Arcade games have been around for several decades. Before the emergence of consoles, there was a massive boom in the popularity of arcades. These were places that patrons flocked to in large numbers. There were several reasons why the arcades became such popular establishments.
One of the main reasons for visiting an arcade is to try out games that can not be played anywhere else. This is why many games of this type are exclusive to the format and not available on other platforms such as home consoles. Even if the games do end up being ported, people will still come to arcades to try them out for the first time.
The Social Experience
Another reason for visiting them is the chance to hang out with friends. During the 1980s it was common for young people to meet up after school at the local arcade. These establishments were also places to meet new people who shared an interest in gaming. Therefore they were ideal venues for cultivating both old and new friendships.
Helps Support Local Business
Sometimes the arcades are branches of larger companies. Other times they are their independent businesses. Either way, when people patronise them, they are helping out the local economy. The more people who visit an arcade, the more profits will be accumulated. Arcades will often rely on loyal customers who return to play on the games multiple times.
Larger Than Consoles
While modern consoles tend to perform just as well as arcade machines, they are much more compact. In contrast, arcade machines are huge. People who would not be able to fit bulky machines in their own home can enjoy them inside an arcade. Devices that are branded with recognisable pop culture elements can benefit from being significant. This includes ones that are based on movies, bands and celebrities.