I frequently begin small electronics projects, but lately I have wanted to do an arcade machine. When I started thinking it over I realized how lonely other arcade machines in my neighborhood had become. Was it because of the graphics? Was it because of the controllers? Was it because kids today have mobile devices? Maybe people don’t carry change like they used to? I know I am a swipe and griper. I know plenty of arcade machines that get a lot of love. There are many retro-arcade machine spots popping up around Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities, but they aren’t really targeted to youth. It seems it is more to target those with a sense of nostalgia for it. So I puzzle the question again… Is there a life for the modern arcade machine? Or is it best to leave well enough alone? Are home consoles supreme? Are there opportunities for arcade machines the console does not provide left to be explored?