Indeed, arcades themselves are practically nonexistent, outside of finding random machines in equally random places. Here in NJ, I found a Sunset Riders and a Die Hard Arcade in the back of a Jimmy Buffs (East Hanover on Route 10) and a 1944 and an X-Men in a roller rink (Florham Park on the Columbia Turnpike). But beyond trashheaps like Dave and Busters, and occasionally kiddy fun parks, there's not much else, unless you want to travel up to New Hampshire for Funspot, heralded in King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters.
There are actually a few arcades in Hersheypark. I'm not sure if they have specific names, but myself and my friends dub the smaller ones Failcades, since there's nothing but redemption games and similar garbage. The big one, though, contains a number of classic cabinets.
I've been going every year for the past few years, and while the inventory has never really changed, some have broken, while others have been fixed. This year, all three monitors of The Ninja Warriors was finally open, allowing me to make it to stage 2 before giving up.
There are plenty of golden era games like Dig Dug, Millipede and Berzerk (which seems to have been permanently set on freeplay), along with numerous other titles from the late 80s to early 90s, including Crime Fighters, TMNT The Arcade Game, Ghostbusters, Double Dragon, Golden Axe, Shinobi, Rolling Thunder, Blasteroids, Marble Madness, Toobin, Dragon's Lair (although the poor disc is a victim of the dreaded disc rot), Outrun, two variations of Super Hang On (one with the actual motorcycle!) and several older Sega and Namco racing games. This year was the first time I saw their Capcom vs SNK 2 working too, the only vaguely recent fighting games in the place, not counting the Street Fighter II cabinets or Karate Champ. They also have that weird Q*Bert sequel which I can't figure out for the life of me.
I also love this corner, which has tons of old sit down cabinets. None of them worked this year, except for Choplifter. In previous years they actually had a broken down After Burner, which I desperately wished had worked. Monaco GP had worked in previous years, which was cool to play, especially since it hasn't been emulated, and is apparently impossible to emulate, since it uses logic gates than than chips, or something to that extent.
There are also a number of pinball games, although apparently they're all in bad shape. The one being played is Hercules, which uses a ball approximately the size of a baseball. It's huge. It also doesn't work very well.
Anyway, it's a cool trip out there. Of course you need to pay admission to get into the whole park, but there's some good roller coasters, and it's a less skeezy place than, say, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ. Being a three hour drive from NYC, it's not too bad of a location either.
Next up in this series (maybe) - Eight on the Break in Dunellan, NJ!