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A [[{{Settings}} setting]] 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 [[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 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.

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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 Litwak's Arcade on Route 83, revolving around what the characters in the games do after-hours.
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[[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. The [[Film/TronLegacy sequel]] assumes it to have been TheEighties, though.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'' revisits the same arcade.
* The JackieChan film, ''Film/CityHunter'' has a scene set in the arcade on a cruise liner, where Jackie gets thrown into a StreetFighterII machine and absorbs the personas of some of the game characters.
* ''{{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.
* In ''Film/SouthlandTales'', 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.
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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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