Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Arcades offer consumers the opportunity to play various mechanical games and machines for the purpose of entertainment. Game play is facilitated by depositing money, which results in a predetermined game play or action. Arcades may take the form of a distinct business locale constructed around these games, such as a video arcade that caterers to video game play offering a variety of game options. Alternately, quasi-arcades are common in public venues, such as in restaurants, malls, truck stops, bars, bowling alleys, and lobbies of movie theaters, where the games and entertainment machines are secondary entertainment used to bolster revenue from patrons. One is particularly likely to find these machines in areas where people are found unoccupied or waiting. Early “penny” arcades emerged in the late 1800s. These arcades may have been stable businesses set up in urban or tourist settings, but they also travelled with amusement parks and circuses. Within ...