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A [[{{Settings}} setting]] not seen as much these days due to their decline, this is where all the kids used to go to play their [[ArcadeGame videogames]]. Rows of them, in big, gloriously fashioned cabinets. Often in darkly lit rooms to let the video displays shine and maintained in states from squalid to spit-shined, the machines [[AttractMode flash]] and [[ArcadeSounds burble]] to themselves even when not being played. More recent examples often feature ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''-style fun.

Special mention must go to arcades as locations in video games.

See also SuckECheeses. PacManFever optional.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The characters in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' often hang out at the the Crown game center. In the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action series]] it was changed to a karaoke parlor, but it was kept in ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' since arcades are still relatively popular in Japan.
* A video arcade features prominently in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', where Kyouko is proficient in a DDR-esque dance game.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIDragonOfDoom'' begins with Jigen and Lupin hanging out in one. Lupin's preoccupied trying to get the Lupin doll from the Claw game.
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[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* A video arcade was also seen briefly in ''MonsterHouse'', in the scene where the main heroes enlist the help of a friend in information dealing with the possessed house.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' takes place in an arcade, revolving around what the characters in the games do after-hours.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' features an odd mix of arcade machines of the period and ray-traced 3D extravaganzas which could have existed only in the last 10 years.
** Justified since the movie was set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The [[Film/TronLegacy sequel]] assumes it to have been TheEighties, though.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' revisits the same arcade.
* ''{{Joysticks}}'', a teen sex comedy.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', where John Connor is playing the slightly anachronistic but thematically appropriate MissileCommand.
* ''Film/{{Big}}''
* ''Film/DoubleDragon''
* ''Film/WarGames''
* ''Film/{{Arcade}}'' (no, really)
* "The Bishop of Battle" segment in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmares_(1983_film) Nightmares]]'' (1983). Most of the action takes place in a video arcade.
* The arcade in ''Film/TheWizard'', perhaps best known for the infamous "He touched my breasts!" scene.
* Film/NeverSayNeverAgain has an arcade apparently sponsored by Atari, as it contained virtually nothing but ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}''
* ''Film/TheKarateKid''
* Film/{{Adventureland}} is set in an arcade in an amusement park
* ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' includes an arcade scene with ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', this is a place without parental supervision were underage kids smoke cigars (!) and the Foot Clan recruits new members.
* ''Film/RoboCop2'' features an arcade where all the machines are from Creator/DataEast, who were responsible for the Robocop videogames.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Time Twister'' by Ged Maybury has many scenes set in a video arcade, as the eponymous game machine is the device around which the plot is built.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the pilot of ''{{Numb3rs}}'', Charlie and Larry meet in an arcade on campus at Calsci, where Larry gives Charlie some advice on the current case, while simultaneously getting a high score on his current game.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ManiacMansion has the arcade-in-game version.
* The paradigm for XBox Arcade Live.
* Both ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' have arcades in Onett and [[spoiler:New Pork City]], respectively.
* There's a plot-relevant one on the wharf in ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}}''.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'', the brothers can visit an arcade in Little Fungitown.
* In the ''TokimekiMemorial'' series, the Arcade Center is a staple dating location.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TheSimpsons'': Bart will still occasionally hang out in one, playing such games as "Escape from Grandma's House II" and "Hockey Dad". In a FlashBack episode to the early eighties, a group of kids go play a video game version of "Kick the Can", and a Mumbly Peg arcade machine can be seen in the background.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Video arcades remain popular in Japan (where they are known as game centers).
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