Adult video arcades are X-rated movie previewing areas. They are almost always attached to a sex shop or an adult book store (ABS), where magazines, movies, and sexual aids are sold. An arcade consists of typically a dozen or more private (or sometimes semi-private) viewing booths, containing a video monitor, a panel of controls, and a seat. Sometimes these booths are arranged in a maze-like fashion. Often the lighting will be dim, perhaps only red or green lights near each booth, indicating their availability.
Movie time is purchased either by coin or cash activation within the booth, or by purchasing tokens or a block of time in advance. Generally a selection of 15 to 50 movies is available for browsing. These movies are straight, gay, bisexual, and sometimes transsexual. Some more modern systems display more than one screen at a time for easier selection.
In most ABS, the arcades will have "buddy booths." These booths are adjacent, and allow for interplay between occupants. Some of them have windows so "buddies" may watch each other masturbate. Between other booths there may be glory holes for oral sex. A number of ABS require and enforce that movies be operating at all times while arcade booths are occupied.
Recently with the advancement of computing processor power and the expansion of larger cheap consumer hard drives has given way to a new type of Adult Arcade. The Digital Interactive Video Arcade, is the next generation in arcade systems. This digital arcade uses off the shelf consumer products and the latest digital technology to create a better user experience. It allows for virtually unlimited channel expansion from 300 channels to 10,000 channels and it removes the need for a room full of DVD players and the costs associated with keeping them up. Independent digital booths comprising of high end intel core 2 pcs allow the system to be redundant and reliable. No more dead channels allows the user to be completely satisfied. Categorization of the movies allows a customer to only see the movies that interest them.
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