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How Many Machines Does an Arcade Make?


By cletus14

6 months ago



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    “Your game room is offficially an arcade when you have __ machines.”

    • 1 machine. Welcome to my arcade. 5 votes
      12%
    • 2 machines. You have a choice so it’s an arcade. 5 votes
      12%
    • 3 machines. Your collection is starting to concern your un-fun friends and family. 4 votes
      10%
    • 4 machines. Which one do I play first? 6 votes
      15%
    • 5+ machines. It’s only an arcade when it needs it’s own circuit box. 21 votes
      51%

    (41 votes)

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    #1 6 months ago

    I guess you could ask this question a few different ways, but what number of pinball machines really stands out, as you are collecting, that makes you think you’ve finally made it over the hump and have an official arcade on your hands?

    #2 6 months ago

    arcade noun
    ar·​cade | \är-ˈkād \
    plural arcades
    Definition of arcade
    1 : a long arched building or gallery
    2a : an arched covered passageway or avenue (as between shops)
    b chiefly British : a building that includes many shops
    A job fair … today will introduce locals to the details of the 250 jobs that a new shopping arcade will bring when its doors open this autumn.
    — The Journal (Newcastle, England)
    3 : a series of arches with their columns or piers
    4 : an amusement center having coin-operated games

    #3 6 months ago

    It’s not just the machines, it’s the atmosphere. An arcade could be two machines imho, IF there are tons of arcade stuff around. A change machine, signs, posters, etc. you’ll know it when you feel it. But more machines makes the bar lower. Another way to look at it, if the room is overwhelmingly dedicated to arcades/pins and their history and operation, it’s an arcade. And yes if friends and family are concerned....ya made it congratulations.

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    #4 6 months ago

    Atmosphere is a huge part, yeah. I've seen some places with loads of pins that I wouldn't call an "arcade", and some places with just a handful that take me back to being a kid. If you have three pins, a blacklight, and a swirly carpet, it's an arcade.

    #5 6 months ago

    You wouldn't call the Big Hit Shed an Arcade? Neither would I.......

    #6 6 months ago
    Quoted from northerndude:

    arcade noun
    ar·​cade | \är-ˈkād \
    plural arcades
    Definition of arcade
    1 : a long arched building or gallery

    From the only dictionary that really matters:
    Urbandictionary.com

    Arcade
    1. A great place where you can go to play video games. Very popular in the 80's.

    2. An awesome band formed by Fred Coury of Cinderella, and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, in the early 90's.
    1. Hey man, I went to the arcade last night and kicked this one guy's ass when I played him at Mortal Kombat!

    2. I was listening to "Dancin' With The Angels" by Arcade last night, that is one awesome band!

    #7 6 months ago
    Quoted from trunchbull:

    Atmosphere is a huge part, yeah. I've seen some places with loads of pins that I wouldn't call an "arcade", and some places with just a handful that take me back to being a kid. If you have three pins, a blacklight, and a swirly carpet, it's an arcade.

    Totally agree on carpet.
    I just have a arcade style rug that I paid 10 bucks for but once I threw it down it just made it feel right

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