Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 27, 2013
Another great article about the history of the game arcade (primarily in the U.S.A.) -
While I want to believe in Bushnel, I’d have to agree that I can’t really figure out how the coin-op arcade could make a comeback. It’s a cool idea in that it brought people together (kinda), but I don’t really remember the arcade being an overly social experience. I wasn’t too involved in the competitive fighting-game scene.
The thing is, today, people bring their arcades with them in their purse or pocket. The systems today are more powerful than last-gen game consoles, let alone the arcade systems of fifteen years ago. I feel sorry for the people who missed out on that experience. It was a wild few years. And as a kid, you expect the entire world to be static, and that the way things are when you are twelve years old are the way they’ll be thirty years later (only with flying cars instead of land-bound ones, and much cooler arcade machines). That’s not how it works.
But here’s the thing: While the arcade is pretty much dead, at least by the standards of the 80s and 90s, it’s not buried. Like the text adventure game, it may never completely go away, so long as boutique manufacturers will still distribute machines. Most cities still have some an arcade or little centers (or movie theaters) with a game room. Do you know if you have one near you? Have you been? Maybe it’s not something you do casually anymore, but it could still be something you can turn into An Event. Take your date or your family to the arcade on a Friday night! Okay, if it’s a date, maybe you should take them to a nice dinner, too.
And while it may not be exactly lucrative, I know there are some possibilities for indies in the arcade-game space.
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