Speaking Arcade-ically – A Brief Overview of (My) Arcade History

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By some strange twist of conversational fate, arcades have been coming up a lot in my everyday life.  There is a new retro-arcade opening the next town over from me in a couple of months, my friend just had a birthday at a Dave and Buster’s nearby, and I have been running into a lot of articles outlining old arcade games or interesting information about the entertainment complexes of yore.  Not that there aren’t still plenty around to spend your hard earned quarters at, but people certainly don’t run into arcades as often as I remember.  In fact, there used to be one (or two) at every mall I used to spend time at growing up.  Recently, I ran into a couple of games that really showed me how far arcades have come, even if they are pretty far and few between, and reminded me of the games I used to waste more money than I’m comfortable thinking about back in the day.

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