View Poll Results: Are the Video game arcade and the Internet Cafe obsolete today?

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  1. Post #1
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    November 2006
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    We all know about Video game arcades. They been around since the 1980s and provide people a source of quick enjoyment as well as a good source of money for investors. With the appearance of the internet in the late 90s and beginning of the 2000's era, they serve as a compliment to game arcades since there are arcades combined with internet cafe. But lately after the year 2006 , more people could afford to buy their own computer and game consoles.

    Now the game arcades began to face decline in the early 2000s when the home consoles and PC hardware become superior. Internet cafes began a slow decline starting in the year 2006 since most people have broadband internet and own computers.

    Back in the year 2004, there were a lot of internet cafes/arcades but most close shop after 2007.

    You might say Internet cafe is useful if your home all of a sudden has no internet but would you really pay a few bucks an hour to use a public computer that might have a virus? Internet cafes has limited privacy and video game arcades are really a dying breed of entertainment since casual phone games for iphone and android provide a better option for videogames.

    So, does a video game arcade and an internet cafe still have some uses left in this early 11s era (2011 -2020)?

    Is the Video game arcade and the Internet Cafe obsolete today?

  2. Post #2
    Jacinth's Avatar
    January 2010
    1,126 Posts
    But every internet cafe I've been to is usually primarily a LAN Gaming centre too. While arcades and internet cafe only places may be dead/dying, the PC gaming internet cafe is very much so alive (and very entertaining if you can get a bunch of friends to go).

  3. Post #3
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    Reds's Avatar
    May 2010
    15,897 Posts
    We all know about Video game arcades. They been around since the 1980s and provide people a source of quick enjoyment as well as a good source of money for investors. With the appearance of the internet in the late 90s and beginning of the 2000's era, they serve as a compliment to game arcades since there are arcades combined with internet cafe. But lately after the year 2006 , more people could afford to buy their own computer and game consoles.

    Now the game arcades began to face decline in the early 2000s when the home consoles and PC hardware become superior. Internet cafes began a slow decline starting in the year 2006 since most people have broadband internet and own computers.

    Back in the year 2004, there were a lot of internet cafes/arcades but most close shop after 2007.

    You might say Internet cafe is useful if your home all of a sudden has no internet but would you really pay a few bucks an hour to use a public computer that might have a virus? Internet cafes has limited privacy and video game arcades are really a dying breed of entertainment since casual phone games for iphone and android provide a better option for videogames.

    So, does a video game arcade and an internet cafe still have some uses left in this early 11s era (2011 -2020)?

    Is the Video game arcade and the Internet Cafe obsolete today?
    The internet cafe is obsolete, I'd say. Arcades are technically obsolete, but I have a ton of fun whenever I go to one, and I'd miss them if they'd go. But then again, in America you pay a quarter for one credit on a machine. In Australia, it's a full dollar. Not exactly fun for your wallet.

  4. Post #4
    Destroyertf's Avatar
    May 2009
    802 Posts
    In places other than asian countries, yes, it is obsolete, but in south Korea for example, I dare to say that most gamers use internet cafes.

  5. Post #5
    BixByte's Avatar
    March 2010
    175 Posts
    I can't say much in the way of internet cafes, but in terms of arcades, its sad to see them becoming a dying breed in places like the US. There aren't that many still around today, or at least ones that could be considered actual arcades. Most of the ones still in business, mostly those around my area anyway, seem to be focused on redemption games (i.e. those ones that spit out tickets like slot machines for kids) rather than your standard arcade cabinets. This really says something about the market for such businesses, especially in the US. In other countries, Japan in particular, arcades are a more common element in everyday life; So much so that they're practically everywhere in the country's major urban centers. This mainly due to the fact that lots of people are on the move, and don't have time to sit down on the couch or a computer chair and play games for hours on end. In that light, arcades there have a definable purpose: they serve as quick and easy entertainment for people on the go. This obviously isn't the case in other societies like the US where people have taken to home consoles and PCs for entertainment, rather than having to deal with the hassle that can be trekking down to an arcade. Also, with the heavy amount of centralization that can be found in tightly packed cities in places like Japan and South Korea, arcades have a certain niche that they can fill perfectly.

