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The Death of the Arcade

Updated on September 23, 2008

Arcades have become a thing of the past. 20 years ago, you could find an arcade hall or cabinet just about anywhere you went. These days, you're lucky if you find a single arcade left where you live. In the 80's and 90's, arcades were everywhere: at the laundrymat, the grocery store, the mall, hotels, and especially at pizza parlors. But as home console and P.C. games became more advanced, the desire to try out the latest arcade game began to dwindle. And with the birth of online and wireless gaming, arcades hit an alltime low. Buisnesses began to purchase arcade cabinets less as time went on, and as a result, game developers began to produce less games for arcades. There are still plenty of arcades left in America today, but the number is a shadow of what it was 20 years ago. However, not all hope is lost. Several companies nationwide have developed chain arcade halls where arcade junkies can play for hours at a time on prepaid credits, such as Gameworks. Nolan Bushnell, creator of Pong and Chuck E. Cheese and former CEO of Atari, also has created several uWink bistros in California, which offer tabletop touchpad games connected to a wireless network within the resturant. With innovators like Bushnell, arcades may yet live on into the wireless age.


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