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Arcade games took their name from the old coin-up game stores which usually operated in, well, arcades. Nowadays arcades are meant to be all online flash games portals.
Arcade games often have short levels, simple to learn control schemes, and rapidly increasing difficulty with each level. Games here in Game-Maniac that are classified as Arcades usually include action/platformers and side or top-down scrolling shooters.
Read more about arcade games on wikipedia.org