ArcadeAn arcade is a passage or walkway covered over by a succession of arches or vaults supported by columns, or else a covered passage fronted by a series of arches.
In cities, buildings with arcades along their street-level fronts, the interior faces of city walls, and bridges covered by arcades all became popular locations for small shops and stalls; they were protected from sun and weather, and considerable guaranteed foot traffic. Over time, the term "arcade" came to be used specifically of streets lined with small vendors. (Roofed-over arcades, known in Italy as gallerias, later developed into shopping malls.)
The term was also adopted by carnivals and amusement parks, where the row of shops selling food and other goods were joined by those offering games of various sorts, and called "amusement arcades" or "midways". Amusement arcades were later opened as permanent establishments.
The games came to be known as arcade games, and since the explosion of electronic games in the 1970s, the establishments became known as video arcades, and the term "arcade" frequently used as a synonym for "arcade game".
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Comprehensive database of coin-operated arcade games.
Video Game [R]evolution, The
Review of the Video Game Museum in St. Louis; in ACM Crossroads, the student magazine of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Thomas' Arcade Page
Read his diary detailing experiences fixing video games and pinballs.
Arcade Game Annex
Screenshots, music, switch settings, pinouts, and repair information.
Toaplan Arcade Game Index
A site about the games from Toaplan the company behind games starting with games like Tiger Heli and Slap Fight, ending with Batsugun, including Flying Shark, Twin Cobra and Out Zone.
A historical and witty look at the aesthetics of video games on a cultural level and its impact on society.
Sells and operates coin-operated equipment and accessories. Based in central Minnesota.
The Arcade Flyer Archive
An archive for classic arcade and videogame flyers.
Arcade at the Movies
Arcade games seen in movies.
Arcade links, emulators, ROMs and all sorts of arcade related stuff.
Jim's Arcade page
Considerable amount of technical information about coin-ops. Also has some of his personal machines plus for sale and trade items.
National Coin-Op and Video Game Museum
A detailed article and tour of this lost treasure.
JSP Customer Service Center
Computer and electronic products, computer services and digital software to dealers, service centers and consumers world wide since 1988.
Classic videogame nostalgia.
Arcade game collector that also has information about emulation.
Variety of collectibles from records to books to pinball parts.
Ravster's UKVAC/RGVAC Euthopia
Site covering arcade trading, marquees, the restoration of a Defender cabinet, links and such.
Roger's Classic Arcade Tips & Tricks
Site for classic arcade game hints & tips, for instance Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Galaga.
Memories of a Vector World
An article from "SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Newsletter" about vector games.
Includes information on making a MAME machine, a Dragon's Lair II project, and ArcadeLink - an organized database of arcade-specific web sites.
Arcade conversions, restoration, MAME, retrocade.
Sounds from the arcade
For anyone who needs to hear more of the classic arcade machines from the 80's. Includes sounds from Crazy Climber, Ms. Pac Man, Wizard of War, Crystal Castles, Donkey Kong, Gauntlet and Toobin.
Contains information such as new MAME keyboard interface, Gauntlet Dual Game and Gauntlet Pause Game with monitor burn in protection.
Atari Company-Confidential document website
Inside information on old arcade games from Atari.
Makers of R-Type.
Information on Williams arcade machines. Offers manuals and news.
GameArchive: Atari Video Games
Atari vector games.
Sean Riddle's Home Page: Arcade Games
Williams, Midway, and Cinematronics information.
GameArchive: Video Games Homepage
Covers all types of information on collecting classic arcade video games.
Sega Vector Game Page
A site dedicated to the vector games from Sega.
Contains control panel overlays, marquee replacements, bezel underlays, and side art.
Arcade Classics Information
Deliver information about "classic" games.
Builder of custom PC Based Arcade Machines.
Dallas Fort Worth Arcade and Game Centers
A directory of Dallas Fort Worth's arcade centers.
Information on building custom arcade games.
