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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 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 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.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The characters in Sailor Moon often hang out at the the Crown game center. In the live-action series it was changed to a karaoke parlor, but it was kept in Sailor Moon Crystal since arcades are still relatively popular in Japan.
  • A video arcade features prominently in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, where Kyouko is proficient in a DDR-esque dance game.
  • Lupin III Dragon Of Doom begins with Jigen and Lupin hanging out in one. Lupin's preoccupied trying to get the Lupin doll from the Claw game.

    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 

  • 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.

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    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 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.

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

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