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(Ars Technica)   The surprising, stealth rebirth of the American arcade. Not so surprising when you think about it... Where else can you bash a monkey on the head with a hammer for a quarter?   (arstechnica.com) divider line 88
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2012-08-06 10:03:49 PM
I still like to go to the arcade a few towns over, but their quality isn't the greatest. They seem to have more malfunctioning machines than working ones. The next town over from that is opening a Dave and Busters soon. Games are a bit pricey but they have beer.

As long as I can find a good pinball table in good working order, I am a happy man.
Oh and skee-ball.


/Funhouse?!? AH HA HA HA HA!!!!
 
2012-08-06 10:12:09 PM
Bring me the quarter, I know a guy.
 
2012-08-06 10:17:55 PM
My town has a "Beercade" the entire rear wall is old school coin ops. Moon Patrol, Joust, Russian Attack, etc etc
 
2012-08-06 10:20:35 PM
I went bowling on Sunday. They had a small arcade area. They had Galaga. 20 minutes later I was on level 19 with 2 ship left. I used to rock that game.
 
2012-08-06 11:27:38 PM
North St.Louis
 
2012-08-07 12:08:44 AM
Went to Gameworks a few Saturdays ago. We were greeted with "Welcome to Gameworks, where the games sometimes work!" It was true.

Metal Slug refused to work with their cards and most of the DDR machines had one direction that just plain didn't work.

/look forward to going again soon
 
2012-08-07 12:08:59 AM
I just spent a year repairing video games and pinball machines, so I'm getting a big kick out of the thought that I may have another career opportunity

/it doesn't pay nearly enough, though
 
2012-08-07 12:17:36 AM
Dave & Busters focuses a lot on racing, zombie/gun games, and ticket machines. The one in Providence used to have an awesome shooting gallery, but i think they where forced to take it down. Meh.
 
2012-08-07 01:29:32 AM
application.denofgeek.com

I remember being on vacation in BC with my parents and the bowling alley/indoor mini-putt place across the street from the hotel had a working one of these in the back. It was the first time I played anything that had some kind of directional feedback to your movements in the game. I must have sunk nearly $20 (of my parent's money) into that near seizure-inducing thing.
 
2012-08-07 04:34:41 AM

One Bad Apple: My town has a "Beercade" the entire rear wall is old school coin ops. Moon Patrol, Joust, Russian Attack, etc etc


That sounds fun. For real.
 
2012-08-07 04:41:01 AM
$5 for unlimited?

sign me up.
 
2012-08-07 05:07:15 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I just spent a year repairing video games and pinball machines, so I'm getting a big kick out of the thought that I may have another career opportunity

/it doesn't pay nearly enough, though


Lots of games with home collectors. Still plenty of opportunities.


And as an arcade game designer, this one gladdens my heart.

Disney will give us a big kickbutt boost with Wreck It Ralph. Woohoo!
 
2012-08-07 05:08:30 AM
My fave used to be Pac Man/Ms. Pac Man (especially when they speeded them up later).

Remember The Dream Machine Arcade chain?

/Gettin' old
 
2012-08-07 05:46:52 AM
If they have working pinball machines sign me up for one of these in my city. It feels wrong for me to go to the bar and sit in front of the one or machines only to play pinball plus I'm way to cheap to pay for beers plus it makes me worse at playing.
 
2012-08-07 05:50:40 AM
Galaxian3^

The video really doesn't give the game justice. Six players at once inside a small room designed to look like a gunnery deck on a spaceship with surround sound and a massive, wall-sized screen with the game spread out in front of you.

I played it once in my life and it was unforgettable. Maybe, with a really expensive home cinema setup it could finally be played properly at home. Until then there's only the rather stripped down PSX port to give a sense of what it is.
 
2012-08-07 05:56:50 AM
I finally went to Dave and Buster's in Tulsa tonight and God does it suck. Almost all of it is those crappy ticket games that really aren't particularly fun and don't pay out much in exchange for your money. If I wanted to do something like that I'd just go to the casino and have a chance to win actual money, which I value waaaaay more than those crappy tickets.

The D and B in Rockville, MD is awesome though, and has way more video games. I guess it probably has to do with who owns the local franchise.
 
Skr
2012-08-07 06:31:16 AM
Game dens have been going strong for a while. Couches, Consoles, and Cheetos. Usually they have a traditional arcade and tabletop gaming section as well.
 
