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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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2012-08-07 11:01:49 AM  
Five cabinets. Most work.. Toyed briefly with selling one and got a solid offer in hours. Now reconsidering. After all its a friggin Galaga. I could lock the coin door set it in a cooperative laundromat and make money...

And this thing.
webmonkees.com

also..
1974 williams stardust pinball at freinds that I work on*..



*after finally stabilizing one remaining quirk (Use nonconductive screws on the coils duh).. proceeded to eventually beat his high score. That night they cussed, stormed out the room and alas, play it less.

I was merely pushing flipper buttons and playing. What, was I supposed to quit playing when I got near the high score? That is a primary benefit of an arcade. Neutral territory.
 
2012-08-07 11:04:25 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.


If I owned one of these barcades I would have a special place for the fighting and competitive games.

Yes, it would be called The Motherfarking Thunderdome.

Due to the nature of competitive games, and drinking, there would be extra security staff stationed nearby.

For the easy going games like Pacman and other experiences that are less likely to cause all out brawls, it shall be called the Rainbow Room. Because you're gay if you go there.
 
2012-08-07 11:21:56 AM  

mlkmandan: Fine, cool, now bring back my Battletech Centers


I miss the Virtual Geographic League. The guys hawking "travel to parallel universes" (Mars deathraces, Battletech), the juicebar out of Jules Verne with live footage of the current contest on monitors, the rules that forbade the staff from admitting it was just an immersive game and not really sending you anywhere, the local and national rankings for the deathraces.....

Unless you mean something completely different. But that was the "Battletech Center" I remember. Haven't thought about it in a while.
 
2012-08-07 11:28:18 AM  
There used to be a place in Bangor, Maine, in this dingy little mall by the airport, probably 10 years ago when I spent a few months up there, hidden in the back room of an old video & record store. God damn, I loved that place. It was packed wall to wall with old arcade machines, and even older mechanical non-electronic pinball machines. They actually had all three of my personal holy trinity of favorites: STUN Runner, Zaxxon, and the actual Castlevania arcade game.

What I wouldn't give to find a place like that in the Tampa Bay area...

In the meantime, Gameworx up in Ybor was pretty fun the last time I was over there, though I had a couple beers too many and let my husband talk me into playing DDR with him. Yikes. Not pretty.
 
2012-08-07 11:35:57 AM  
there is no future in retro arcades much past a couple years tops. once the nostalgia factor wears off, I just don't think people are going to continue to patronize these places. Much like the much ballyhooed "vinyl record" comeback, it is seriously just ill advised, IMHO.
 
2012-08-07 11:40:09 AM  
Houston is awesome. We have Joystix, and we also have a 12-pod Mechwarrior setup with teams/clans and such.

There are a bunch of other arcades, too, but these are the ones for which I can personally vouch.
 
2012-08-07 11:45:01 AM  

The My Little Pony Killer: 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


Isn't that sad that we have to live with that kind of way of life in the arcades? Half the games don't work yet we go back because we have no other choice.

rogue49: $5 for unlimited?

sign me up.


www.totalfark.com

LarryDan43: [www.arcade-museum.com image 231x320]


Good lord, THIS. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is where it's at.

Holy Crap: Also, no goddamn kids allowed. The thing I hated most about arcades as a kid was all the other damn kids.


The one reason why steering wheels and pedals break on driving games, and lightgun games don't work, because the guns always end up on the damn floor.
 
2012-08-07 11:51:37 AM  
There's a place in Fort Worth called Barcadia. Skeeball, couple of pin ball machines, a bunch of classic arcade cabinets (Paper Boy, Pac-Man, Galaga, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and probably 15 others), and some super-size Jenga tables and they serve drinks. It's pretty awesome, and lacks the corporate bullshiat and ticket-fest that is Dave and Busters.
 
2012-08-07 11:51:57 AM  

Tali: There used to be a place in Bangor, Maine, in this dingy little mall by the airport, probably 10 years ago when I spent a few months up there, hidden in the back room of an old video & record store. God damn, I loved that place. It was packed wall to wall with old arcade machines, and even older mechanical non-electronic pinball machines. They actually had all three of my personal holy trinity of favorites: STUN Runner, Zaxxon, and the actual Castlevania arcade game.

