Thinking of arcades can bring back fond memories for many of us. If you were around for the 80s, the word might bring back pixelated and knobby video games, or maybe a giant gray rat (or is it a mouse?) Named Chuck for 90s kids. No matter what generation you're from, chances are your inner kid is dying to get your hands on some form of nostalgic entertainment. You're in luck! Arcades are making a comeback. Here's why you should not feel embarrassed visiting one when they pop up in your neck of the woods.
You Will not Be the Only Adult
Let's be honest with ourselves. Why do we resist the urge to jump into giant ball pits in the fun areas of fast food restaurants? Because we're afraid of scrutiny from our fellow adults of course! The joy of an arcade is its ability to bring everyone together. You can challenge your adult friend to a friendly game of foosball or teach your own children how to play. You'll be able to explain to any youngsters in the area just who Q * bert is by trying to attain your previous score from your childhood arcade. Let's face it – who can resist the pull of Galaga?
8-Bit is In
You fondly remember the tiny pixels that came together to create the most wonderful shapes – cherries, ghosts, spaceships, trees, fighters, animals, racecars. Today's video games have incredible high definition, so much so that you sometimes can not distinguish the detailed background from the characters you're supposed to play as or the enemies you're supposed to fight. Some classic games and systems are starting to be revived, so kids today are able to have an idea of the joys that video games used to be. Peruse a handmade crafts website and you'll find 8-bit jewelery, wall art, and clothing. It's very likely that the hipsters will be out in full force at an arcade.
It Would Make For An Interesting Date Night
If you're looking for somewhere different to go with your significant other, arcades are just what you need. Why spend the night staring at a TV screen or a projector eating $ 20-a-bag popcorn when you can spend your time competing against each other? Seeing who can beat the other's high score in pinball or who can complete the Pacman tables faster, an arcade can bring flashy excitement to the night. Even foosball can bring couples closer – or place a wedge in between them, if anyone's a sore loser. Competitiveness brings out passion, so why would not you want to go with that special someone?
Arcades are not just for kids or delinquents looking for a place to hang out. They're a place for people to get together and enjoy life. After all, there's nothing more satisfying than watching your family member's face fall as you beat their high score.