2012-08-07 06:43:28 AM

Skr: Game dens have been going strong for a while. Couches, Consoles, and Cheetos. Usually they have a traditional arcade and tabletop gaming section as well.


I wish we had that, I miss they old tabletop arcade games. Hmmm, old business idea rekindled.
 
2012-08-07 06:56:21 AM
MAME cabinets are fun, but they aren't the same. Still, when you want to play an old classic and no one has it...
 
2012-08-07 06:57:06 AM
www.interactivemovies.org

:D
 
2012-08-07 07:08:27 AM
Portland , Oregon has an amazing retro arcade called Ground Kontrol. The entire second floor is pinball, most of the games still only cost a quarter, and they have a liquor license. After 5 p.m., nobody under 21 is allowed.

/love that place
 
2012-08-07 07:19:28 AM

Superjoe: I finally went to Dave and Buster's in Tulsa tonight and God does it suck. Almost all of it is those crappy ticket games that really aren't particularly fun and don't pay out much in exchange for your money. If I wanted to do something like that I'd just go to the casino and have a chance to win actual money, which I value waaaaay more than those crappy tickets.

The D and B in Rockville, MD is awesome though, and has way more video games. I guess it probably has to do with who owns the local franchise.


D & B are all corporate owned. No franchises in the US.
 
2012-08-07 07:37:25 AM
cool, did you guys get the new Huey Lewis and the News record yet?
 
2012-08-07 07:43:22 AM
www.arcade-museum.com
 
2012-08-07 07:59:36 AM
If I ever win the lottery, i'm opening a place like this in my area.
 
2012-08-07 08:11:09 AM
This makes me moist.
 
2012-08-07 08:13:32 AM

One Bad Apple: My town has a "Beercade" the entire rear wall is old school coin ops. Moon Patrol, Joust, Russian Attack, etc etc


So, uhhh...where is this town and does it allow black lesbian midget bikers? If so, I'll start checking the classifieds for apartments.
 
2012-08-07 08:16:01 AM

somemoron: MAME cabinets are fun, but they aren't the same. Still, when you want to play an old classic and no one has it...


If they are built right, they are the same. MAME strives for 100% emulation of the electronic hardware, the gameplay emulation is secondary.

img.photobucket.com

/yes, My Pioneer Kuro rotates.
 
2012-08-07 08:18:57 AM

ranak: If I ever win the lottery, i'm opening a place like this in my area.


You and me both, pal. Two tokens for a quarter at my place, or ten tokens for a dollar. Hell, I'll even tabs for regular customers so they don't have to lug around a pocketful of metal if they have to leave unexpectedly. Set a new high score and win a free beer.

Also, no goddamn kids allowed. The thing I hated most about arcades as a kid was all the other damn kids.
 
2012-08-07 08:19:59 AM
Defender; with the original arcade control setup, greatest game evar!!!
 
2012-08-07 08:33:18 AM
The only arcade game worth playing is Silent Scope, since it's the only game experience you can't get at home.

These days I've got the 78" 3D projector screen set up in my office for Skyrim, Street Fighter IV, Front Mission, Blazing Angels, or whatever other games I want to exist inside of.

Screw arcades.
 
2012-08-07 08:33:30 AM
Minneapolis has a retro arcade in uptown called "Rusty Quarters." It's a small little place, but it is a lot of fun.
 
2012-08-07 09:03:23 AM

somemoron: MAME cabinets are fun, but they aren't the same. Still, when you want to play an old classic and no one has it...


I love my MAME cabinet, but I will still drop a quarter into Ms. Pacman when there's one available.
 
2012-08-07 09:15:17 AM

asciibaron: cool, did you guys get the new Huey Lewis and the News record yet?


You might thing that's funny, but one of my programmers went to see Huey Lewis LAST NIGHT.

\in concert, no less
\\not at the Starbucks where one would assume he's working these days
 
2012-08-07 09:15:44 AM
http://gallopingghostarcade.com/

I live basically around the corner from this place. It's awesome and I haven't been back in far too long. I should just get a membership.
 
2012-08-07 09:16:25 AM
Great, now I have to go youtube old starrcade episodes.

I already have the Dragon's Lair episode saved on my computer. Damn straight.
 
2012-08-07 09:18:32 AM

brewguy: I still like to go to the arcade a few towns over, but their quality isn't the greatest. They seem to have more malfunctioning machines than working ones. The next town over from that is opening a Dave and Busters soon. Games are a bit pricey but they have beer.

