Does anyone remember the arcades of yore? Does anyone remember how easy it was to go anywhere that was considered a place you had to wait for something and saw an arcade machine somewhere in the lobby? This examiner misses those great times.
We are going back to your childhood. Do you remember when the Gameboy just had two colors on it, green and dark green? Do you remember when the hottest console was the Atari 5200? Do you remember going to the California Club to watch a movie at full price and it was actually decent? Okay this examiner just exposed his location to the world. However, as a kid I can remember when my Mom went shopping at California Club for God knows what and the only reason I enjoyed going there was the arcade. A little dungeon of a place but it had every game you would ever want to play. Slowly yet assuredly it was gone. Of course the some of the games appeared in the theater after a while but it wasn’t the same thing. It wasn’t the same feeling that you get in that dark room full of visual pleasures.
Does anyone remember the Dade County Youth Fair years ago? They also had a tent filled with arcades machines. I remember when I was in 5th grade and the field trip was to the Youth Fair. I was too short to get on the exciting rides. The arcade tent however was all the excitement I needed.
Before cell phones and high-end portable consoles the arcade machine was the way to go. It was in every location you can think of that you had to wait a while for anything. They still thrive in Laundromats around America. One of my reviews was based out of a game I played at a local Laundromat. I remember that even the Burger Kings in the area had an arcade machine. Later on they improved with video game consoles in the children’s area but they were never playable. The kids always broke the controller anyway.
In all of the reminiscing I know what you are thinking. We still have Dave and Busters, GameTime formerly GameWorks and few other locations in Broward county. However these aren’t the arcades I remember. Where a game only cost 25¢and you used actual money, not tokens or cards. Where’s the place where all of the kids hung out and played after school. We all stayed out of trouble and our parents watched us like hawks or went to a surrounding store. Sometimes the parents even joined in the fun because many of the games in that dark welcoming room were games that they mastered when they were growing up. Kids used to bet lunch money that they could get farther than someone else on Super Mario or Frogger. To their surprise and their loss they had to eat with whatever they can get from between the sofa cushions.
Look out for part two later this week.