Back when I was younger, I spent enough time in the arcade to build up countless memories of that place. It wasn't like the modern day arcades. Back then, fighting game players sat right next to each other and there weren't any of those fancy rhythm games with blinding lights and loud music. The price was much cheaper, and almost all of them only cost a dime.
When I first heard about the "Antique Penny Arcade", I scoffed at the idea of it, mistakenly believing that it was calling 90s arcade machines antiques. I mean, you wouldn't call the 90s arcade machines as "antiques", right? It didn't take long until I realized that the word "Antique" was there for a very good reason.
Located in Fisherman's Wharf, Musée Mécanique has a collection of over 300 arcade machines from the early 20th century, as well as modern arcade machines. I for one, didn't know that "arcade machines" existed back in the early 20th century.
However, the history of arcade machines goes back much further than I thought. In fact, it goes all the way back to a familiar name, Thomas Edison, and his Kinetoscope. While it is primitive by today's standard, it fulfills the most important criteria of an arcade machine - it eats up coins.
Along with Sawual, I took a trip down, further than my memory lane, and went all the way back into the early 20th century at Musée Mécanique.