Back in the 80s, arcade games were everything. Kids and adults alike couldn’t wait to go to their favorite arcade or bowling alley or family establishment and plunk quarters into the likes of Galaga, Pac-Man and more. Allowances were spent and money was gone in a flash, but the memories these games created lasted a lifetime.
But then something happened – home gaming took over. Arcades closed and manufacturing of machines slowed a bit, though not to the point of extinction. But in this day and age, we’re hearing more about home games than we are arcade. And some depressing stories indicate that some people aren’t as fond about the machines as they should be.
Granted, the arcade market isn’t going anywhere, thanks to the success of Arcade1up and New Wave Toys’ Replicade line. But there are some people that just don’t appreciate arcade games.
As a result, they leave them to rot or, worse, tear them to pieces. But why?
Curiosity Or Attention
To some, importance of arcade gaming isn’t quite as high-up as the attention they can get from doing something with it.
Take What’s Inside?, a YouTube channel, which posted a video back in January 2017. In it, the team takes apart a classic Pac-Man machine, just to show off what’s in it.
While the video does show off the working components of an arcade game, most people who own them already have a good idea of what makes them tick. Plus, this is essentially just a merciless slaughter of a classic game, when all they really needed to do was take off the back door to see what was inside.
While the video got about 23,000 likes, it also got 12,000 dislikes, as well as a lot of hate from YouTuber Pat the NES Punk, who was upset about the machine being taken apart. Again, it was for curiosity’s sake at best, when the machine could’ve easily stayed assembled and pleased fans.
They’re Tough To Maintain
While authentic arcade games are glorious to own and provide a reminder of something you loved as a kid, they can actually be rather tough to maintain. Ask any arcade operator how a machine can break down due to wear and tear, mainly from controls or something with CRT monitors – which are becoming tough to come by.
As a result, most people feel it’s more affordable to “give up the ghost” and leave their machine behind, rather than spending hundreds of dollars to get them back to working order. That’s not everyone, mind you – purists will go all out to make sure their machines are up to code and don’t let them down when they need to fulfill their gaming fix. But others are clearly not as
This is especially true for arcade owners that don’t feel reselling the games will provide any value, so they leave them behind. This article from PCMag by itself is depressing to look at, as it shows a number of games that are beyond repair, mainly due to a cracked monitor or a destroyed foundation. It really is a sad thing.
However, that hasn’t stopped some people from trying. There are some fans out there that attempt to rebuild these games back to their former glory, either as a hobby to pass the time or to simply build their collection from a “poor pickup,” as it were.
For example, the GameDad posted a video last June, showing him bringing back a Simpsons Arcade game back to its former self. The results are a joy to behold.
And Some Defy Explanation
Sometimes a game is abandoned and there’s really no story behind it. Someone dumped it in the middle of the night; someone gave up on a dream project; or it just plain doesn’t work.
Case in point- Forbes recently ran a story that looks at an old Sega R360 arcade cabinet found in the midst of County Antrim, in a horrid state of ruin.
(For those unfamiliar, Sega’s R360 line-up combined arcade thrills with motion gaming, with a full rotational cabinet. While expensive to acquire, it was a real hit in its heyday, earning tons of
Why it was found in the midst of North Irish community is unknown, but it apparently looks like it’s beyond repair. Nevertheless, a member of a Facebook Sega community, Lee Peters, has vowed to pick up the machine and do what he can with it.
Arcade Games Deserve A Chance
Sure, they can be costly, and to some, a bit rough to maintain. But there’s something great about owning an arcade game, whether it’s the real deal, the Arcade1up variety or even the New Wave Toys designs. It just reminds you of a gaming period from long ago, and really fits into the mantra of your game room or man cave or what have you.
So if you see something in the marketplace about an arcade game you always wanted to have, or just think it would be a great fit for you (despite the work that may come with it), give it a chance. Who knows, you just might have a gaming memory that will last you a lifetime.
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