The rapid tumble of American arcades — the real arcades, the loud dark rooms with gross carpets and no parents — has left a hole where a piece of culture used to be. Rather than try and recreate that vintage arcade experience, Japanese video game maker Namco is rolling out a "restaurant-centered, destination entertainment concept." The arcade pioneer, which produced such golden-age gems as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, is poised to roll out a chain of the arcade-restaurants in Chicago. They're called "Level 256," a reference to the mythical final level of Pac-Man."
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