[[caption-width-right:350:Not as common as they used to be, but they still exist in the West.[[note]]Left: ''VideoGame/PumpItUp''; Right: ''Ms. VideoGame/PacMan''[[/note]]]]

A {{setting|s}} not seen as much these days due to their decline - thanks to home consoles and Internet cafés - this is where all the kids used to go to play their [[UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame video games]]. 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 pristine, 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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The characters in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' often hang out at 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.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* A video arcade was also seen briefly in ''WesternAnimation/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 Litwak's Arcade on Route 83, revolving around what the characters in the games do after-hours.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* A montage of arcades in the movies can be seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4XRQxbrLS8o here]].
* ''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.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' revisits the same arcade, assuming the time to be TheEighties.
* The Creator/JackieChan film ''Film/CityHunter'' has a scene set in the arcade on a cruise liner, where Jackie gets thrown into a ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' machine and absorbs the personas of some of the game characters.
* ''Film/{{Joysticks}}'', a teen sex comedy.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', where John Connor is playing the slightly anachronistic but thematically appropriate ''VideoGame/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 Creator/{{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 a ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' parody called Ninja Ninja Revolution.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'', 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.
* In ''Film/SouthlandTales'', Music/JustinTimberlake's disfigured WorldWarThree vet deals illegal psychic drugs from an arcade. After he gets high on his own supply, he enters the mindscape, spontaneously erupts into the Bridge of "All These Things That I've Done" by Music/TheKillers, and psychically forgives his friend for wounding him in a friendly-fire incident. In the background, his militiamen - all of them in military uniforms - happily take up their light guns and blast away at the arcade cabinets.

* ''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.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the pilot of ''Series/{{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.
* The second series of ''Series/{{StrangerThings}}'' starts with the group visiting their local arcade, playing Dragon's Lair and meeting the soon-to-be newest member of the group.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' features at least one arcade per game so far. Along with a few diversions like dart boards and whatnot, they also include [[GameWithinAGame fully playable]] cabinets for games like ''VideoGame/SpaceHarrier'', ''Hang On'' and ''VideoGame/{{Afterburner}} II''.
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' has the arcade-in-game version.
* The paradigm for UsefulNotes/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'', the brothers can visit an arcade in Little Fungitown.
* In the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series, the Arcade Center is a staple dating location.
* ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' 2 featured a video arcade in one level. The arcade machines could be [[RewardingVandalism smashed to drop power-ups]].
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'': In the [[TheEighties Neon Mixtape Tour]] world, your lawn turns into one when there's a huge wave of Arcade Zombies pushing entire columns of arcade machines in. Taken even further during an 8-bit Jam, where the arcade machines flash, make noises, [[TheGameComeToLife and start spawning 8-bit zombies from them]].
* ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'' has one in the ''Midway Arcade'' expansion, complete with a real-world buildable arcade machine that can be inserted into the game to play fully-emulated versions of classic Midway arcade games such as ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'', ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'', and ''VideoGame/RoadBlasters''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has arcade cabinets in several attackers' spawn rooms. Hanamura in particular has an entire Japanese game center for an attack spawn. [[{{Ninja}} Genji]] remarks about how he used to spend his days there and [[GamerChick D.Va]] gloats about her high scores.
* The ending sequence of ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' has the game characters bursting out of an arcade machine and into an arcade.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/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 1980s, 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.
* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Steven frequently goes to the arcade in Beach City. Interestingly, games like ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Meat Beat Mania]]'' are portrayed very realistically and modernly. They get a lot of the small details down right, such as the time counting down for the player to deposit more tokens to continue playing.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has an arcade, complete with ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'', albeit one that's closed down. That doesn't stop ''some'' residents from jigging.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Video arcades remain popular in Japan, where they are known as game centers.
* There are usually at least two in any small town, one in the bowling alley and one in the movie theater, so that young teens out with their friends might entertain themselves and spend their money whilst waiting for their parents to come pick them up after their movie/game is over.