Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
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Arcades: What Were They?

Oh my God, do you remember video arcades? You do? Hahahaha, that was a trick question to see who's old. And it's you! Those of you who don't remember video arcades—and, frankly, the rest of you, who are probably so forgetful at this point that most of this will come as a surprise to you—should take some time to read this article about the life and death of the American arcade.

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Matt (#26)

I'm so old I'm starting to get the dreaded "Southern Face" :(

camelface (#4,600)

all internet scholars know that the video arcade of the future will be made out of cardboard and experienced through vimeo.

bassknives (#2,903)

@camelface You're forgetting the college fund.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Think Brent and I had a mini-discussion about this subject a day or two ago. Something something Generation X Subsets something not so terribly unique experiences despite unique feels.

hershmire (#233,671)

Am I the only one who is getting annoyed at these fancy new web pages that make it almost impossible to read something casually? Is that a sign I'm getting old?

sigerson (#179)

Around 1981 or 1982, when we lived on the south side of Arlington and my parents were separated, I used to walk up to Columbia Pike, just west of South Walter Reed Drive, to the video arcade. It was behind a 7-11, next to a McDonalds and just down the street from the movie theatre where I saw The Empire Strikes Back with my buddy Hector. (I remember that Hector shouted out "Imperial prick" when one of the bad guys called the good guys "Rebel scum").

All the games were there – Centipede, Defender, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man, Qbert and Missile Command. We knew that if we dragged our feet and held a quarter up to the metal plate of one duck shooting game, a spark would fly and generate free credits. This would have been awesome except the game wasn't very good.

oudemia (#177)

When I turned 10, my (much) older brother took me to the arcade at the Seaview Square Mall and bought me $5 worth of tokens. It was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me.

Old enough, but still have a vivid memory of getting caught stealing quarters out of my mother's coin purse because I had a wicked Asteroids addiction.

skahammer (#587)

@Clarence Rosario You're the wine-drinking schoolteacher Miles from Sideways, aren't you?

Space Port, King of Prussia Mall. None better.

BoHan (#29)

Oh man. Used to play Fireball on the Drag, across from the UT campus. I ruled that machine.

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