|What is Citynoise?..... Today's posts..... This month..... Recent Comments..... Contact..... RSS Feed.... Post your own Citynoise.....|
browse by city
Road Trip Sights
browse by author
hot sixy girl bf photo
Ye Olde Arcade
[previous] :: [next]
Ah, the memories of my Gen-X childhood come flashing back in an instant when I step into an arcade. Pac-Man, Centipede, Frogger, Galaxian, Donkey Kong, Gyruss, Zaxxon, Pole Position 2, 1942, the countless pinball games like 8-Ball Deluxe and Haunted House. Those games are here no more, but their spirit lives on. No longer packed to capacity like in their 1980's heyday, some of the arcades still soldier on, with games that are much higher on the evolutionary scale than the primitive games we loved so much. Some say that arcades are now the last of a dying breed, but the full-simulator type games they have now are way too complicated and expensive to bring into the house anytime soon, so I think there will still be arcades for a long time to come.
This article has been viewed 20777 times in the last 6 years
Sirhcbre: 8th Mar 2007 - 03:40 GMT
jack: 8th Mar 2007 - 15:14 GMT
you guys are too young for me, in my day (and i can't believe i'm saying that) we didn't have arcade games, for that much we didn't have many tv's around so our arcade game was playing knuckles on a stoop, war games with carpet guns made from old lettuce boxes and we would cut up linoleum carpets into little squares and place them into the rubber band and shoot at each other, ringaleeveo (sic), hide and go seek, stick ball 3 sewers, and i still have a spalding and bat.
jack: 8th Mar 2007 - 15:16 GMT
but then in the game years i enjoyed luner lander. old pinball machines were mostly in bars and as kids we could'nt go in there.
piuczguy: 29th May 2007 - 23:46 GMT
hey guys, do you know if there is a pump it up machine in AMUSEMENT 2000 PLUS??
please answer :(
EvilGentleman: 31st May 2007 - 01:13 GMT
No clue. You may have to actually go there to find out. I just walk around and take pics. I am a total noob when it comes to dancing stuff and modern arcade games.
EvilGentleman: 20th Nov 2007 - 18:50 GMT
I think it's in the 800 or 900's on Sainte-Catherine west, on the north side of the street. Somewhere between Crescent and Peel streets.
steelisreal: 21st Nov 2007 - 04:01 GMT
When I was living in London, you would be amazed at how many Americans would go to an "arcade" and expect to see video games instead of the shops that line the street.
EvilGentleman: 22nd Nov 2007 - 23:50 GMT
Hmmm, I was wrong. It's at 1381 Sainte-Catherine West, between Bishop and Crescent streets.
Stephaniee: 25th Nov 2008 - 01:25 GMT
Actually, yes, those are DDR machines right there. or pump it up machines. whatever u want to call it ^_^
EvilGentleman: 25th Nov 2008 - 19:38 GMT
Yeah, those are DDR machines. My daughter was showing some to me when we were waiting for a movie to start. (Most theaters have mini-arcades by the lobby nowadays)
I also noticed in the pic with the dance machines on the left (2nd pic), that in the center is the token jackpot machine, or whatever they call it. It's full of tokens, with push-bars constantly nudging them so they overhang the edge of a platform. If you put a token in and it causes a mini-avalanche off the edge of the platform, then you get to keep those tokens. But usually, your token just winds up jumping on top of other ones, and nothing falls.
Peter: 18th Jan 2009 - 23:29 GMT
i always wondered why people posted here asking stuff like that when in the same amount of time, they could simply google and check the actual place's site or find their number and call and ask. lol.
EvilGentleman: 24th Jan 2009 - 18:07 GMT
Peter, when I working at a gas station as a young man in the late 1980's, I used to get all kinds of customers pulling up and asking stupid questions like:
Do you sell gas?
Does my car need gas?
I have half a tank of gas. What should I do?
and, one of the best...
Customer: What's your cheapest fuel?
At the time, that guy was about 35 to 40 years old. I always wondered how he had gassed up his car before that day. His mechanic must have cried a lot...
