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  • Avatar for lfhlaw lfhlaw 2 years ago

    I figured the older games would be on the top of the list. I feel there are several factors nowadays that effect the income of an Arcade Machine.
    1) Arcades which were fashionable to have in the 80's and 90's inside Malls are where parents would dump kids off while they shopped. Those days are gone and arcades have been banished from malls and have mostly ended up in Entertainment complexes like Dave & Busters, or Latitude 360's. So the Available of arcade machines has diminished in some sense. The Arcade was where all the "new" games were made 1st, and then they were ported to a console afterwards when you knew they were a bonafide hit. Why put money into a game for console if it doesn't sell.
    The more interesting fact is that a few games have gone an alternate route. I've seen a Guitar Hero Arcade Machine at Dave & Busters. So it was first a Console game, that ended up as a Arcade machine.
    2) Console systems have become powerful enough that kids don't see a need to go to an arcade and spend a ton of quarters on games. Graphics in the Arcade Machines were much better at the time then Consoles (Atari 2600, Amiga, Sega Genesis, Intellivision).
    3) Income for an Arcade Machine can come in several ways. Forcing the Player to chuck quarters into the machine via a timer (racing games), Time Crisis (in sort of way) or Guitar Hero (Basically 1 song in arcade), Lives (Pac-man, Defender), or Health (time crisis uses both as i recall, Gauntlet - health diminished per second). The Games that kept a consumer at a machine would build up an audience because people wanted to watch how good a player was. (Somewhat like the movie Pixels). That's what caused more people to practice and play to show how good they were at a given arcade machine. Nowadays the arcade games are so short, that no one keeps pumping quarters in, or no one person is at a game long enough to make people curious to watch.

    Posted in Top 10 Highest-Grossing Arcade Games of All Time