Photoset Shows Abandoned Arcade Machines Slowly Decomposing

Photoset Shows Abandoned Arcade Machines Slowly Decomposing


Not for the faint of heart, this photoset shows abandoned arcade cabinets from around the world in a state of serious decline.

Around the globe Urban Explorers are documenting abandoned buildings in cities and towns, taking photographs of once great architecture and items of interest found within the crumbling walls.

With a decline in popularity of over the decades prompted by each progressively better generation of home consoles, inevitably some of these buildings were once bustling arcades filled with brightly glowing cabinets where kids would gather round and pump coins into slots for their video game fix. What happens to the cabinets after the arcades close?

A proportion of cabinets are salvaged and restored by collectors. As this photoset found on pcmag.com shows many have been lost to time and decay. The following images have been taken around the globe by different explorers and show the effects of time on unwanted and unloved arcade machines.


Decaying Arcade
Photo: Kronix | Ontario, Canada | RoboCop, UFO Robo Dangar, and Arch Rivals

Decaying Arcade
Photo: Sebastiano Lo Turco | Italy | Unknown

Decaying Arcade
Photo: Ms. Blossom | Connecticut, USA | Various

Decaying Arcade
Photo: Emma Gawen | Berlin, Germany | OutRun

Decaying Arcade
Photo: awwrisp | Leeds, UK | Moon Alien

Decaying Arcade
Photo: high mesa | Nevada USA | Tornado Baseball, Sea Wolf

Decaying Arcade
Photo: Walter Arnold | Illinois, USA | Make Trax


Will Harrison

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