It was safer when arcade machines just ate quarters.

Up to 40,000 credit and debit cards used with arcade machines supplied by Vacationland Vendors Inc. were affected in a breach of the company's card processing system, The Journal-Standard of Freeport, Ill., reported Monday.

The breach, which occurred March 22 and was disclosed by the vendor Monday, affects cards used in arcades in Wilderness Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and Smokies Resort in Sevierville, Tenn., the article said. The cards exposed in the breach were used at the arcades from Dec. 12, 2008 to May 25, 2011.