What exactly is a Cocktail Table Arcade Machine ?

Playing arcade games on a cocktail table in pub lounge

Cocktail Table Arcade Machines.

So you want a Retro Arcade Machine, but are not sure exactly what type to buy. Here we explain what a cocktail table arcade machine is and why it is called that.

A cocktail table arcade machine is a type of arcade game cabinet that is designed to be played by two people sitting across from each other, typically in a bar or other social setting.

The machine is usually low and wide, with a flat tabletop surface that contains the game controls and screen. The controls are typically arranged in two sets, one on either side of the table, so that each player has their own set of controls.

The screen is usually oriented vertically, so that it can display the game's graphics in their original aspect ratio. Cocktail table arcade machines were popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, and they typically feature classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Space Invaders.

But why do we call them Cocktail Table Arcades

The term "cocktail table" refers to the design of the arcade cabinet itself, which is modeled after a small, low table that is commonly used in bars and nightclubs to hold drinks.

Cocktail tables are typically round or oval, with a flat top surface that sits low to the ground. In much the same way, the tabletop surface of a cocktail table arcade machine is flat and low, with controls positioned around the perimeter of the table.

Coctail Table Style Arcade Machine for sale by GCOM Gaming

The idea behind the design is to create a social atmosphere where people can gather around the table, enjoy a drink, and play games together. The low height of the cabinet also makes it easier for people to sit and play comfortably, without having to stand for long periods of time.

The name "cocktail table arcade machine" is therefore a nod to the social aspect of playing arcade games in a bar or nightclub setting, as well as the design of the cabinet itself, which is modeled after a traditional cocktail table.

 Where can I buy a Cocktail Table Arcade Machine ?

Coctail Table Arcade Machines are widely available online, there are people selling kits so that you can make your own home arcade machine, and you can find people selling home built arcades on marketplaces like ebay.

However, if you want a professionally built, high quality arcade machine, one that is supplied by a genuine professional company with 20 years experience. And if you want that machine backed up by a full garantee and world class service, then you should consider purchaseing one from GCOM Gaming as we are the UK's premier supplier of these types of arcade machines.

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