San Francisco – Amusement arcades with two-player games are making a comeback among people who enjoy the conviviality of the video game’s original setting.
In Southtown Arcade in San Francisco, gamers are competing in tournaments and playing retro games such as Street Fighter 2 for cash prizes.
Seth Killian, director of online and community strategy at Capcom, the company that produced the Street Fighter franchise, calls this revival the ‘second wave’ of video arcades.
‘The second wave was the people that grew up in the arcades and dreamed of starting places of their own, because, like me, they had so many intensely happy memories of that kind of place,’ says Killian.
As explored in our Netstalgia macrotrend, a wave of people are starting to feel nostalgic for graphics and games from the early 90s. And as we reported in Conviviality Culture, people also want face-to-face interaction in an online world.