What I wouldn't give to find a place like that in the Tampa Bay area...

In the meantime, Gameworx up in Ybor was pretty fun the last time I was over there, though I had a couple beers too many and let my husband talk me into playing DDR with him. Yikes. Not pretty.


Have you been to Stop N Play a bit further north in New Port Richey? It used to be a satellite location of the famous Funspot in New Hampshire. They have 2 60-in-1 machines that have older games like Zaxxon on them.
 
2012-08-07 11:56:32 AM  

The_Time_Master: 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.

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/yes, My Pioneer Kuro rotates.


I think I... yup, I did. You owe me a new pair of pants.
 
2012-08-07 12:02:03 PM  

Shazam187: Great, now I have to go youtube old starrcade episodes.


CSB

I was once a contestant on that show. I lost, mostly because I was nervous as hell.

/CSB
 
2012-08-07 12:21:25 PM  

DanZero: Tali: There used to be a place in Bangor, Maine, in this dingy little mall by the airport, probably 10 years ago when I spent a few months up there, hidden in the back room of an old video & record store. God damn, I loved that place. It was packed wall to wall with old arcade machines, and even older mechanical non-electronic pinball machines. They actually had all three of my personal holy trinity of favorites: STUN Runner, Zaxxon, and the actual Castlevania arcade game.

What I wouldn't give to find a place like that in the Tampa Bay area...

In the meantime, Gameworx up in Ybor was pretty fun the last time I was over there, though I had a couple beers too many and let my husband talk me into playing DDR with him. Yikes. Not pretty.

Have you been to Stop N Play a bit further north in New Port Richey? It used to be a satellite location of the famous Funspot in New Hampshire. They have 2 60-in-1 machines that have older games like Zaxxon on them.


I have not, but now I know what I'm doing this weekend!
 
2012-08-07 12:42:33 PM  

Strategeryz0r: 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.

If I owned one of these barcades I would have a special place for the fighting and competitive games.

Yes, it would be called The Motherfarking Thunderdome.

Due to the nature of competitive games, and drinking, there would be extra security staff stationed nearby.

For the easy going games like Pacman and other experiences that are less likely to cause all out brawls, it shall be called the Rainbow Room. Because you're gay if you go there.


Typical second generation brat. US old people feeding their quarters in the 80s had as much respect for one game as another. When arcades died, along with in-home gaming improvements, one killer was the fetish that every game needed to become this game. Soon, almost all of the games had one on one fighters. Later, the rise of rpg types, then first person shooters helped, but home gaming was gettin' pretty, pretty, pretty good.
So, I'll beat your ass at the latest Tekken, then go to the rainbow room.


I would love to own a Mystic Marathon. When we were young, my husband and I would drop $30 a week on video games, quarter by quarter. Mystic Marathon was one of his games. Never have seen one again.
My games were Tempest, Jungle hunt (boring when the patterns get learned)
all pac-mans- I was the leader in super pac man for a while. Dig dug. And pinball. I loved Black Knight, one of the 1st state-of-the-art pinball games in the US.
We had some together games we played at the Shakey's pizza, Mario Brothers, Joust. Either on a date, or a great way to not have to sit with your parents- it was awesome waiting for pizza droppin' quarters.

Robotron 2024. Upstate New York has a failed mansion build on a little island called Boldt Castle. I haven't been back in 20+ years, but it had a little tourist town built up around the boat tour and island stop. (seeing graffiti from 1900s was pretty neat)
The arcade had a huge 3 step-up Robotron with stereo speakers. What a game. Kick-ass design and geeks know what I mean. Wiki has a great entry.
That game had the coolest farking sounds, and the arcade guy had it cranked. One of only a few childhood memories I'd like to re-visit.

But the one I get to re-visit every year is OC, MD. Still have the 2 arcades we used to play in in high school-senior week- and now we take our kids there. It's still pretty good. My son and I solved Time crisis 4 on less than $20 a few years ago. I love being able to show them why we became gamers (of all types, we still play d&d. With pencils!) and watch them roll their eyes when we go into a history lecture.
We'd love to open an arcade here.
Actually, we have a pretty good plan for a teen hangout. Arcade games, classic and new. Pizza, burgers, fries & sodas, graffiti wall that gets painted over once a week, after uploading pictured highlights, a small skate park, 18& under dances/socials, etc. Wish we could make it a reality.
Whoa. Long post. Oh well.
 
