Arcade Fun

An arcade often refers to an entertainment establishment or an area within an amusement park that houses different coin-operated machines and video games. It is a popular hangout for many teenagers and young adults alike. However, there are still a number of adults who still enjoy a game or two when visiting arcades. The different types of arcade games include video games, pinball machines, shooting galleries, ball toss games, crane machines, dance and music games, and simulated games, among many others. Most, if not all, arcade games are coin, token or magnetic card operated, and you can get a prize immediately or collect tickets or points for redemption of various items depending on the number of tickets or points.

Arcade and video games’ origins can be traced back in early 20th century and grew in popularity in the 1970s with machines built mostly by Japanese companies such as Atari. However, coin operated games can actually be traced back as early as 350 BC during the time of Alexander the Great. According to one story, there was a man who presented Alexander the Great a game that once you placed a coin in it, the players would be able to bring balls up and down to disappear in several holes as controlled by the players. The winner could get twice what was given as a bet. Another coin operated machine used as a game of chance and to win some money was a slot machine invented by a jester in 1108. It was described similarly to the slot machines we know today – put in a coin, operate the level and get a chance to double your money.

Subsequently, other coin operated games were invented and introduced to the public with intention of providing entertainment and multiple chances of winning more than they betted. The rise in producing different kinds and types of coin operated machines for entertainment started around the late 1800s but reached its highest peak, including other arcade and video games, in early 2000. However, from 2004 until pretty much today, there was a decline in arcade games with the rise in popularity of portable video game gadgets such as Play Station and PSP, Xbox, Wii, PCs, and even mobile phones, among many others.

Nevertheless, arcades in different parts of the country still have considerable following especially as part of amusement parks and inside shopping malls. Young kids and teenagers can still be seen hanging out in arcades to meet friends and to compete with others who have the same interest on playing arcade and video games. Nowadays, the most popular arcade and video games include Sega’s Extreme Hunting 2 Tournament (video kit), JVL’s Retro (countertop), Raw Thrills-Betson’s Fast & Furious (video dedicated), Raw Thrills-Betson’s Fast & Furious Super Bikes (video simulators), Stern Pinball’s Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean (pinball game), Skee-Ball’s Skee-Ball Too! (alley bowlers), Skee-Ball’s Super Shot (sports games), Rainbow’s Rainbow (cranes & rotaries), Betson’s Sponge Bob Jellyfish (children’s games), ICE’s Deal or No Deal (novelty games), Family Fun Co.’s Football Fortune (coin drop), Benchmark’s

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What Are Non-Video Arcade Games?

Non video arcade games are exactly what they say they are, games that are not played on a video screen. This does not mean that these are limited to only pinball machines. As a general category, these will include every type of coin operated game that is not played on a video screen. The non video category will generally be broken down into three major types, single player skill, multi player competitive and pinball machines.

The single player skill category will include some of the more familiar carnival games such as skeeball, Rapid Fire Basketball and various shooting gallery games. These attraction of these challenges is based on the individual’s personal performance. The player’s ability to advance to more difficult levels, or achieve a high score is not affected by a competitor, it is based on personal achievement. Your ability is measured against the same criteria in every game, how high you score in the amount of time provided, or before you use up all of your turns (for example the fixed number of balls provided during skeeball). Also included in this category are Pachinko machines, although your success here is based mainly on luck.

The more common type of non video arcade games are the multi player competitive games. The arcade games that fall into this category will include (but are not limited to) foosball, air hockey, electronic darts, table top shuffle board, and coin operated pool tables. In addition to the ability of the single player (or team) to obtain a high score, the there is also the more immediate satisfaction in being able to defeat your friends in head-to-head competition.

Pinball machines, naturally are also included in the non video arcade game category, but they also have the added distinction of being able to be both a single player skill game and a multi player competitive game.

Non video arcade games may not be as technologically advanced, but they are every bit as exciting and competitive.

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