Quoted from frolic:
This is a definite. My kids will not build an arcade in their basement.
I'm in a pinball league and I do think there is room for growth there, but competitive pinball will not carry the whole thing, but it can only help.
Barcades are a nostalgia thing, not unlike "Cafe 80s" from Back to the Future Part 2, we're almost at the year of 2015, but I don't see them keeping everything afloat either.
Yes, but kids are still interested in some sort of man-cave/gameroom and as ever it is still focused around movies, bar and skill games such as pool, darts, card table, and a video/pinball game or two. Most bars still do well with Golden Tee and Silver Strike. Even better evidence is the 21 year olds appear to enjoy barcades as much as anyone who actually grew up in the arcade era. There's some hope in all of that.
In other words people still like to go out to casually play games together and/or compete... and therein lies the key--a public gathering place with activities. Can pinball still fit in? Sure...leagues and tournaments help a lot, but the casual player also needs that immediate attraction and follow-up gratification that brings them back for more. I don't think redemption is it, because no one likes them enough to put in their house.