Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Video game arcades in the landscape of the popular imagination

I get a kick out of seeing video game arcades depicted in comic books. Though comics of course pre-date arcades, they seem kindred spirits in the annals of alternative, somewhat underground culture for youth and delinquents. Seeing one represented in the other really hammers home the association. That said, with the extinguishing of the video game arcade, scenes such as this may soon only appear in "period pieces". (I also get a kick at seeing comic book writers and artists come up with names and designs for fictitious set dressing games. The Simpsons does a great job at this.)