From 1,000 Machines to Zero: Death of Another Arcade

The Big Easy isn't immune to the same issues that arcade machine vendors across the country face.

A shift in culture, a spike in home consoles and arcades, once the bastion for gaming culture, go up in smoke. The latest victim: New Orleans Novelty.

After more than 30 years running arcades and placing gaming machines at locations around the city, Jack Boasberg is shuttering his business.

“When they make a new machine and it costs the arcade $20,000, people expect to pay a quarter to play it, not to mention they can play all the games on their console at home on their big screens and all, so they don’t even want to go to the arcade anymore,” Wagner said. “So I don’t know what the future holds for arcades.”

Unfortunately, I think he and the rest of us do know what the future holds for arcades, and it's not pretty.

Home video games force arcades to pull the plug