    Aside from this, PC/console hardware is and always will be more powerful in terms of graphical capabilities than arcades cabinets, but I personally feel that there's something special about playing on an arcade machine in its own right. Games like Time Crisis, Street Fighter, and especially those iconic games like DDR just aren't the same being played at home. Also, I feel that there's a certain social aspect to taking a trip down to an arcade that you just can't get by playing a game online at home. I guess its just the idea of getting out of the house and still being able to enjoy the games you know and love with others that really appeals to me. Being able to meet new people face to face and compete with them in real time creates a good atmosphere that just can't be found in gaming at home in front of a monitor by yourself.

    So in terms of being obsolete, arcades are and aren't in varying lights. Depending on how you look at them, they're not all that fitting in many of today's society in terms of practicality, but something about the arcade itself has a certain charm that really can't be matched in any other way.

  6. Post #6
    Black's Avatar
    December 2009
    2,944 Posts
    Internet Cafes are very useful in African countries were using one is cheaper for people than getting internet and a computer.

  7. Post #7
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    krten_2x 4b's Avatar
    December 2008
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    I love going to arcades.
    Nothing is better than playing time crisis 2 with a friend.

  8. Post #8
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    thelurker1234's Avatar
    June 2011
    4,863 Posts
    arcades are great for parties birthdays etc.
    internet cafes Never used one so IDK.

  9. Post #9
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    .FLAP.JACK.DAN.'s Avatar
    September 2010
    4,111 Posts
    I don't think arcades are ever going to die out since there is always a market where beaches/board walks are.

  10. Post #10
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    December 2008
    3,518 Posts
    I don't think arcades are ever going to die out since there is always a market where beaches/board walks are.
    They're not dying, they're just turning into shit. All the good ones at Wildwood turned into wannabe casinos, all the fun games are impossibly hard to force you to spend a ton just to get through a single level and every other game is either photo booths, or just some game you play for 5 seconds to get some tickets.

    I recently went to Chuckie Cheese for my sister's birthday, everything was ticket-based, not a single game simple designed for fun except some african safari game which was broken (polygons were literally shooting off models in random directions) and some rigged tokyo cop game (which I ended up playing the entire time). Also all the prizes are now crap there, inflatable hammers used to be huge and like 100 tickets, now they're tiny and cost 300 tickets.

    I always wanted to open up an arcade when I got older and fill it with classic arcade machines just because there's literally no arcades in Philly.

  11. Post #11
    I can buy a title to replace to the one someone bought me
    UnknownDude's Avatar
    December 2007
    4,062 Posts
    Internet cafes are widespread in developing countries, I don't think it's obsolete.

  12. Post #12
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    November 2008
    12,096 Posts
    It's a social thing, in my opinion. Personally I've never really gone to an arcade or cybercafe with friends, but on the other hand I've never gone to a pub either (then again I'm a year too young for that but that's not the point).

    We can drink beer at home now, but that doesn't mean we still don't go to pubs to drink their beer.

  13. Post #13
    alexojm's Avatar
    May 2009
    3,248 Posts
    None are near me but even if one was I still wouldn't use it. But it all depends on where you live and what country your in.

  14. Post #14
    Antonahill's Avatar
    July 2007
    654 Posts
    I don't think they are obsolete. There was a mall here that had a little place in it called Itech. You basically paid $3 an hour to play on their nice computers and they had a nice selection of games too. I went there all the time when I was younger cause I didn't have a good computer. Even if you didn't have money, there was always somebody there that you knew. To be honest, even though I have a decent pc now I would probably still go there if they didn't tear the mall down. RIP Itech, so many good memories.
    These types of places are good if you don't have a good gaming rig and you can even meet cool new people if you go frequently. Hell, Itech even had CS tournaments and if you won then you got an all day pass.

  15. Post #15
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    Itachi_Crow's Avatar
    November 2007
    13,524 Posts
    i hope arcades never die out because some games just work better on arcade machines than pc/console

    rail shooters being a prime example

    plus its fun to chill @ arcades with friends

    anyone who's ever been to a dave and buster's knows that there are plenty of unique games that wouldnt be nearly as cool outide an arcade, the mech game where you are literally inside the cockpit being one of them

  16. Post #16
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    March 2012
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    They're useful in Palau. 356kb/s up/down for DSL is $700 /month
    Although there are the cards that PNCC sell. Those are useful to use around the islands.

  17. Post #17
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    February 2011
    1,709 Posts
    There is not a single arcade near me in a 100km radius. (I live in holland)
    Kind of makes them seem obsolete.