2012-08-07 12:44:07 PM  
I miss "joust" on the space ostriches. That game and the noises it made always made me feel happy as a small boy. Uh oh. Nostalgia setting in, painting my shiatty childhood with rose colored glasses :(
 
2012-08-07 12:49:34 PM  

Wolf892: I miss "joust" on the space ostriches. That game and the noises it made always made me feel happy as a small boy. Uh oh. Nostalgia setting in, painting my shiatty childhood with rose colored glasses :(


If playing WoW this expansion has taught me one thing, it's that translating Joust into 3-D was a wonderful way to make me swear like a pirate.
 
2012-08-07 01:08:01 PM  

TheMysticS: Strategeryz0r: 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.

If I owned one of these barcades I would have a special place for the fighting and competitive games.

Yes, it would be called The Motherfarking Thunderdome.

Due to the nature of competitive games, and drinking, there would be extra security staff stationed nearby.

For the easy going games like Pacman and other experiences that are less likely to cause all out brawls, it shall be called the Rainbow Room. Because you're gay if you go there.

Typical second generation brat. US old people feeding their quarters in the 80s had as much respect for one game as another. When arcades died, along with in-home gaming improvements, one killer was the fetish that every game needed to become this game. Soon, almost all of the games had one on one fighters. Later, the rise of rpg types, then first person shooters helped, but home gaming was gettin' pretty, pretty, pretty good.
So, I'll beat your ass at the latest Tekken, then go to the rainbow room.


I would love to own a Mystic Marathon. When we were young, my husband and I would drop $30 a week on video games, quarter by quarter. Mystic Marathon was one of his games. Never have seen one again.
My games were Tempest, Jungle hunt (boring when the patterns get learned)
all pac-mans- I was the leader in super pac man for a while. Dig dug. And pinball. I loved Black Knight, one of the 1st state-of-the-art pinball games in the US.
We had some together games we played at the Shakey's pizza, Mario Brothers, Joust. Either on a date, or a great way to not have to sit with your parents- it was awesome waiting for pizza droppin' quarters.

Robotron 2024. Upstate New York has a failed mansion build on a little island called Boldt Castle. I haven't been back in 20+ years, but it had a little tourist town built up around the boat tour and island stop. (seein ...


Wow somebody doesn't take to internet sarcasm or snark very well do they? I have a healthy respect for mario bros, pacman, etc. I grew up with them, I still own them. However, I would never go to a bar to sit at a pacman machine and drink. Going out is an inherently social experience. In my opinion competitive based games(such as street fighter, racing games, etc) are, at their core, a more social experience. Hence they, again in my opinion, make better selections for a "barcade" than older retro games(not that they're bad choices by any means, I just feel the others are better).

If I were to make one of these arcade/bars that would be my schtick. Less emphasis on the Dave and Busters DDR/Skeeball/etc, more emphasis on the street fighters, the mortal combats, the Daytona 500s, and yes... The Battletech(the true essence of the drunk thunderdome right here).

So calm down there buddy. This has nothing to do with respecting other types of games. It has to do with my opinion of what I feel is more conducive to the environment of a "barcade." Leave the pacmans and the asteroids to the pizza parlors.
 
2012-08-07 01:08:25 PM  
For those in Houston, Joystix opens up the showroom on the first and last Friday night of every month, all you can play for $15. Even more awesome is that the bar, 1820, is connected to it and you can take your drinks into the showroom.

Joystix Houston
be careful, the website has added a auto-start video advert.

All the games you see for sale are available for play. Lots of old school and lots of good times.

/not affliated, I just like the fun
// hit up Frenchy's for some late night grub afterwards
 
2012-08-07 01:13:39 PM  
I'd like the idea of a $5 to play all evening type thing, that'd be pretty cool. Place to just chill, relax, watch some people dancing maybe and eat/drink some and play coin-ops.
 
