If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s, odds are you pumped a few (dozen) quarters into the arcade games on BC ferries.
And if you’re nostalgic, you’ll want to get a last game in soon, because the ferry service is pulling the games over declining use.
Deborah Marshall with BC Ferries says with free wifi on most vessels, travellers are opting more and more to stick to their smart phones and tablets.
“Most of the customers have their own device with them, you know they might texting a friend, they might be doing some work, and we’re noticing the use of the arcades has been going down the last five, 10 years.”
The arcade on the Queen of Oak bay has already been removed, and the rest should be gone by about 2019.
“So as our vessels are going through either a mid-life upgrade or a three-quarter life upgrade, we are removing the arcade space and making use of it for more seating in the snack bar area for example.”
Marshall says the same fate has befallen payphones on the ferries, with Telus opting to remove them as most people now carry a mobile phone.
BC Ferries says the games are leased form a local company, and hence won’t be put of for sale.