- Jul 20, 2007
Honest and serious question. Guys who made their arcades with legit cabs or arcade1up stuff. Once you get everything set up what do you do with it? Meaning do you constantly have people to use it? Is your entire family arcade rats like you. Does it just sit there?
I had a game room for 10+ years. Most of the time it sits there since I'm mainly the arcade rat in the house. Things I noticed through the years are:
Most casual gamers would rather play Mario Kart or Rock Band then old arcade games most of the time.
If you invite a hardcore fighting game player over they might try the cab for a bit, but will always prefer having their preferred stick/pad over whatever you got.
Whatever old game you want to introduce a casual gamers to is usually good for 1 play with the casual gamers. TMNT '89, Metal Slug, Donkey Kong, Puzzle Fighter, whatever. Getting them to play more then the one time is a lot harder than you would think.
In saying this I came to the realization that modding consoles or computers into cabs makes way more sense for me since I'm the one who plays 99% of the time, and having a way to play people on the internet on each cabinet is way more entertainment then having cabs that are made for in person 2 player games. I'm curious if I just never went around the concept the right way in the 1st place.
When I had an arcade cab, I was able to get all kinds of gamer and non-gamer friends into it - it definitely was the most fun mutiplayer machine I would say vs any other that I had. We could have easily played 4P Kart, Guitar Hero, Wii, the newest Playstation game I had, etc instead but how can you ignore the chance to play on an arcade cab if there is one? Personally I like in-person mutiplayer way better than online. I'm also old, so, there's that.