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numberwang said:
invetedlotus123 said:

They were the first contact with gaming for most people since the 70`s, and had a following due to their vastly superior version of games when compared to home consoles of the time. Why they died in U.S.A. while they still going strong in places like Japan?

Arcades in Japan seem more like gambling machines? Or am I mistanken here?

You're probably thinking of pachinko parlours, which are absolutely everywhere and look a lot like the arcades haha



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DJjazzyGETH said:
numberwang said:

Arcades in Japan seem more like gambling machines? Or am I mistanken here?

You're probably thinking of pachinko parlours, which are absolutely everywhere and look a lot like the arcades haha

Yeah, was gonna say this. The arcades are definitely proper games. Even Mario Kart 8 is in them at the moment



numberwang said:
invetedlotus123 said:

They were the first contact with gaming for most people since the 70`s, and had a following due to their vastly superior version of games when compared to home consoles of the time. Why they died in U.S.A. while they still going strong in places like Japan?

Arcades in Japan seem more like gambling machines? Or am I mistanken here?

There are some big games on arcades in Japan, mostly rhythm games. And Tekken 7 arcades are already out for some months now in Japan.



As I recall, in the uk they were always stupidly over priced. You could quickly lose all your cash in an arcade or go over to a school friends house and play near enough the same game for free for a hell o a lot longer.

When I lived in China I was struck by how cheap they were. Gaming in Internet cafes seem far more common though.

Arcades were big because people didn't have good options at home. Now we have great home systems and arcades cost a lot of money.

Most of the people I see in arcades here are asians playing dance games. Games that are fun with an audience. I'm guessing those are still popular in Japan.

As I recall, in the uk they were always stupidly over priced. You could quickly lose all your cash in an arcade or go over to a school friends house and play near enough the same game (or better games) for free and for a hell of a lot longer on the snes or megadrive.

When I lived in China I was struck by how cheap they were. Gaming in Internet cafes seem far more common though.

Probably multiple reasons.

1.) Home consoles improving their graphical power, thereby eliminating the need to go to an actual arcade for comparable graphics.
B.) Japan's culture seems inherently more social than the Americas. In America, if you want to be social, you get online and chat with your friends. I don't know from experience what Japan is like, but it just seems like their interactions are more about getting out of the house and meeting up for dinner or something. Arcades just seem like they'd be more popular and sustainable there.
4.) Online gaming probably put the final nail in the coffin in America. You can't play COD at the arcades. Most of the types of games that are popular in arcades (score-based like shmups, fighting games, etc.) aren't as popular in America as they are in Japan. FPS dominates the American market and those don't lend themselves well to arcade experiences.

With all that said, there have been retro arcades popping up in places all across America in the past decade. Ground Kontrol in Portland is supposed to be one of the best. We just got one a couple years ago where I live with all the classics: TMNT, X-Men, Turtles in Time, Contra, Galaga/Ms. Pacman, House of the Dead, SFII, Mortal Kombat, etc. Every game I played as a youth, plus Mario Kart 64 on a huge screen, plus alcohol and pizza = good times. The place is packed with people of all ages every time I go. So maybe there's a small resurgence happening?

It'll be awhile before I figure out how to do one of these. :P 

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no a lot of hot men and women play arcade :(

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Miguel_Zorro said:
Arcades were big because people didn't have good options at home. Now we have great home systems and arcades cost a lot of money.

Most of the people I see in arcades here are asians playing dance games. Games that are fun with an audience. I'm guessing those are still popular in Japan.

Not to mention the other aspects of Japanese arcades that give them a wider audience.  Photo booths are still extremely popular with girls and UFO catchers appeal to girls and guys both.  They usually have mahjong and other games of that type that an adult might play.