GamerNic: 9th Apr 2009 - 07:04 GMT
Just a thought in regards to this particular arcade (as an ex-frequenter of it): The owner has started overcharging games (rather, reducing playtime where at all possible without reducing prices), and when asked about it, he was...let's just be nice and say he was "rude". I would advise trying to find elsewhere to go in terms of arcades.
As for the question regarding "Pump It Up", it is not quite the same as DDR/ITG (Dance Dance Revolution/In The Groove). These are three different games, though the last two are similar in terms of layout (up/down/left/right arrows). The guy asking about 'Pump It Up' is referring to a dance game where there's a button in each corner as well as one in the middle of the pad, making for quite a different experience. Figured I'd leave that in case anyone who reads this is asked that again ;D. I wish there was a Pump It Up machine somewhere in Montreal...
OG fighter: 2nd Sep 2009 - 04:21 GMT
This arcade is ridiculous. They are updated with games that no body cares about and charges us a fortune to play for short amounts of time, (the machines are set at high difficulty). The arcades was a place where regular customers hangout and spend their extra change. Here you better be equipped with bills. I can only see tourist come in this place. It's practically AMC without the cards.
Michael Jackson beat it n stuff: 24th Nov 2010 - 15:34 GMT
Do you remember the arcade named: " CRYSTAL PALACE " on Ste-Catherine, between Stanley and Drummond, south side of Ste-Catherine? Or the other arcade right in front of it, called VIDEO PALACE ? Good old days of my youth time in 1982-1983...
Michael Jackson beat it n stuff: 24th Nov 2010 - 15:39 GMT
You can see the huge neon lights panel of the "VIDEO PALACE" arcade from 8 to 13 sec. of the beginning of this video:
Newswatch 1986 stanley cup parade + riot report
Alex tran: 26th Jan 2011 - 12:32 GMT
he want to buy machines maximum tune 3 dx plus for amusement 2000
Apple IIGS: 10th Jan 2012 - 22:19 GMT
Besides this arcade, and the one at the AMC/Pepsi Forum, are there ANY other arcades left in Montreal as of 2012? Sadly, they're pretty much extinct from what I can see...
I used to visit Amusement 2000 Plus in my youth, and all the other arcades up and down St Catherine street throughout the 80's. My favorite was Pinocchio's at Centre 2000 in Chomedey, Laval. My last arcade hangout would have been Alexis Nihon Plaza, back between 1991 to 1993 when I went to Dawson College. It's a Payless shoe store now. :(
I was disappointed when I visited the Forum and Amusement 2000 arcades back in the summer. No classic games, or anything even remotely similar to the video games I remember. Everything is VR simulators, and instead of costing a quarter, it's like $2/game! (and you don't even use change or tokens, you buy a plastic smart card now).
Andrew: 28th Jun 2012 - 19:00 GMT
Hey there, would anyone know the address to the arcade on Decarie? I can't seem to find the address. It's a real shame that there's no real arcades around anymore. I remember there used to be one in Anjou, but now it's a pet store. I only got to go there once as a kid; the place was huge! Anyways, does anyone of any other good arcades in Montreal?
SR: 7th Aug 2012 - 16:28 GMT
Andrew: That place no longer exists, now it's a cosmetics store... I remember that place, went there in 2006 it was great, smaller than Amusement 2000 Plus but chock-filled with nice games and plenty crowded. When I moved in to an apartment close by in 2010 I was totally bummed out to learn that it had closed down since my last visit... Damn, I would've spent so much quarters there...
As far as I know the Amusement 2000 Plus is really the only traditional arcade parlor left in Montréal.
Comment on this article..
[previous] :: [next]
from the archives
Killer Spiders, and Giant Turtles
concept and content © citynoise.org 2002 - 2012:: designed and maintained by
caveat: entries and comments on citynoise.org represent
the views of their respective authors; this is an open forum, open to
all relevant ideas,
and as such, sees minimal editorial interference. as such, all content
on this site remains property of its creator/author, and is therefore
protected by all applicable copyright laws.