An arcade game or coin-op is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in public businesses such as restaurants, bars and amusement arcades. Most arcade games are video games, pinball machines, electro-mechanical games, redemption games or merchandisers.
While exact dates are debated, the golden age of arcade video games is usually defined as a period beginning sometime in the late 1970s and ending sometime in the mid-1980s. Excluding a brief resurgence in the early 1990s, the arcade industry subsequently declined in the Western hemisphere as competing home-based video game consoles increased in capability and decreased in cost.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. (context video games English) A coin-operated video game or amusement device.
Usage examples of "arcade game".
Most sonar scanning was done visually-the on-board computers converted acoustical signals into a display on TV type tubes that looked most of all like some sort of arcade game.
He or she could not even play Shoot-A-Mute - the most popular arcade game in the Federation.
Quartz Valley scrolled beneath him like the screen of a jet fight arcade game.