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Ars Technica takes us through a photo montage of several present day arcades in Tokyo, showing us what we are missing out on in the rest of the world where arcades have become a rarity. Other than a few landmark sites such as the Trocadero in London, some barcades and pinball museums in the US, I haven't seen so much arcade goodness in decades.

Japan wasn't on my radar for a trip, now its right up there thumb.gif








Arcades and pinball seem to be making a very minor comeback in the US in new "museum" halls; Stern is still churning out tables including the new Metallica tables, and Jersey Jack Pinball recently released a great table themed on Woz, but there is nothing like the cultural acceptance of arcades we had in the 70s and 80s - they are just niche now, and largely aimed at us gen-x'rs - in our late 30s and early 40s, with some disposable income and looking for the stuff we liked when we were kids.

Would be something else to see arcades still being a big part of the entertainment out there here in the US, surely we can do better than chucky cheese and barcade.
Edited by axel000 - 9/21/13 at 10:13pm
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i was actually at the local arcade recently and was walking around before i was about to leave, i hear some kid say to his friend " all these graphics suck we should have just went to see a movie"

i almost committed double homicide.
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Yep, the lack of custom arcade hardware these days means the few new cabinets that make their way over here are based on hardware equivalent to PS2 / Sega Dreamcast level kit (mainly because Sony and Sega made a big push into re-using upgrade versions of these consoles as a low cost cabinet board).

Would be amazing to see a tricked out PC setup hooked up to a custom cabinet. That's something where arcades can still beat the home experience, if someone still tried it here. Just thinking of something like Hawken done with controls like Steel Battalion.
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OP there are a lot of interesting videos/shows/dox on Japan's arcade culture.... there's a game that uses ball bearings that the player collects idk.. long story short it was so popular it caused a coin shortage. I miss arcades, but i'm ok with them not being around.... i'd burn too much money. IIRC the last decent sized arcade within 50mi of me closed down quite a while ago. Arcade tents seem to be popular at fairs, though; even some amusement parks have them. I want a skee ball machine...
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i was actually at the local arcade recently and was walking around before i was about to leave, i hear some kid say to his friend " all these graphics suck we should have just went to see a movie"

i almost committed double homicide.
Should've ripped a gun/zapper off of a machine and jammed it in their eye and asked the if it still sucked. Damn kids. tongue.gif
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Yeah, it really is a shame that arcades aren't really big here. My GF took vacation there past may and showed me some pics of the game centers, especially the 2D scroll shooters, which she knows are my favorite. If I ever go with her to Japan, I'm definitely going to spend a lot of time there. It sucks to go the (not so) local arcade here in Vancouver, only to find that the best scroll shooter I can play is Strikers 1999. Some companies have been porting their games to Xbox live, steam, etc., but the feel of playing on a home console vs. a proper cabinet isn't the same. Heck, the dodging mechanics for 2D shooters when using an arcade stick vs. a Dpad or analog stick are waaaaaay different.
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i was actually at the local arcade recently and was walking around before i was about to leave, i hear some kid say to his friend " all these graphics suck we should have just went to see a movie"

i almost committed double homicide.

Why? I completely agree with them.

They don't have any nostalgia with the game, and they've got so much better games at home... they can download a similar game with better graphics off xbox live, and play it on the much better 40" TV at home.

Arcades don't make any sense anymore.
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