  18. Post #18

    March 2012
    87 Posts
    It's pretty fun to crack open a dew with bros and play some games somewhere that's not my sweaty ass apartment

  19. Post #19
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    November 2006
    10,994 Posts
    Depends on the arcade games really. Usually they're just crap no one wants to play but if it's stuff like Time Crisis or Metal Slug, I spend at least $20-$30 on them without realizing it.

  20. Post #20
    jason3232's Avatar
    July 2009
    1,599 Posts
    Nope, atleast in where I live (Hong Kong).
    People go to Gaming Arcade to play some games that you can't play on PC or other consoles like Sangokushi Taisen and others, and for Internet Cafe, I know a lot of student go there to play computer games since their parents don't allow them to play it at home.

  21. Post #21
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    Chaoss86's Avatar
    November 2011
    510 Posts
    They will probably make a come back a few years down the road (like records)

  22. Post #22
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    June 2008
    10,340 Posts
    Arcades have sadly died out over here in denmark, but they're important in the US due to fighting game tournaments, which brings in a shit ton of money. And I go to a net cafe once a week so they're not obsolete, it's always full of people too.

  23. Post #23
    Shock_Coil's Avatar
    March 2008
    725 Posts
    I used to live next to an arcade and I wish there was one by me now. Arcades are more about the social experience, something you can't get with friends over your house or people online. I think high scores on a physical cabinet seem to mean much more too. Other games just work better, the Wii's zapper gun on a rail-shooter just doesn't feel as good as holding one of the heavy, feedback giving, guns that arcade rail-shooters have. Not to mention the sights and sounds of so many machines going on creates an unmatched atmosphere for an arcade. The thing is, the games all try to draw you in with lights and sounds since they have to catch your attention if they want to succeed. You can't get the same feeling with home games.

    Oh, and arcades have pinball machines, virtual ones are no where near as good and real ones are too big to have in a normal house.

  24. Post #24
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    Fkpuz Version 1's Avatar
    March 2005
    2,578 Posts
    I love arcades but I can see why they're dying out in droves. There is only 1 decent sized arcade still left where I live and I imagine it will stay since it's the only one now, but a bunch of awesome small ones closed around 95-2000. I'm fine with the arcades dying as long as one stays around since I'm gay for pinball machines. If I ever get a real job that will be one of the first things I buy. But yeah, with the current generation of convenience and consoles/handhelds being pretty cheap it is easy to see why arcades are dead and dying.

  25. Post #25
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    Zethiwag's Avatar
    February 2009
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    Are internet cafe usages untraceable? If they were, I can imagine terrorists using them to plot terrorist stuff over the internet.

  26. Post #26
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    Fkpuz Version 1's Avatar
    March 2005
    2,578 Posts
    Are internet cafe usages untraceable? If they were, I can imagine terrorists using them to plot terrorist stuff over the internet.
    Government bans Internet Cafes, Zethiwag recieves anti-terrorism badge of honor.

  27. Post #27
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    Zethiwag's Avatar
    February 2009
    3,611 Posts
    "Internet cafes are terrorism hotspots that are only used for nefarious anti-American plots, we must put a stop to internet cafes today. God Bless America" - Zethiwag, 2012

  28. Post #28
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    February 2005
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    As someone who's been to a dozen different internet cafe's and hopes to open one someday, they're not really dead. A ton of them just have nothing going for them. The place looks like shit, the lights are off all the time, the food sucks, no one who works there actually wants to be there, there isn't anywhere to really lounge without playing, etc. I think most people believe they can just throw computers in a room and charge people for them and that's just retarded. You need to create a place where people want to hang out, want to bring their friends/family and want to keep coming back to. It's an environmental thing that people don't understand.

  29. Post #29
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    August 2011
    78 Posts
    As someone who's been to a dozen different internet cafe's and hopes to open one someday, they're not really dead. A ton of them just have nothing going for them. The place looks like shit, the lights are off all the time, the food sucks, no one who works there actually wants to be there, there isn't anywhere to really lounge without playing, etc. I think most people believe they can just throw computers in a room and charge people for them and that's just retarded. You need to create a place where people want to hang out, want to bring their friends/family and want to keep coming back to. It's an environmental thing that people don't understand.
    Agreed. I went to a specific one for about 4 years, and they are still going (despite financial issues). There are many that are excellent places to hang out at, but it largely depends on the staff's attitude and ambitions. They hosted occasional events, and the staff was generally humorous and cheery, and that was what brought consumers. Internet cafes are very alive, if you consider the fact people want to hang out - or they might not have their own computer with internet.