2012-08-07 01:20:28 PM  
CSB:

About 10 years ago, when we were 25, a friend and I got really wasted one afternoon and took the bus out to the mall. After we got there, all of our favorite video games were no longer there, but they still had air hockey. We kept trying to play, but the puck was covered in gunk, and wouldn't stay on the table. It kept flying under the machines. After about the 10th time of that happening, we decided to leave. As we were walking out, the inbred hillbilly who was in charge of the place stopped making out with his whale of a girlfriend long enough to walk up to us to ask if we were going to pick up the puck. When I told him we weren't, I was told that we were banned for life from the Tilt. I've never gone back.
 
2012-08-07 01:42:49 PM  

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.


*puts quarter on the glass*
 
2012-08-07 01:45:00 PM  

frepnog: there is no future in retro arcades much past a couple years tops. once the nostalgia factor wears off, I just don't think people are going to continue to patronize these places. Much like the much ballyhooed "vinyl record" comeback, it is seriously just ill advised, IMHO.


They covered that in the article. You have to make it into more than just an arcade, somewhere that people would want to go to have a beer and hangout with arcade games on the side.
 
2012-08-07 02:54:05 PM  

groppet: 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.


I must spend too much time on FARK

After reading your post I thought

Molest Much?

And read your name as "Grope It"



/ thunder dome - yawn
// I can introduce you to the TERRORDOME
/// w/ my 5th best character Dhalsim even
 
2012-08-07 03:01:58 PM  

StrangeQ: frepnog: there is no future in retro arcades much past a couple years tops. once the nostalgia factor wears off, I just don't think people are going to continue to patronize these places. Much like the much ballyhooed "vinyl record" comeback, it is seriously just ill advised, IMHO.

They covered that in the article. You have to make it into more than just an arcade, somewhere that people would want to go to have a beer and hangout with arcade games on the side.


yeah, i know. it is just that .... i just don't see it being viable in the long term.

prime example is dave and busters.

"The operator of big box entertainment-dining complexes reported that its profit dipped to $1.8 million in the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 29, from $4.5 million in the prior-year period. But the company said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to $29.9 million from nearly $28 million in the same period last year."

so they made a bit more in stores but overall their profit is down by a DRAMATIC amount. If last year I made 4.5 million, and this year I only made 1.8..... i mean millions and all that put it seriously points to a problem - people have grown tired of the "barcade" type establishments already - and D&B is VERY much a social destination. Those old smelly SF2 machines in the full on retrocades are going to do much much worse.
 
2012-08-07 03:04:38 PM  

The_Time_Master: If they are built right, they are the same. MAME strives for 100% emulation of the electronic hardware


The electronic hardware isn't what makes MAME inauthentic, it's the physical hardware.

Joysticks and buttons are, for the most part, still available as the same parts that were used thirty years ago, but display technology has evolved quite a bit.

Your modern vertically mounted LCD panel is going to display differently than the RGB raster monitor that the Galaga arcade machine was originally designed with. Crisper and more detailed, yes, but they weren't intended to be shown with that much detail and crispness. Persistence and high dot pitch are integral parts of the graphic design of those old games.

The distinctions are even more stark on vector games like Asteroids. Even at HD resolution with anti-aliasing, an LCD screen will just never have the same smoothness and intense glow of an electron beam dwelling against the phosphor inside a vector CRT.
 
2012-08-07 03:09:19 PM  

poot_rootbeer: The_Time_Master: If they are built right, they are the same. MAME strives for 100% emulation of the electronic hardware

The electronic hardware isn't what makes MAME inauthentic, it's the physical hardware.

Joysticks and buttons are, for the most part, still available as the same parts that were used thirty years ago, but display technology has evolved quite a bit.

Your modern vertically mounted LCD panel is going to display differently than the RGB raster monitor that the Galaga arcade machine was originally designed with. Crisper and more detailed, yes, but they weren't intended to be shown with that much detail and crispness. Persistence and high dot pitch are integral parts of the graphic design of those old games.

The distinctions are even more stark on vector games like Asteroids. Even at HD resolution with anti-aliasing, an LCD screen will just never have the same smoothness and intense glow of an electron beam dwelling against the phosphor inside a vector CRT.


i got to agree here. On of my favorite arcade games is Killer Instinct. I have it emulated perfectly from the original arcade disk images on my pc and it is AWESOME but it just isn't the same on my lcd panel as it was back in the 90's on a nice big crt in an arcade cabinet. It isn't as crisp, it isn't as bright.
 
