Video game arcades were the it places for kids, teens, young adults, and people who loved computer gaming. Arcades peaked in the 1980s. In the film, War Games 1983 an arcade is showcased, 20 Grand Palace near Seattle, Washington.
Here the hero of the movie is seen here playing Galaga. In the right bottom screen his is rank, which indicates that he is at level 7. Galaga, was a ground breaking game where a player's ship could get captured by the enemy, and rescued by risk. No doubt a cheesy Hollywood movie about the Galaga storyline is due to come out. Where we learn the back story of the insectoid versus human drama.
Back then in 1983, many people thought video games were a fad, look at them now. You will even hear about persons who say they have out grown video games, and see it as a phase. Boy are they in for a shocker. It's like those same people in the 1980s and early 1990s who said that the Sun was the only star system with planets! Videogames will only continue to grow and expand, especially in the next 25 years.