The Video Arcade isn’t just for Stranger Things

Rohan Mathew

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Depending on your age, you might remember a time when the only way to play video games was at the arcade. Video arcades were the original place to play. At this time, home game systems didn’t exist.

Friends and families would get together and spend the day playing in the arcade. Although you no longer need to search the car and house for quarters to collect for the arcade, there are still plenty of reasons why you should visit a video game arcade. Thanks to a few popular series bringing back the love for arcades, even the young ones are now curious about what a video arcade has in store for them.

Are you ready to take a blast to the past?

Here are several reasons why arcade video games are best played at the arcade!

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The Arcade Experience

There’s nothing like the feeling of walking into a room filled with a variety of different arcade games. Sure, your game system at home gives you the option to play all your favorite classics in modern form, but they’re not the originals. Arcade games look and feel much different when playing at the arcade vs at home.

The controllers used to play the games are different, and the quality of the graphics is different too. Although you might enjoy playing with better graphics, seeing what the game looked like when it first came out is always an interesting experience. When in the arcade, you can also see what the actual game systems looked like too.

Each game has it’s own controllers, system, and screen. You can hop back and forth, playing all the different games, pretending you’re back in the early 80s!

The Social Impact

The social impact you’re given when playing at the arcade is much different than when playing at home. With many game systems, you’re forced to play alone unless you have a friend come over to hop on player two. This is true for many of the classic games.

For modern games and game systems, you can play at home and socialize via a headset and an internet connection. Although you can communicate with other players this way, it’s still not comparable to the socialization you get at the arcade. In the arcade, you can bring several friends along with you.

You can always go solo as well because you never know who you’ll run into and meet while there. Chances are, you’ll find new friends who share a love for arcade games with who you can then bond.

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The Discovery of New (Older) Games

If you’re not familiar with a lot of the classic arcade games, then visiting an arcade is the best way to discover new older games. You won’t find the latest version of Call of Duty in the arcade, but you will find classic fighting games, pinball machines, and more. There’s also a good chance you’ll find more than one game that you’ve never heard of before but begin to love.

Many of the classic arcade games are addicting and can have you lost in their world for hours. Because of this, it’s best to plan an entire day at the arcade. You never know what awesome game you’ll find while there.

Then, you’ll have to keep coming back to the arcade on a regular basis to play. This is a great way to socialize and meet new people with interests similar to yours!

A Family Outing

An arcade is a wonderful place for a family outing. Gather the entire family together and prepare to visit a local arcade. If you’re not sure of one in your area, you can complete a simple internet search for a “video arcade near me.”

You’ll be surprised to see a few great options pop up. Once you find one you think you want to visit, prepare to have one of the best family bonding experiences in the books! Everyone can run about trying out different games and playing with one another on the two-player options.

It’s also important to note that even some of the older arcades are now setting the game systems to open-play mode. You’ll most likely pay an entrance fee and then have the entire day to play! That means you won’t have to worry about the little ones running out of coins or tokens and asking you for more.

Pay one flat fee and then let them play as much as they’d like.

A Mental Health Day

Everyone needs a mental health day every now and then. If you’re a true gamer, then you most likely have a game or two at home you play when you need a break from the real world. It’s easy to become lost in the world of a video game and leave all your worries behind you.

If you’re in need of a mental day but want to spend it outside of the house, then visiting an arcade is a great way to have the best of both worlds. You don’t need to bring a friend or socialize with anyone. Bring your headphones and lock into the video gaming world inside an arcade.

By the time you leave, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the real world!

When’s the Last Time You Visited a Video Arcade?

Do you remember the last time you visited a video arcade? If you haven’t been to one in a while, then it’s time you mark it down on your calendar. Whether you decide to go alone or make it a family day, everyone is sure to have lots of fun and create memories they’ll never forget.

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