The Dream Arcade

So you've won the lottery! It's a though we've all had I'm sure. You go and get your stonking great cheque, and wonder what's the first thing I'm gonna do with my new found millions. Well I decided yesterday that what I would do is set aside a substantial portion of it to developing and maintaining my dream video game arcade. It wouldn't matter to me if it ran at a loss; just the fact that me and my fellow game enthusiasts would have the perfect place to hang out and play great arcade games would be enough for me. 
 
So then I got thinking. What machines would I include in my dream video game arcade? I decided to limit myself to 12 to start off with. That doesn't mean 12 machines, just 12 varieties of games. I also decided that I didn't need to limit myself to games that came out in arcades; some games I would want in my dream arcade even though they're not proper arcade games, and if need be I would create a version myself with my millions. 
 
So here is my list, and I do hope to read all of yours as well. 
 
Fighting Games Corner: 
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution 
Super Street Fighter II Turbo 
Tekken 3
 
Shoot-em-up Corner: 
Geometry Wars 
Ikaruga 
Rez 
 
The Classics: 
Galaga 
Pac-Man Championship Edition 
 
Pinball Wizards: 
F14-Tomcat (apparently, at least according to Jeff, the greatest pinball game ever made)
Space Cadet 3D (I'm no pinball expert, but I played this game a ton as a kid, and would love to see an actual machine made for it) 
 
The Ultimate Arcade Driving Experience: 
Burnout Paradise (rows of machines with headsets to allow for chat; multiplayer challenges enabled) 
 
Rhythm Heaven: 
Rock Band

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Posted by Atlas

So you've won the lottery! It's a though we've all had I'm sure. You go and get your stonking great cheque, and wonder what's the first thing I'm gonna do with my new found millions. Well I decided yesterday that what I would do is set aside a substantial portion of it to developing and maintaining my dream video game arcade. It wouldn't matter to me if it ran at a loss; just the fact that me and my fellow game enthusiasts would have the perfect place to hang out and play great arcade games would be enough for me. 
 
So then I got thinking. What machines would I include in my dream video game arcade? I decided to limit myself to 12 to start off with. That doesn't mean 12 machines, just 12 varieties of games. I also decided that I didn't need to limit myself to games that came out in arcades; some games I would want in my dream arcade even though they're not proper arcade games, and if need be I would create a version myself with my millions. 
 
So here is my list, and I do hope to read all of yours as well. 
 
Fighting Games Corner: 
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution 
Super Street Fighter II Turbo 
Tekken 3
 
Shoot-em-up Corner: 
Geometry Wars 
Ikaruga 
Rez 
 
The Classics: 
Galaga 
Pac-Man Championship Edition 
 
Pinball Wizards: 
F14-Tomcat (apparently, at least according to Jeff, the greatest pinball game ever made)
Space Cadet 3D (I'm no pinball expert, but I played this game a ton as a kid, and would love to see an actual machine made for it) 
 
The Ultimate Arcade Driving Experience: 
Burnout Paradise (rows of machines with headsets to allow for chat; multiplayer challenges enabled) 
 
Rhythm Heaven: 
Rock Band

Posted by mubress

They all seem like good choices. Adding SFIV would improve it for me though :)

Posted by Emilio

You shoot 'em up section fails for lack of anything Raiden.

Posted by Atlas

@Emilio: Whatever, I'll take Ikaruga over Raiden anyday. That being said, I'll take Ikaruga over any arcade shooter.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

When you said winning the lottery, I was reminded of this (act 2, specifically) and this (the prologue). 
 
Kudos for including pinball games :)

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

I'd setup an Xbox 360 room with several Xboxes, large screen TVs & have each station area walled off using cube walls. Then you could get everyone together to play networked multi-player games of whatever you wanted.  You could probably add PS3s as well. Perhaps setup another section for multiple Wii sections, which I guess do not require privacy for team play.

Posted by Progman9000

If I had tons of cash to spend on arcade machines I'd get the following. (Strictly arcade machines, by the way)
 
Beat 'em up:
X-Men with 6 players
Turtles in Time (either 4 player cabinet, or four machines hooked up together... can't decide)
 
Fighting Games:
SFII Turbo
Tekken 3
Soul Calibur II
 
Racing:
Daytona USA with 10 players (was that the max? I forget) 
 
Shoot 'em up:
GI Joe arcade  
Galaga  
 
Lightgun:
Lethal Enforcers (definitely not the best lightgun game, but man I had fun with that one)
Time Crisis 3 
 
Since the precedent has been set for Pinball machines
Super Mario World (One of my few pinball memories as a youngster)
F-14 Tomcat (I played this one a lot at this hotdog place my grandfather used to take me to)
 
I'm sure there's more, but off the top of my head, that's what I would get.