As long as I can find a good pinball table in good working order, I am a happy man.
Oh and skee-ball.


/Funhouse?!? AH HA HA HA HA!!!!


The only pinball I can find near me is at Chuck E. Cheese. It's Pirates of the Caribbean with a broken flipper. Tons-o-fun that one is.
 
2012-08-07 09:20:31 AM
www.arcade-museum.com

Step into the motherfarking thunderdome. I beat other kids so bad at this game, they'd cry and piss themselves.
 
2012-08-07 09:22:45 AM

imontheinternet: [www.arcade-museum.com image 226x320]

Step into the motherfarking thunderdome. I beat other kids so bad at this game, they'd cry and piss themselves.


challenge accepted. prepare to eat crow
 
2012-08-07 09:23:18 AM

CheekyMonkey: asciibaron: cool, did you guys get the new Huey Lewis and the News record yet?

You might thing that's funny, but one of my programmers went to see Huey Lewis LAST NIGHT.

\in concert, no less
\\not at the Starbucks where one would assume he's working these days


I did just buy several of his records actually. Never had it on vinyl. I still love Huey Lewis and I'm a long haired metal head. Shrug. The mans got a voice! What can I say?

/not Patrick Bateman
 
2012-08-07 09:39:34 AM
Killer Instinct 2, mother f*ckers.
 
2012-08-07 09:57:37 AM
dl.dropbox.com

/I would build this if I was a millionaire.
/...but with a better sprinkler system.
 
2012-08-07 10:01:13 AM

One Bad Apple: My town has a "Beercade" the entire rear wall is old school coin ops. Moon Patrol, Joust, Russian Attack, etc etc


There are several bars in the trendy areas of Houston and Dallas which are 'barcades' in the more bar scene sense. They have a few dozen machines, and huge outdoor jenga tables and connect four frames that are 6x6. Lots of fun, a little nerdy, and it's funny to watch the bar scene girls play an arcade game and enjoy the piss out of it.

They didn't have any of the more modern esoteric games like time crisis or sit down racing games, just stand up and play, old school arcade boxes. No Simpsons though :( and the skeeball tables were always packed.

I'd name drop if I could remember them.
 
2012-08-07 10:05:33 AM
A place recently opened up in Cincinnati called "Arcade Legacy." For $5 an hour, you can play everything they've got. They've got a ton of coin op games include a lots of 90's classics (Simpsons, X-men, Area 51, etc), in addition to a bunch of console games set up around the place. It's located in the practically abandoned Cincinnati Mall, and it is amazing.

I plan on making it a regular destination, even if it does take an hour to get there.
 
2012-08-07 10:06:11 AM

penguinfark: somemoron: MAME cabinets are fun, but they aren't the same. Still, when you want to play an old classic and no one has it...

I love my MAME cabinet, but I will still drop a quarter into Ms. Pacman when there's one available.


There's an old table-top Ms. Pacman in a little pizza joint near my house. Not long ago, I saw two kids trying to slide their fingers across it like a touch screen.
 
2012-08-07 10:07:11 AM
When I was a kid (mid-1980s to early 1990s) there was this place called Godfather's Pizza that my family would go to. The pizza there was delicious, but even better than the food was the fact that the restaurant contained a very large arcade in the back with at least a couple of dozen machines. Every time we went there I'd manage to talk my dad out of several dollars to play the games, and this was back when each play was only 25 cents. I can't begin to imagine how much of my dad's money I must have spent at that place.

I miss those days. I hope the predictions in this article are accurate, because I'd love the chance to take my own kids to a video arcade someday.
 
2012-08-07 10:11:40 AM
I know there are other STL Farkers on here- definitely check out Orbit in Maplewood. Opened a couple months ago, Pinball+Skee-ball lounge. (Leagues and everything!). Only big drawback is they don't have anything on tap. WTF is that?

Anyway, glad to see these coming back.
 
2012-08-07 10:28:57 AM

bigpeeler: North St.Louis


I'm in University City. Are you talking about Tilt at NW Plaza or somewhere else?
 
2012-08-07 10:48:40 AM
Fine, cool, now bring back my Battletech Centers
 
2012-08-07 10:49:09 AM
The beach where my parents live still have a few arcades. I love taking my niece there spending a bunch playing old games with her, filling her full of sugar, then returning her to my brother and SiL. Such a bad uncle I am.
 
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