An arcade game is a type of video game that is housed in a large covering and operated by inserting coins. Typically, it has short levels and does not feature a complicated story line, which differentiates this type of game from console video games typically found in the home. Although arcade games are usually found in places of business, it is also possible to purchase one for use in your home.
Buying an arcade game is not a small purchase. It can cost hundreds of US dollars (USD) and takes up a fairly large area of the home. Therefore, you need to determine first whether you can afford the game and whether you have an appropriate location in your home to place it. You do not want to place it in an area where it will impede traffic. Also, you need room so you can stand in front of it and play. A game is quite heavy and difficult to move if you change your mind about where it should be located.
Since purchasing an arcade game can be quite costly, you also need to make sure it is a game you feel you will enjoy for years to come. Unlike a video game system, you cannot change out the game. If you are not sure you will be using it for a long time, it may not be a wise decision to buy one.
You should also consider the quality of the game. If you are purchasing one that is used, make sure the controllers still function properly and are responsive to your movements. Typically, an arcade game includes one or more joystick controllers and buttons. If it is a driving game, it may also include pedals and a shifter. A shooting game may have one or more guns, while a pinball machine has buttons to control the flippers used to prevent the ball from rolling into the hole. Make sure all of these buttons, joysticks, and accessories are in good shape and functioning properly before you purchase a machine.