The arcade that I frequented for years closed about a year ago. I now no longer visit arcades with any regularity whatsoever. It was very fun at its peak. Going to an arcade to play games with friends functioned as an outlet very similar to going to a ber with friends to drink. Playing games at home alone or with a few friends just isn’t the same as the playing in a community with friends that play similar games and have similar competitive interests. Just like drinking or dancing at home alone isn’t nearly as fun as going out.
They really were good times. *sigh*