Buying Arcade Equipment

Buying Arcade Equipment

Arcade machines can be coin-operated or set up for free play. Some can also accept newer contactless payment systems.

Some arcades can be connected to the internet – particularly multiplay machines that download and update games automatically. Others can be networked for multiplayer competition. And there are even coffee table models that look like full size upright arcade cabinets but fit snugly on your home’s furniture.


There are many different types of arcade games available. Choosing which ones to feature in your arcade will help attract guests and create repeat customers. You should always keep in mind the needs of your target audience when deciding which games to add.

Video arcade games are typically coin-operated and allow players to compete with others for high scores. They include games such as pinball, skee-ball and claw machines. Redemption arcade games are those that award prizes to players for completing certain actions. These include a variety of ticket games, such as redemption photo booths, redemption bowling or a basketball game. Merchandiser arcade games offer players the opportunity to win merchandise, such as toys or T-shirts, from a display case.

Most modern arcade video games use custom hardware with multiple CPUs, highly specialized sound and graphics chips that provide more immersive and realistic gameplay than contemporary video game consoles or gaming PCs. Some of these games even utilize special ambiance or control accessories that pinball machine are too expensive, bulky and specialized to be used with typical home hardware.

A specific type of game, called a purikura machine, is a hybrid between an ordinary photo booth and an arcade video game that allows players to design and print selfie photos on small stickers. These games are primarily found in Asian arcades and have a reputation of being addictive.

Cabinet and Side Panels

Cabinets consist of a face frame with rails and stiles to which doors are attached. Side panels are grooved into the face frame and secured with brackets at the top and bottom, with three alignment pins to keep them in place. There is also a metal clip at the bottom rear of the panel for securing it to the cabinet. When installing a cabinet and coin operated claw machine its side panels, first loosen the nuts that secure the hinge plate to the door, and open the door to align its upper corners with either the cabinets side panels or the corner of a cabinet ganged next to it.


Whether you’re looking to buy an old-school machine or something more modern, there are some important things to consider. If you’re buying a classic arcade, look for one with the best possible technical specifications – it may be a bit more expensive but will give you the very best gameplay experience.

The cabinet is the main housing unit for an arcade machine’s electronic hardware. Most cabinets designed since the mid-80s conform to the JAMMA wiring standard, which allows for easy replacement of the game system boards. The cabinet will also have a marquee displaying the title of the current game.

Many arcade machines have speakers built into the cabinet to provide that all-important soundtrack of bleeps and bloops as you play. Some have a seat, so you can lean back and enjoy the ride as you drive your virtual car or shoot down aliens. Some even have a full-motion cabinet that moves as you play, giving an authentic arcade feel.

Most arcades require players to insert a coin or token to play the game. The cabinet will usually have a coin mechanism with a bill validator and a coin hopper. Some arcades can be connected to allow for multiplayer gaming. These connect by physical wires between two adjacent machines, and are usually more expensive than a single standalone arcade machine.