Just got done with a vacation with the family on the world’s largest cruise ship, the Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). Why am I telling you this? Well, first, to make you jealous of my amazing Golden Jew lifestyle. But second, because cruise boats are one of the last places you’ll find an arcade.
Arcades–remember those? I certainly do. They were the ultimate destination growing up, at least for me. I remember begging my parents to give me quarters to go play at the mall arcade. I remember the glee of the giant arcades at the Santa Cruz boardwalk in California. Arcades have always been special to me–not only as a gamer, but my father’s cousin used to run one of the most well known arcades in New York City–the Broadway Arcade. It was later closed when their lease was up, to be replaced by Gold’s Gym. The management refused to renew their lease, they felt the clientele of a Gold’s (steroid users and anorexic chicks) was preferable to idle teenagers and deadbeat 20somethings.
Anyway, the Cruise Ship is brand new, and my brother (the MIA Horatio) and I went in eagerly hoping for some good shooter games. House of the Dead 4 was there, as well as Ghost Squad (with tragically broken guns–when you do find a good game, it’s 50/50 it’ll actually work). The House of the Dead machine later broke, ruining our quest for S rank. There were some other various shooting games, but nothing that was new or we hadn’t beaten. Of course there was a DDR machine, but it was one of the weird diagonal ones, knocking Horatio out of business. Really the only machines that are unique in an arcade that can’t be duplicated at home are the games involving a dance pad or a weapon.
Besides cruise ships, casinos, and boardwalks–does anyone else know where you can still find an arcade (and no, movie theater crappy arcades don’t count, unless they have a really nice setup)? When was the last time you went to one? Do you yearn for them as you did in the past or have you moved on?