Coin-op Arcades Are Fading Into Memory

Video game arcades are fast disappearing from the scene. Roger Sharp, director of marketing for game machine manufacturer WMS Gaming (formerly Williams), says:

"I think it's tragic. This is part of our culture. And the arcade industry has always prided itself on being recession proof. But, then, this has never been an industry full of brain surgeons. For years they didn't have to do a lot of work to get customers, then when they were faced with competition, they lost them. It's pathetic."

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TheDeadMetalhead3780d ago

I remember when the first Soul Calibur was released in the Arcade at Peter Piper Pizza. I must've only been about 5 or 6 years old. I probably wasted at least 50 tokens on that game. I miss it...:(

Syko3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

LOL, I worked at Peter Piper when I was like 15-16 for a second. I took a full X-Large cup full of tokens and played the hell out of Crazy Taxi and Hydro Thunder for the next 5-6 months...Good times. =)

TheDeadMetalhead3780d ago

I think I got rid of it, though. Because my Dreamcast went to crap. But it started working again and now I have to get all my games back! Damn!

I tried playing Crazy Taxi in an Arcade once. It's a lot harder than on DC, that's for sure!

TradingWarStories3780d ago

I remember I used to go to my local chip shop to play Street Fighter when I was like 8, great times...... wish they still had them I would go out and play on one now.

Syko3780d ago

Well here in Phoenix we have Gameworks and Dave and Busters...These places don't really have the newest games though and they love to rape you on the price per game. Some costing almost 4-5 dollars a game. F that. Arcade could make a comeback if they weren't ridiculously expensive and such a stale experience here in the states.

TheDeadMetalhead3780d ago

Hey, I'm in Tucson! You're talking about the GameWorks in Foothills mall, right? They charge like $3 for Daytona USA 2. And it's like 12 years old! Even the arcade at my Wal-Mart was replaced with some Real Estate Agency! It's depressing...

Syko3780d ago

LOL, Nice dude a fellow Arizonan. I was actually talking about the one at Arizona Mills off of the 60 but I do know of the one in Foothills. Never actually been there though.

TheDeadMetalhead3780d ago (Edited 3780d ago )

You're not missing out on much. It's got like 10 shooting games (including House of The Dead 2-4), a couple racing games, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Monkey Ball, Skeeball, an Air Hockey table and a guitar game (not like Guitar Hero). It sucks, though because all of the games are really old and they never get new ones. Of course according to this it's because the Arcades are dead.

Ju3780d ago

Phoenix here two. D&B just raped my recently on Time Crisis (Desert Ridge). I should get that on PS3, though.

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Pugovitz3780d ago

There's a little hole-in-the-wall place in downtown Austin where nothing is more than $.50; there's a little mix of old and new.

Though, whenever I go to the boardwalk in New Jersey, 75% of arcades full of claw machine. It blew my mind. There were even claw machines offering Wiis and 360s.

TheDeadMetalhead3780d ago

Where is this place and how do I turn blood into quarters!? lol

Sayai jin3780d ago

Does not matter to me. I have 5 Arcades in my home. If you wanna see them let mek now and I will send you the link to my photobucket account.

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