer on whether they would still be approved. As such, AI will be closing on February 26th and they have already begun selling off their machines. As it is, RIP Arcade Infinity.
I’m not an expert on the politics of what goes on in L.A. but for all the talk we’ve had in the US concerning the role of government in job creation, this should serve as a gloomy example of how that role can be used to damage or destroy business and subsequently the economy. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of something like this happening either, another recent example involves an arcade that was closed down in Beacon, NY. We know of this example because it involves a popular arcade but I sincerely wonder, how many arcades and other businesses never get off the ground or make it very far because they have to play the bureaucratic game of Twister?