NFL Blitz was a sign of the coming end of arcades, sure, but it was also a lot of fun. Even if it stole my lunch money.
Before the age of the internet, it was much more difficult for a gamer to get information on what he or she wanted to play. Once a month you got your game magazine, more often if you read a couple. Other than that, you had your friends and their opinions. As we all eventually learn, sometimes your friends are wrong.