The surprising, stealth rebirth of the American arcade
August 7, 2012 11:51 AM Subscribe
posted by SpacemanStix (177 comments total)
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"The arcade industry is dead in the United States—everyone knows it—done in by a combination of rapidly advancing home consoles and rapidly expanding suburbanization in the late '80s and early '90s. The only people not in on this bit of conventional wisdom are the ones who happen to be opening a surprising number of successful new arcades around the country
"Could the trend continue? 'I guarantee you're going to see at least two or three [arcades] in every city in this country within the next 10 to 15 years,' said Chris Laporte, founder of Las Vegas arcade Insert Coin(s), which recently announced an expansion to a second location in downtown Minneapolis. '... People who grew up on this stuff have now grown up, but they're not really grown-ups, you know what I mean?'"