game" is a reference to an arcade game housing that's some place between a full upright game housing and a cocktail table version
(or sit down version). Cabaret versions of arcade game
s, such as Frogger
, are played upright like the full-fledged arcade edition but, like the cocktail version, they tend to come in smaller generic housings. The cabaret editions require roughly 25% less area than the full blown version. Since the housings are generic, they lack the side art and a lot of the front panel art of the full fledged version. Controls are a bit lower, requiring one to hunch over
the game a bit more. As well, the monitors in a cabaret edition are typically smaller and tilted at a weird, upward-facing angle.
Cabaret games are universally decorated in a festive fake wood paneling
that would bring tears to the eyes of original Atari 2600
The Cabaret game version is sometimes referred to as a "mini upright