In the US, the video arcades that were known in the 1980's & 1990's have practically died out due to home consoles outpacing them technically & having a better "replay value" in the long run. Many arcades no longer exist, but there's still some around that tend to fall into a few...
In the US, the video arcades that were known in the 1980's & 1990's have practically died out due to home consoles outpacing them technically & having a better "replay value" in the long run. Many arcades no longer exist, but there's still some around that tend to fall into a few typical categories...
* Archival Arcades -- These are typically non-profit venues that try to stick to the classic arcade feel. Some may still utilize the coin-op mechanisms, but some may utilize an "all you can play" entry fee (somewhere around $20) & all the games are on freeplay. Known arcades that fall into this spectrum are FunSpot (in Weirs Beach, NH) & The Pinball Hall of Fame (in Las Vegas, NV).
* Arcade Showrooms -- These are typically businesses that sell arcade games & even restoration services that have arcade machines set up in an arcade-like or showroom-like environment for potential buyers to try out with the machines on freeplay. These businesses may do private parties for groups. Businesses like TnT Amusements of SouthHampton, PA ( http://www.tntamusements.com/
) is a prime example of this. TnT Amusements is known for their infomercials (which some "cheesiness" baked in as part of the humor) & they post videos from their restoration workshop of various arcade machines being professionally restored on YouTube ( https://www.youtube.com/tntamusements
* Game 'n Pub or "Barcades" -- These are typically restaurants or pubs / bars that have a focus on arcade games & machines. While they may have a large selection of games (being coin-op, or modern equivalence), they're more focused on food & drinks. Due to alcoholic beverages being available, these are typically for adults only. They may have "family friendly" hours, but will likely enforce an age curfew (varies by business) as a result. Dave & Busters is the main franchise for this, but there's other smaller arcades as well like Ground Kontrol in Portland, OR.
While I cannot say for certain about other countries, they have likely fallen into similar suit as the US.
In Japan, however, the arcade scene is still very much alive (Not necessarily thriving, but still very healthy). While factors are unknown (denser population, more unique experiences, better gaming communities, game companies owning the arcades, ect.), you can still find a good number of arcades & game centers within the country.