    But yeah, I agree - most people are seeing the logic. People no longer go to arcades to win little trinkets, because they can just save their money and buy an iPod. They don't need to play at an arcade either, because they have an Xbox 360 or PS3. Technological advancements are probably the cause of their rising obscurity. Not many people go to arcades anymore, unless they are feeling nostalgic.

  30. Post #30
    BenJammin''s Avatar
    December 2010
    6,322 Posts
    I REALLY hope arcades come back to some sort of mainstream. Arcades are just an amazing experience and can build many friendships.

  31. Post #31
    Internet Cafes are mainly for LAN if you ask me. So It's really fun to go with some friends (Sometimes they own a desktop so they can't haul it to your house)

    As for arcades. They should stay. Some of the best times of my childhood was in them.

  32. Post #32
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    January 2012
    712 Posts
    Really to me you cannot beat the feeling of playing a game in an arcade just all your focus on the cabinet, getting the high score and or beating it while spending as little tokens or quarters as possible.
    But really that is more of a nostalgia thing. I think they do hold a place in culture and are not obsolete usually depending on where you live, but thats just my opinion.



  33. Post #33
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    July 2006
    910 Posts
    A portion of my late childhood was spent at a local Internet cafe, and I don't regret it one bit. Gamers played on LAN most of the time, which made gaming much more fun. It had an outstanding community that constantly held tournaments, events, and lock-ins (when you game until dawn, featuring tournaments and prizes). Here's a video of their first lock-in:


    Unfortunately, they're closed now...

  34. Post #34
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    June 2005
    7,026 Posts
    Well going by how new Tekken games are usually released on arcade machines before they're released for consoles I would say arcade most probably isn't obsolete.

  35. Post #35
    VinWolvenkrad's Avatar
    April 2012
    34 Posts
    I had an awesome Gaming internet-cafe where I live called Launchpad, it used to be a great little place with alot of games, all you had to do was fill out some info like name and such for registration and boom, your in. It was funded by the council, bit weird to me though how a town council funds a LAN cafe... But down the road the owner whom I've known for years had to move the cafe because the building was old and leaked water from the ducted cooling shorting out 4 of the 16 Asus gaming rigs. So they moved and now the council turned the whole place into a tween socialite mosh-pit full of Facebook, screaming kids and One Direction beaming out of the radio. I check in on the owner here and there just to talk about gaming and reminisce about the days back then, pretty much all they have now is Warcraft 3 and Xbox whom I unsurprisingly own everyone in the place at.

    But I think good internet cafe's are great and wont go out of style anytime soon, it's a good place to meet and greet other people who share interests.

  36. Post #36
    KillaBEe's Avatar
    October 2005
    400 Posts
    I'd say its obsolete. Especially internet cafe's, who doesn't have internet at home nowadays? A shitload of people even have 3G and there's wifi everywhere (Trains, shitloads of restaurants, schools) so yeah.

    Arcades, meh. I'd say obsolete. It costs shitloads to play a game. Imo, I wouldn't pay for it. Unless it gets cheaper or something, haha. But even then, I'd only go for arcade machines. If I wanted to play CS, for example, i'd rather go home and play it there on my own PC with my own setup and mouse/keyboard.

    Not to mention the horrible protection on those computers. Keyloggers errywharrr :V

    Edit: though I must say, arcades in Japan do look really sweet :D

  37. Post #37
    7331's Avatar
    April 2012
    566 Posts
    Video Game Arcades are still awesome imo

  38. Post #38
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    S31-Syntax's Avatar
    October 2007
    9,808 Posts
    I would kill to have access to a good arcade. Screw tickets and screw overpriced useless prizes. I wanna shell out shittons of quarters and have a grand old time playing Galaga while surrounded by friends going "YEAH ZAP EM BUHBLAM ALRIGHT!" Mechanically? They're absolutely obsolete. you can condense entire arcade buildings into a single console nowadays and its loads cheaper to do so. But they're still fun as hell.

  39. Post #39
    MrTwicks's Avatar
    November 2009
    2,367 Posts
    oh god i miss lan partys

  40. Post #40
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    Penguin-Man's Avatar
    June 2008
    2,365 Posts
    It's all a matter of undertaking and execution. (It's in Japan, however.)

    My local LAN Gaming Center shut down awhile ago, I do miss it.