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Playland Arcade: Yes, An Awesome Arcade Still Exists!

Posted on Tuesday, May 13 @ 10:26:58 Eastern by
Insert coin, please.

Whenever the subject of arcades is breached amongst me and my peers, the conversation has the tone of nostalgic sadness. We remember how they used to be, where they used be, and why they used to be. The realities of owning an arcade today with the required foot traffic and high maintenance costs has spelled the end of numerous facilities, one of which is the Las Vegas hotel Circus Circus which more machines out of service then I could count.

But the Playland Arcade is one primary exception. Located on the Santa Monica pier in California, near the hotels that normally house the many journalists and PR representatives for pre-E3 events, this arcade sees action all throughout the day. From May through August, it's open from 9AM to midnight and on Fridays and Saturday, it extends to 2AM perhaps to attract the drunken nightlife and late-night beach dwellers.

After only having about five minutes last year to browse through the arcade, I decided to take a more thorough tour through this iconic spot. I popped in a few coins for Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix, got nostalgic with Street Fighter II, and traveled the continental US with Cruisin' USA. Several new arcades that peeked my interest were Doodle Jump Arcade, Fruit Ninja EX, and an extremely flashy Batman racer, if just to get my blood pumping for the Batmobile in the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight. (And of course, I had to send a pic of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 to Anthony Severino just to see his inner spirit ignite the flames of the entire world.)

Below is a nifty gallery of just a selection of the cabinets available at the Playland Arcade.


 
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