For Amusement Only: The Life and Death of the American Arcade

Great article on the history of the arcade and its demise. I didn’t realize how far it had fallen. There is an arcade here in Portland — actually a chain of them — called Wunderland Games that has been around forever. And there is a thriving arcade on the coast in Seaside, which is a little tourist town. I did drive by the house I grew up in and noticed the one we used to go to when I was a kid was gone.

Honestly, I wasn’t much of a gamer. I never liked losing money — didn’t have much to begin with. Dumping coins into the slot never really appealed to me. Given that, history does appeal to me and I learned a lot from this The Verge feature article. Enjoy!