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
to themselves even when not being played. More recent examples often feature Dance Dance Revolution
Special mention must go to arcades as locations in video games.
See also Suck E. Cheese's
. Pac Man Fever
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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 an arcade, revolving around what the characters in the games do after-hours.
Film — Live Action
- A montage of arcades in the movies can be seen here.
- 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.
- TRON: Legacy revisits the same arcade.
- The Jackie Chan film, City Hunter has a scene set in the arcade on a cruise liner, where Jackie gets thrown into a Street Fighter II machine and absorbs the personas of some of the game characters.
- Joysticks, a teen sex comedy.
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where John Connor is playing the slightly anachronistic but thematically appropriate Missile Command.
- Double Dragon
- Arcade (no, really)
- "The Bishop of Battle" segment in Nightmares (1983). Most of the action takes place in a video arcade.
- The arcade in The Wizard, perhaps best known for the infamous "He touched my breasts!" scene.
- Never Say Never Again has an arcade apparently sponsored by Atari, as it contained virtually nothing but Centipede
- The Karate Kid
- Adventureland is set in an arcade in an amusement park
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World includes an arcade scene with Dance Dance Revolution
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is a place without parental supervision were underage kids smoke cigars (!) and the Foot Clan recruits new members.
- RoboCop 2 features an arcade where all the machines are from Data East, who were responsible for the Robocop videogames.
- In Southland Tales, Justin Timberlake's disfigured World War III 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 The Killers, 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.
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.
- 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.
- Video arcades remain popular in Japan (where they are known as game centers).