If I had to guess the amount of time, and number of quarters, I spent in arcades as a kid both numbers would be roughly the same. That number is A MILLION.
For about ten years there wasn’t a business in the world without a video game in it — restaurants, shoe stores, movie theaters, barber shops — and where there were video games there were teens killing time, blowing allowances and burning through cigarettes (IMAGINE!)
Growing Up In Arcades is a delightful Flickr pool dedicated to “all the arcades that consumed much of our time and quarters back in the 80s.” The Flickr page is always “looking for scans of vintage games in the wild. So if you have old arcade or Chuck E Cheese birthday pics, dig ‘em up! They belong here.”