Chinatown Fair was a staple of gaming culture in New York—before it closed down early last year. It's just tough to keep an arcade afloat these days, even if it is a legendary spot.

Now that the arcade has reopened, long-time patrons are apparently decrying its new casual-friendly atmosphere. The hardcore cabinets have been replaced by the likes of Fruit Ninja and ticket games, and all the machines accept credited swipe cards instead of coins.

But the arcade's new owners promise that some of the hardcore machines are getting fixed, and that they'll return in a couple weeks, and some patrons are still hopeful.

The Verge has got an excellent write-up on the arcade's grand re-opening and its current state, so you're going to want to head over there to read it and check out the rest of the images. All credit goes to them.

In the meantime, click through our excerpted gallery here and let us know what you think about Chinatown Fair's new direction in the comments or on Twitter.

Tags: chinatown-fair, new-york, arcades, retro-games, fighting-games
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