Information about recreating gaming hardware from the past in modern programmable devices, known as FPGAs.
Jeff Lee and Ann Hullihan Lee Home Page
Jeff is, among other roles, an artist, working primarily for the last 15 years in the video game industry. His best known creation is Q*Bert.
Arcade sounds and icons, flyers and manuals, wanted list and JAMMA pinouts.
Mark's Arcade Retro Site
Site for video arcade game enthusiasts.
Various FAQs and information texts about arcade games.
The Bronze Age Arcade Game Archive
Games from 1971-1980.
The Basement Arcade
Contains reviews, sounds, history, and articles.
Vintage Coin Operated Fortune Tellers, Arcade Games, Digger/Cranes, Gun Games and other Penny Arcade games, pre-1977
Features game information, images of ads as well as pictures of classic games, and links.
Offers repair of Galaga, Ms Pacman, Missile Command, and Defender logic boards using a computer aided testing system. Features technical information.
The Kane's PlayChoice 10 Tribute Site
Provides information about the Ninteno PlayChoice 10 Video Arcade Game system; history of the machine; the games it supported; and its architecture.
Arcade Games Database
Database covering coin-op video games, includes screenshots and artwork, and hardware specifications.
Arcade History Database
History, trivia, codes and secrets, staff information and ports.
Information on arcade games in Belgium. Features news, a location list with search engine, articles and a marketplace.
Home Arcade Games
Educating consumers on what to look out for when buying video games and pinball machines.
MacMAME gaming community. Contains downloads, high scores, online games, and forums.
MAME ROM downloads, arcade emulators and game information.
Dedicated to arcade video games of the 80s. Reviews and screen captures.
The Arcade Art Library
Collection of arcade art including marquees, side art, bezels, and control panel overlays available as high-resolution files suitable for printing.
Resources for the arcade machine enthusiast. Specializing in Ms. Pac-Man, Rolling Thunder, Food Fight, Golden Axe, Shinobi, and Shadowdancer.
JROK's Web Pages
Arcade game web pages, free games, emulators and schematics.
Killer List Of Videogames (KLOV)
A searchable encyclopedia of coin-operated video games containing technical information, descriptions, cabinet pictures and screen shots.
Official scoreboard for video game and pinball hi-scores.
Covers video arcade, pinball and home systems.
Jim Skilskyj's Arcade Repair Page
Contains information about arcade game repair and emulation.
The Atari Library
Information about Battlezone, Tempest, Centipede, Missile Command, and Asteroids.
How to Win Arcade Games
Playing tips for some classic arcade games.
Unofficial Taito Cutesy Game Archive
Resources and information about the classic Taito arcade platformers and puzzle games such as Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands.
Vancouver Classic Video Games Club
A non-profit organization dedicated to classic videogaming and the support of classic videogamers in and around the Vancouver area.
Tony's Video Arcade Classics Page
Contains among other things a game photo album.
CG Expo Photos
Photos taken by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. at the Classic Gaming Show in Las Vegas 1999.
Information on select classic games with pictures and technical information.
Manufacturer of arcade related products for the home, as well as for professionals.
Distributor of active video arcade machines. Small selection of used equipment for sale.
Atari coin-op museum. Contains ads, data sheets, and cabinet pictures.
Ads from the past
A collection of pictures of advertising flyers for old arcade games such as Zaxxon, Frogger and Centipede.
Classic Video Games Nexus
A nearly complete and organized list of links related to classic video games (Atari 2600, and Pac-Man).
Classic Games Location List
A list of locations with classic arcade games.
James's Basement Bar
MAME project, restoration photos of Dragon's Lair II machine, and links.
The Superdeformed Classic Video Games Page
Links to console, arcade, handheld, and computer video game sites.
Atari System 1 Page
About the System 1 used in games such as Marble Madness, Roadblasters and Road Runner.
Canadian home of ITS - the makers of Golden Tee Golf.
Lawnmower Man's Toolshed
ROM checksums and information about classic games.