Went to see Jack Reacher today, it was not bad, but I got there a bit early and had time to kill. I walked over into the arcade section.. and it felt like I was in a museum rather than a place of fun.
The "arcade" had 20 or so arcade machines.. 8 of which were not working or had ratty paper warnings about "out of service". The remaining machines were a mish mash of things I have played as a kid, or very poor quality games. I know that arcades have been dead for years in general but seeing one still trying to run these days almost brought a tear to my eye. It had some of the usual hunting games, but those games were old a decade ago and since then over 10 sequals have come out for them..
The only games people were really playing were air hockey, which does not seem to lose it's appeal over time. I almost felt as though I went to a funeral and I definitely was more sad than happy for venturing into this place.
I really hope that arcades can make a comeback some day, but they really need to get their own exclusive cutting edge games or experiences that can't be done at home. I can easily see them coming back if they can put out some sort of VR or AR type of things, or even live action FPS in battle arenas with hologram bots or something..
I just hope they will come back some day, because they were great fun.
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