Video Arcade

A 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 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 flash and burble to themselves even when not being played. More recent examples often feature Dance Dance Revolution-style fun.

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

See also Suck E. Cheese's. Pac Man Fever optional.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Film — Animation 
  • A video arcade was also seen briefly in Monster House, in the scene where the main heroes enlist the help of a friend in information dealing with the possessed house.
  • Wreck-It Ralph takes place in Litwak's Arcade on Route 83, revolving around what the characters in the games do after-hours.

    Film — Live Action 

    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.

    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.

    Video Games 

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons: Bart will still occasionally hang out in one, playing such games as "Escape from Grandma's House II" and "Hockey Dad". In a Flash Back 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 Steven Universe, Steven frequently goes to the arcade in Beach City. Interestingly, games like 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.
  • Gravity Falls has an arcade, complete with Dance Dance Revolution, albeit one that's closed down. That doesn't stop some residents from jigging.

     Real Life 
  • Video arcades remain popular in Japan, where they are known as game centers.