I read over this article on Wired.com talking about the life-cycle of arcades currently. I agree with Vince that they do have a life and that they do extend beyond Japan’s borders. There’s a better market to sell games to homes and have people versus each other online; yes you have an opportunity to go up against any other opponent without having to leave the comfort of your home. But we are gamers and we are a community that enjoy challenging each other. I never want to see arcades die; even if they end up like this in back alleys from which they started from – that’s fine for now – but we hope that it will become more popular again.
If MagFest really stated something for us, it was that there is nothing like the feeling of having an audience in a match against a challenging opponent. That rush is something that is hard to replicate by yourself.