Where does the word “arcade” come from when used to refer to a video game establishment?
probably from this:
ganked from dictionary.com
OK, so how many arches have YOU seen in a VIDEO arcade? I am well aware of the ORIGINAL definition of arcade. What I want to know is: why is a video game establishment called an arcade?
The video arcade at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has plenty of arches.
The shops or stalls part, probably, fairs used to have older style games (pre-video games) and early pinball machines in rooms, and the owners probably figured they were like shop arcades.
And, yes, i HAVE seen arches in video arcades, thank you very much!