The Verge published a very nice post on the life and death of the american arcade. Go see it, it’s a must and includes a short documentary on the subject. Very nice!
Arcade and pinball machines have not been as big in europe as they were in America, but I remember very well spending many quarters in a local arcade on arcade games like Mortal Kombat, Manx TT, Sega Rally Championship, Area 51 and pinball machines. I especially remember The Addams Family machine where I once was able to have Thing come out and grab the ball!