The mall in my town used to have a great arcade called Aladdin's Castle. They had everything: mini basketball, skeeball, whack-a-mole, pinball and all the newest video games. I always liked Galaga, but they had a Tetris machine, which I could play for hours.
I also liked the whack-a-mole game. It was a great stress reliever and I was pretty good at it. If I ended up winning a bunch of tickets, I usually gave them to some kid. I really wasn't that interested in any of the prizes. It was all just for fun, to me.