I recall both what we called the "Sears arcade" in our old mall in Tupelo, MS, as well as the Aladdin's Castle in the newer Mall at Barnes Crossing (also in Tupelo).
The Sears arcade was the quintessential mid-80s video arcade, with a pinball machine or two, and a number of classic arcade titles from the time, mostly Atari and Namco games with a few from Sega scattered here and there. When the new mall opened in the late 1980s, the Sears arcade shut down shortly afterward, of course.
Aladdin's Castle also had a number of vintage games when it first opened. They moved Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, and Centipede over, and they added another pinball machine to the collection at the time, but they started getting in some more modern titles (for that time period). So in came Klax, TMNT, NARC, a Nintendo PlayChoice10, and a fair few other games like that. The Aladdin's Castle did keep the old skee-ball machines, a basketball redemption game, and a few others, however. As time went on, more modern games came to replace the older, vintage games. Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga stayed around the longest until they were eventually retired and replaced with a single Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga 20 Year cab.
The arcade is still open, today, but has been renamed to Time Out (same old logo, none of the old games). The only vintage game left is the aforementioned Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga cab. No pinball machines are left, and about 70% of the games are all simple redemption games that I find almost no interest in at all. To their credit, they do have a Terminator: Salvation game which, for a modern game, is quite nice. Time Crisis 2 and 3 are present, still, and a few racing titles are there. But that's just about all we have now.
To end on a bright note, one of the old games that Aladdin's Castle had years ago has come into my possession. I've written about it on another thread, but they had a Bally/Sente SAC-1 cabinet (I think originally a Gimme-A-Break if the very light burn-in on the monitor is any clue). It was converted to a number of games over the years, first to a Sega Crackdown, and later after that, a Seibu Dead Angle, which is the game in it today in my shop. The Dead Angle game works fine and all, but for my purposes, since all the original boards in the machine are long since gone and probably would never be found again, my goal is to convert this guy into a MAME cab where it will see much more use. Still, it's nice to know I've got a little bit of arcade gaming history from my youth from the very arcade I frequented as a kid.
Their tokens were normally gold colored but for some reason one was silver and I kept it for good luck.
These are the tokens I remember. I still have a few of those, too. But after the arcade was renamed Time Out, they started using Namco tokens with Pac-Man on them instead.
Edited by rockman_x_2002, Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:39 PM.