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Arcade Games

Arcade games based on skill carry the manufacturer's warranty and our 30 day guarantee. Our arcade machines fit ideally in restaurants, game rooms, and even arcades!

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What does the word "arcade" mean?

Upon contemplation of the available arcade games for sale, one considers not only the history of arcade games but also the meaning of the word "arcade".

Etymologically speaking, the word "arcade" has nothing to do with the game or the cabinet within which it is found. Instead, it refers to the fact that the games and cabinets are always found inside a building. The word literally means "enclosed area with a series of arches", referring to the arches that hold up a canopy, say on a boardwalk or other covered walkway or area, often lined by amusements. Thus, etymologically, the building is what is meant by "arcade", even though it no longer always is covered by arches. However, the vision of a covered space with fun things around the perimeter is exactly what is suggested by the word "arcade".

What is the history of arcade games?

Arcade history began with a coin operated game called "Galaxy Game", which was followed by the first mass-produced game, named 'Computer Space', that was invented, like so many famous developments, by students at Stanford University. For the pop quiz and answer found elsewhere on gumballs.com, the name you need to remember is Nolan Bushnell, who is the student who invented it. With games available that can be played at home, the arcades remaining are still popular for the nostalgic aura they produce and many are still frequented en masse.