What ever happened to the American arcade?

In North America, gamers are now generally divided into two distinct generations: those that grew up in the midst of the vibrant video arcade culture of the '70s and '80s; and those born since.

The latter group's experience with arcades is primarily through redemption-machine-filled restaurants like Dave & Busters and maybe a few neglected cabinets at their local movie theater or bowling alley.

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ritsuka6664197d ago (Edited 4197d ago )

Arcades extinct?nope.they may be diminishing but you just can't kill off the arcades, just because we have powerful home gaming consoles and pc's that enable us to play those games at home.

SnakeCQC4196d ago

paying a quid for a few minutes is always a rip off most people have consoles or pcs that far exceed the archaic machines

neogeo4196d ago

I miss arcades so much. My best memorys. I did not mind spending money on games that looked twice as good as my snes. Street fighter. KI. And on. Real girls would even go there after school. Not nerds, real hot sluts.

JsonHenry4196d ago

^^ I always went for the real hot sluts too. The games were also awesome compared to the consoles we had at home. Once I discovered my PC could play those games though.. not even the sluts got me out of the house anymore.

iceman064196d ago

I think I played Real Hot Sluts...it took me years and damn near my college savings, but I beat that game...oh..wait...TMI!!! Seriously, the arcades were about the social aspect of gaming as much as the games themselves. Texting, Facebook, and Twitter have all but eliminated the need to be social these days (at least with the younger generation). So, it's hard for them to understand the allure of the arcade. However for the arcade generation, nothing can beat the memories of bad food, poor lighting, loud noises, and the smell of nickel permeating your palms as you walk away from a night of gaming...20 quarters lighter...but much happier for the experience.

C_Menz4196d ago

At least in my town we have 2 somewhat large arcades. In the summer(our main tourist season) there is always at least 50 people in them and at times it is packed full. Nothing beats a classic arcade break while you are at the beach for the whole day.

dedicatedtogamers4196d ago

The arcades were awesome not just because of the games (which can now be comfortably played at home), but because of the atmosphere. It was fun to be playing a shmup or a beat 'em up by yourself and then some other kid comes up, drops a quarter, and starts playing with you. It was fun to be watching that SFII cabinet, slapping down a quarter and declaring "I'll take winner" while 5 other people are huddled around the same cabinet, each also wanting to take on the champ.

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Striker Is The Worst Mortal Kombat Character Of All Time

In the annals of Mortal Kombat history, Stryker stands out not for his prominence but for his successive series of blunders and near-misses.

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CrimsonWing694d ago (Edited 4d ago )

Most of the MK4 cast is far worse than Stryker.

ZwVw4d ago

Not even close. That award goes to Hsu Hao.

BlaqMagiq14d ago

Uh... did you forget Mokap exists?

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The 7 Best Video Game Trailers of All Time

There's been a lot of great video game trailers over the years, but here's Chit Hot's picks for the seven best produced so far.

-Foxtrot6d ago

I never even knew this existed, I love him, he was fantastic

Just a shame that he passed away, I always wanted to see if they did one more Bottom live when they were older to send the characters off if he was still alive. I'd have loved to go and see it.

CantThinkOfAUsername5d ago

@LordoftheCritics that's my kind of list! I'd only add Halo Wars 2 and For Honor.

Rocketisleague5d ago

Versus Xiii original trailer, I was literally a kid back then. Shame it was quite disappointing on release


-Foxtrot6d ago

Assassins Creed Brotherhood and Revelation had some great cinematic trailers, the latter using Woodkids Iron. Even Assassin Creed Unity had a trailer when they used another Woodkid song which was decent.

Tomb Raider Underworld had a really good reveal trailer showing Croft Manor in ruins but showed it in reverse.

The Last of Us Part II reveal with Ellie singing Through the Valley and also the TV Sport where she sang a cover of True Faith.

The Witcher 3s A Night to Remember trailer which they basically turned into the games Epilogue set after the Blood and Wine expansion. He told Orianna he'd come back for her and he did.

Halo 3 Starry Night. Short but effective.

The Callisto Protocol launch trailer. The game might not be amazing but the launch trailer was well done and the theme song to the game "Lost Again" by Kings Elliot was beautiful

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, great trailer and really gave off that mystery, conspiracy vibe

Uncharted 4 Man Behind the Treasure

Deathloop Launch trailer with Pitch Black and the official gameplay trailer with Déjà Vu, two great songs made for the game.

isarai6d ago

Never even played the game but AC Revelations CGI trailer I saved in my PS3 and would rewatch on a regular basis, and used it as a reference for calibrating TVs when I bought them