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What Happened Playing the Real Arcade Games?

Updated on October 9, 2017

Remember those days when you asked your parents for a dollar, or even a quarter, so that you could head over to your nearest arcade store to try out the latest arcade game that came out? Or how about challenging a few friends to a game or two after school or during the weekend. Regardless of the reason, Arcade games had given children in American something to do.

It was the ultimate babysitter before they began advancing. I remember every Saturday after my Saturday Morning Cartoons, my first stop was to my local pizza shop where most of the neighborhood kids was at to wait on line to play the newest game they had. At times, the line was long, but it was worth the wait. Playing Arcade games as a child was like a mini-tournament before they made the real ones. It was less physical and violent than a regular sport and it's not like you was stuck at home. You was out there doing something and not just causing trouble in the streets.

Then the birth of the home arcade came and even as the original Nintendo had rolled around, kids would still flock around the arcades because as much as the Nintendo had tried to replicate certain games that were hot, it still didn't have the technology to make it the exact replica. So the kids stuck with the arcades a little longer. Plus for a quarter, if you were really good, it could take you a long way. There were times where I would get on a game with one quarter and wouldn't have gotten off until 2-3 hours later. There were even shops that was solely dedicated to arcades where kids and teens would go hang out and just play games all day.

As time passed and changed, so did the arcades. Graphically the games had gotten better which means some of the arcade games had to be bumped from 25 cents to 50 cents. It was still cool, but then the original Playstation happened. Though the Super NES and Sega Genesis from before was nice and fun, the arcades was still the main source until the PS had arrive. The PS had made exact replicas of arcade games which lore fans to wanting to get a system and stay home and play.

Soon eventually as technology advanced, the arcades have slowly faded away. You could still find them in places like Dave & Busters, Chuck E. Cheese and various pool and bowling alleys, but to play them you'll either have to buy one of their game cards (which is like $10-$20) or pay like a dollar or two. Why would I want to play something for a $1? The same game I used to play a few years back for just a quarter.

Well these days if you have a house of your own, you could always go online for arcade rentals or purchase one of your favorite games that you've grown to know and love without having to put in a single quarter nor use any game card.


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      trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

      I miss the arcade. My kids would love it. I just bought my 5 year old a Sega Genesis flashback system. Not only does he like it, but I found my 19 year old sneaking to play Sonic The Hedgehog.