Years ago the arcade was the place to be. You would go there to play the games, hang out with friends, meet people, or even just watch people play when you were broke. Then, in the mid 90's they started to die out. You can still find them, but they are no longer what they used to be. A lot of people will say that the increasing power of the home console made the arcade games obsolete.
But, I don't think that was the reason. I think Street Fighter 2 brought about the end of the arcade. Now, I am not bashing the game itself. It was fantastic when it first game out and the original still is. But, it spawned so many clones like Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, plus many updates of itself (also good games). You could not go into an arcade and not see 20 different fighting games, which sometimes included 3 or 4 of the same game. There really wasn't anything new or original coming out after that. I believe that this was a case of "too much of a good thing". Some of you may agree and some will not. It will be interesting to read what your opinions are.