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Old 02-25-2015, 11:09 AM
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I worked on arcade games for 10 years. Saw some stuff.

Based on what I've heard and seen; sure, the monitors could be left on 24/7 and survive. But a lot of the Sanyo/Nintendo monitors would need minor repairs from faulty parts. It reduced the life of the monitor, sure; but if the game was making money an operator usually kept a spare monitor to toss in the game when the one would euventually fail.

Laundromats are a horrible environment for a game; and I saw many games fail as a result of excess dust and carbon built up in the monitor; those flybacks would get hot, crack, and boom. I know this because I used to service games in a laundromat. Not only do they get physically torn up (you wouldn't belive how much people just assume they can destoy the arcade games); but the dust is really bad for them.

Back in the 80's that stuff wasn't a huge problem (save for some Nintendo and Atari Vectors); they ran them till they died, even if it was 24/7 for a couple years. Some of the guys that fixed the things got to know exactly what parts needed to be changed and could often do it while the chassis was still in the machine. Of course by the time I got to the industry; age had just taken it's toll on these things. Chassis were failing left and right due to old caps; flybacks were stressed and blowing up.

Modern arcade games are usually garbage, both game-wise and to work on. It's just the same re-hashed idea after rehashed idea; all running on a standard PC that's probably two or three generations older than the one on your desk and vastly inferior to the gaming consoles out now.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:38 PM
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:51 PM
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I think the old arcade in town closed around 10pm.I would not do it with todays idiots that will destroy the place in no time.

The casinos here run 24/7 with the slot machine monitors are on all the time.Most of then if not all are LCD and not pix tube .
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Old 03-02-2015, 02:08 PM
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All arcades that are open today have nothing but garbage in them!!!!

NOTHING GOOD FROM THE 80s ..... Nothing pure (This movie theather near me has a bunch of games in it.... ALL TRASH)
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:47 PM
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I own two arcade machines.. Both are Mortal Kombat 2 and Ultimate 3..
Those are the two arcade machines I would buy if I had the money/space/chance!
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Old 05-07-2016, 12:49 PM
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All arcades that are open today have nothing but garbage in them!!!!

NOTHING GOOD FROM THE 80s ..... Nothing pure (This movie theather near me has a bunch of games in it.... ALL TRASH)
You should probably say most arcades have garbage instead of all because there are still some really good ones out there! Not many but a few.
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:49 PM
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Is the one in NH still open?
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:19 AM
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Not an arcade but the one Ames here had three machines, I remember Space Harrier and Super Off-road, forget the third. I’m pretty certain they never shut them off. Only the one machine had any sort of CRT damage from it, Super off-road and Space Harrier cycled the screens enough and still looked plenty bright long after those machines were outdated.
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This old one in Memphis near the train terminal did.

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You should probably say most arcades have garbage instead of all because there are still some really good ones out there! Not many but a few.
I think I've only come across one arcade in the last four years that was actually enjoyable. The rest seemed to be crammed with "classic" (gotta have PAC Man, gotta have Mortal Combat, gotta have TRON, gotta have Crusin' USA etc.) arcade games that everyone remembers but cost a fortune for the cabinet these days due to desireability. Most of those places have since folded because they blew north of $30k in machines and were not getting enough cash in to cover the cost of starting up. Ironically the place I did enjoy because it had such a diverse mix is still around simply because they also support birthday parties on the side.
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:41 PM
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I think I've only come across one arcade in the last four years that was actually enjoyable.
Indeed.. Most have crap in them now.... No good games from the 80s that are actually good!
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