There was(is?) one next to a cinema in the city that I went to while waiting for movies to air as a kid a few times, that would be the last one I went to.
But, one sprung up in my town recently. I have not been inside but I looked through the window into it and it has large life size dinosaurs, or rather it has small dinosaurs that are life-sized a large dinosaur would not fit.
A couple months ago, I think? There was a new one that opened nearby that I went to check out. The main thing I remember about it was the Crossy Road knockoff, which gave so many tickets that I honestly think I could've earned a net profit from playing it if I was masochistic enough to do so. In total I can think of at least around half a dozen or so arcades (inc. ones that are attached to bowling alleys and the like) in my city of ~300k, which is honestly probably more than in Japan these days.
>Actually I wonder if they're still alive and well in Japan....
Last time I went there were still a decent number, although mostly dominated with crap like claw machines, photo booths, and pachislots, rather than proper games. The only thing I remember that was particularly fun was the rhythm games, which for whatever reason have never been brought over here in non-digital form AFAIK. Keep in mind though that I only visited 'mainstream' arcades, whereas there are probably some nostalgia/novelty-focused ones that are more interesting.
the classic era probably once as a small child but it was filled with scary delinquents
though you would still see the machines around places for a while to come
and then to my knowledge the only one left was attached to a cinema this was from the mid to late 90s onwards
had games like house of the dead, metal-slug and the motorcycle racing games along with a couple claw machines
tbh i never used it because well it seemed overpriced and i had a computer at home
there still exists one but has more practical oriented gameshttps://www.timezonegames.com/en-nz/play/games-activities/arcade-games
they always seemed like something you would go to with your friends
Haven't been to one since the early 2010's, unless you count the ones they have in bowling alleys. There is an arcade nearby I've thought about going to, but I worry I'd be the weird old guy.
I grew up in the midwest, the most I ever saw was those slot and poker machines in gas stations that are adult only. Pizza hut had some rail shooter game with aliens in it.
Local cons usually had DDR and Smash Bros.