If you’re reading this then you must be into video games. Video games are popular, so popular that they’re given the star treatment. With publishers giving the go ahead for million of dollars towards marketing campaigns and throwing extraordinary premiere parties, Activision for example booked Metallica for their yearly Call of Duty game launch party. With this kind of mainstream attention you have to wonder has the medium forgotten their roots. The arcade was once the epitome of video games. Have video gamers become so neglectful to their own heritage that the arcade has now become an endangered species.
The arcade is soon to become a faded memory with a loss of interest yet fear not true believers the arcade still lingers, though most places are hard to call true arcades. Granted most places that resemble arcades have a Dance Dance Revolution game but other than this one piece most places seem to be filled with games geared toward tickets and prizes. The shooting game is still common among most arcades as well as racing games but the one true staple of what makes an arcade is absent. Where are the fighting games, have they been banished for their aggressive content, do people generally enjoy ticket redemption games better? The answer remains a mystery but many arcades in San Antonio lack any kind of fighting game whatsoever, even Street Fighter the most popular fighting game ever.
Like today’s video game console, the arcade has catered toward the family in recent years, not necessarily a bad thing but to the average gamer there isn’t much hope. Thankfully though, San Antonio has at least one cool spot to game which is Diversions located on San Pedro Avenue. Here you can find a diverse genre of games ranging from a quarter to a dollar. What makes diversions stand out is their laid back design of walls covered in posters giving it that hangout vibe of a basement or garage, simple and relaxing. The quarter games are fun and Street Fighter II is in abundance as well as several King of Fighter titles. And with plenty of shooting games, racing games, and of course the now standard Dancing game, Diversions is a very well rounded arcade that still reflects what an arcade nowadays should typically look like.
With the gaming market obviously out there it’s just a shame that the arcade in general is a neglected format. Maybe someday a revival of the button smashing, quarter consuming machines will come back. But until then the gamer must simply cherish what arcades are left and enjoy the moment.