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Why is an amusement arcade called an arcade?
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The term "arcade" in the context of an amusement arcade actually has its roots in architecture. In architecture, an arcade refers to a series of arches supported by columns or piers.

In the case of amusement arcades, the term likely originated from the architectural design of early gaming establishments, where rows of game machines or attractions were often arranged in a way that resembled the architectural arcades, with rows of machines or booths forming aisles or passageways.

Over time, the term "arcade" became associated with places where various forms of entertainment, particularly coin-operated games, were housed under one roof. So, even though modern amusement arcades may not necessarily feature arches and columns, the term "arcade" has stuck around to describe these venues.

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