> If arcades are doing well in Mexico, there may be a reason for it... such as that > the majority of people there are a lot more poor, and dont have a PC, or decent > enough PC + fast internet connection to play mame (and download +24gb of roms). And > or that theres less other things to divert their attention and spending money.
Oh, you mean the phone package that includes unmetered 2 mbps high speed internet, phone and long distance for roughly $30 USD (give or take a few depending on how much the dollar goes for) a month, which is used by the majority of the country's internet users, is not enough?
You mean the country where people can buy a DVD filled with NeoGeo roms in almost any street corner?
You mean the country where you can buy an Xbox with full MAME romsets for $150 USD?
You mean the country that has one of the highest per-capita levels of video game and media piracy in the world still has a healthy arcade business?
Huh, I guess all that poverty must mean something.
> Heck, maybe its just that there is nothing remotely close to the arcade experience > in Mexico. For example, there are many PC games that are superior to arcade games... > but if Mexicans PCs are incapable of running them, then the arcade is pretty much the > Go-To place to be. Here, where technology is cutting edge to the general masses, an > arcade machine is graphically 'dated' almost as soon as it comes out... and in 2yrs > or less, a new PC graphics card will surpass its graphic ability easily.
Yeah, it's not like we can't buy brand new computer systems from the phone company on credit or anything. Maybe not top of the line, but they're okay.
> And, are these Brand new arcade games? Or are they used machines from the 80s-90s > that they got for dirt cheap & fixed them up? Its a huge difference from buying a > $40,000 game, to a $200 Sega Turbo, or ancient SFII cab + putting a cheap game kit > into it.
There's some brand new stuff. This same company imported Japanese arcade cabs, bigassed ones, placed them on malls and made a profit. For years. And they still do. Even games with console or computer ports. You know, the games they can easily download or pirate at any corner.
You're grasping at straws here. Just because one chain of arcade owners is having problems doesn't mean everyone is.
Every arcade here still has lots of people playing. People of all ages, from kids to teenagers to those of us who were kids when those arcades were new.
But I guess you're just going to ignore this and call us an anomaly or something.