When I was a teenager in the early to mid 80s, the only place where you could play really good games in Sweden were either in the arcades or at the local burger joint. Playing games like Gyruss, Ghosts’n Goblins and Bombjack was what converted me into the gamer I am today.
At one point I actually owned a couple of arcade cabinets as well. In the mid 90s they started to become cheap enough for a private consumer to buy. Emulation was still not good enough so you had to buy real arcade boards on Ebay. Each board contained one game so you could imagine the space this would take up when you got 15-20 games.
Anyhow, the documentary The Lost Arcade is about the legendary Chinatown Fair in New York City. One of the last arcades in the western world. I haven’t seen it yet, but will as soon as I get the chance. Now watch the trailer below!