Are arcades still relevant?

Jerlene

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Are arcades still relevant these days? Everyone is so concerned about getting the latest Playstation or Xbox. No one really says they have to go check out the new arcade down the road anymore. Do you think arcades still play an important role in the gaming community?
I LOVE arcades but they seem to be more of a novelty type of pass time than anything else. I associate it with something like Dave and Busters. But I would take an arcade over an Xbox any day.
 

marteebe

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Well hey, all I can say is go to Japan and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the amount of arcades that are around the place. When I was in Tokyo last summer, arcades were everywhere and almost always packed to the hilt with people doing a combination of grabbing machines to shooting games to games which look far more involved than I cared to dip my Western hands in haha. There was a particular floor in one of them where there was a whole floor of Japanese people furiously playing some space looking game. It was actually awesome to see this happening in real life in 2018 as I thought everyone was online!
 
Here in the states, it seems like a dead thing outside of any hotels or kid places, which is a shame because I would love owning one.
 

Jayson

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Well, comically, Wal-Mart (an American chain store) is selling miniature arcade machines for around $300 each I think. Who has seen them? Anyway, the games on it are simply old-school ones from the 80s - but that's not saying many won't find them fun.
 

Nova

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I think arcades are making a comeback on some consoles and also on the mobile games. Some are making the remakes of those games and they are still around in a different way or the other.
 

Jayson

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There was this arcade-like game for Nintendo (I think that was the system. It was from the 90s) and it was so much fun! I forgot the name, but basically it was just "all shooting", "blowing things up".

Anyway, despite this, I find games like Asteroids boring. I guess it depends on the arcade game!
 

Ash

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Doesn't seem to be that popular over here in the UK either but honestly, I would love to go to one with friends and play some games.
 

Nova

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I assume that in near future, it's chance that arcades may shift to the Google stadia. So it's better for the game developers to keep an eye on what is selling and what may work long term and then focus on those sort of games.
 

phenetic

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Well, comically, Wal-Mart (an American chain store) is selling miniature arcade machines for around $300 each I think. Who has seen them? Anyway, the games on it are simply old-school ones from the 80s - but that's not saying many won't find them fun.
I'm sure you can possibly mods those and put emulators on those, I have friends who have done that.

In regards to arcades, I still find them relatively relevant still, it just can't survive on it's own anymore. More and more, in my area at least, local owned arcades are becoming more and more rare in favor of corporate arcades like Dave and Busters and Round1. We have a couple new "arcade bars" popping up that are increasing in popularity, and I for one applaud that. If an arcade offered a food and bar option, I'm more inclined to go there, and I believe that's why Dave and Busters and Round1 do so well.

A trend I've been noticing in malls, is arcades that are strictly console based and is nothing but 15-20 TVs that have PS4s, Switches, Xbox Ones, even Super Nintendos and NES' and it's attracting people in their mid twenties.
 

Nova

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Who knows in near future we may get the VR based tech which makes use of the arcade games. And that may even sell better for the long run. I guess that may surely happen as well.
 
Who knows in near future we may get the VR based tech which makes use of the arcade games. And that may even sell better for the long run. I guess that may surely happen as well.
There is already an arcade game for VR!
Sega Akihabara Building No.3 6F is the most popular among foreigners.ww
 

marteebe

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There is already an arcade game for VR!
Sega Akihabara Building No.3 6F is the most popular among foreigners.ww
Haha, I actually do remember making a stop here when I visited Japan! Was an amazing arcade place! To be fair, any arcade I went into in Japan was generally quite amazing. I remember in one, I had an employee add on a few extra goes for us on the machine when we were very close to winning a figurine of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Was just a really nice and enjoyable interaction. I also went on a VR coaster in Universal World in Osaka. That was the best ride I've ever been on!