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'Old School' Arcade Still Popular in NY City

pickens (49171) writes | more than 3 years ago

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pickens (49171) writes "In 2005, there were 44 licensed video game arcades in New York, according to the Department of Consumer Affairs; today, 23 survive. With the expansion of interactive online gaming, video game action has largely shifted to the home. "Arcades are an anachronism now,” says Danny Frank, a spokesman for the Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York. “They exist only in shopping malls.” But Chinatown Fair has become a center for all the outcasts in the city to bond over their shared love for a good 20-punch combo and “old school” games that more popular arcades don’t stock anymore — the classic Street Fighter II from 1991 and King of Fighters 1996, for example, as well as Ms Pac-Man and Time Crisis. "Now, you can play a million people from all around the world,” says one player. “For me, it’s not the same as playing face-to-face. The young’uns may not care, but I do.”"
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