Vimster Posted May 13, 2011 Share Posted May 13, 2011 (Changed the title as it wasn't a depressing day at the seaside, it was rather nice, it was just the arcade bit that got me down a bit) (Changed it again - thanks Droo) I know there have been "death of the arcades" threads before but I have just got in from a day by the seaside and am feeling a bit pissed off. Had a day off work and went down to Weston Super Mare. Not been there since 1995 The new Grand Pier opened last year was an impressive structure but christ was it a waste. I've never seen so many grabbers and fruit machines. The actual arcade machines there were all the novelty hardware: dancing, racing, shooting and Guitar Hero Arcade. Terminator Salvation wasn't too bad, nor was H2O Overdrive (or H2Overdrive or whatever), which was actually really good fun and gave you lots of race for your money. The vast majority of games were £1 a go. On a side not: they did have a Mario Kart machine there that seemed to be broken, but in a good way. Sat in the seat to find it had 10 credits already! Needless to say I didn't leave that machine until all 10 credits were spent. Saved me a fortune! Went back later to see two lads playing on it, the same thing had happened. There were a couple of belters there, Sega Rally Championship was 50p a go (a comparative bargain!), although the Outrun 2 machine was dead. Mind you, House of the Dead 1 and 2 were still £1 - criminal. A couple of pinball machines too, The Dark Knight and some other one (I'm bloody useless at pinball). Good to see those though. Amidst the grabbers and token-spewers was a lone Virtua Striker machine, one joystick missing it's top, looking a bit sorry. They still wanted 50p a go for it though. What I found more depressing though was visiting all the arcades I'd been to 16 years previously and seeing how they'd pretty much given up. One I remember vividly having Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Operation Wolf/Thunderbolt, Total Carnage, etc. Now it's all fruit machines and grabbers - and this place is huge! Anyway, to the point. All the time I spent in these places I hardly saw anyone playing on the fruit machines. I even put 20p in one just for the hell of it and the 'fun' lasted all of 10 seconds. Am I being naieve thinking the pier at least should invest in more video game machines, maybe some old ones, a retro section for us oldies? It would keep me there a damn sight longer; I got bored pretty quickly, and with games at £1 a go I wasn't inclined to keep going. I could spend all day in the arcades of 1995 easily, I lasted about 10 minutes in the new one. Surely these places aren't making more money on fruit machines? Do they draw people in? I'm guessing they must do. Sorry, we all know arcade gaming is dead but this really depressed me a great deal. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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