2012-08-07 03:27:31 PM  
Various and sundry:

When I worked for the Mouse one summer, we had a Killer Instinct game backstage in our breakroom with free plays. I think after dealing with children all afternoon long we needed to beat the crap out of SOMETHING.

And my husband put together virtual pinball machines for E3 this year for one of the exhibitors. Used real cabinets with an iCade rig for the buttons and rotated HD screens inside. By all accounts they were pretty awesome to play.

He also still has his Virtual Explorers League card in his wallet, in the hopes someone brings it back someday. I was just bummed the one in Vegas closed before I had a chance to go see it. With all the steampunk madness these days you'd think SOMEONE would reopen it...
 
2012-08-07 04:48:56 PM  

frepnog: StrangeQ: frepnog: there is no future in retro arcades much past a couple years tops. once the nostalgia factor wears off, I just don't think people are going to continue to patronize these places. Much like the much ballyhooed "vinyl record" comeback, it is seriously just ill advised, IMHO.

They covered that in the article. You have to make it into more than just an arcade, somewhere that people would want to go to have a beer and hangout with arcade games on the side.

yeah, i know. it is just that .... i just don't see it being viable in the long term.

prime example is dave and busters.

"The operator of big box entertainment-dining complexes reported that its profit dipped to $1.8 million in the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 29, from $4.5 million in the prior-year period. But the company said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose to $29.9 million from nearly $28 million in the same period last year."

so they made a bit more in stores but overall their profit is down by a DRAMATIC amount. If last year I made 4.5 million, and this year I only made 1.8..... i mean millions and all that put it seriously points to a problem - people have grown tired of the "barcade" type establishments already - and D&B is VERY much a social destination. Those old smelly SF2 machines in the full on retrocades are going to do much much worse.


You have to remember that Dave and buster's sucks, it used to be OK but now everything has to spit out a ticket and the games are basically casino games for children. Its boring, used to love going there when it first opened when they had actual video games and not casino junior attractions.
 
2012-08-07 04:59:41 PM  
There's a huge arcade in Columbia, SC called Frankie's Fun Park. Not so much a traditional video/pinball arcade, they've got three go-kart tracks, laser tag, mini golf and a bunch of other stuff in addition to their game room. Huge place, pisses me off. (I had to suffer with a 3000 square foot Alladin's Castle growing up...)
 
2012-08-07 05:07:23 PM  

Strategeryz0r: TheMysticS: Strategeryz0r: 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.

If I owned one of these barcades I would have a special place for the fighting and competitive games.

Yes, it would be called The Motherfarking Thunderdome.

Due to the nature of competitive games, and drinking, there would be extra security staff stationed nearby.

For the easy going games like Pacman and other experiences that are less likely to cause all out brawls, it shall be called the Rainbow Room. Because you're gay if you go there.

Typical second generation brat. US old people feeding their quarters in the 80s had as much respect for one game as another. When arcades died, along with in-home gaming improvements, one killer was the fetish that every game needed to become this game. Soon, almost all of the games had one on one fighters. Later, the rise of rpg types, then first person shooters helped, but home gaming was gettin' pretty, pretty, pretty good.
So, I'll beat your ass at the latest Tekken, then go to the rainbow room.


I would love to own a Mystic Marathon. When we were young, my husband and I would drop $30 a week on video games, quarter by quarter. Mystic Marathon was one of his games. Never have seen one again.
My games were Tempest, Jungle hunt (boring when the patterns get learned)
all pac-mans- I was the leader in super pac man for a while. Dig dug. And pinball. I loved Black Knight, one of the 1st state-of-the-art pinball games in the US.
We had some together games we played at the Shakey's pizza, Mario Brothers, Joust. Either on a date, or a great way to not have to sit with your parents- it was awesome waiting for pizza droppin' quarters.

Robotron 2024. Upstate New York has a failed mansion build on a little island called Boldt Castle. I haven't been back in 20+ years, but it had a little tourist town built up around the boat tour and island stop. (seein ...

Wow somebody doesn't take to internet sarcasm or snark very well do they? I have a healthy respect for mario bros, pacman, etc. I grew up with them, I still own them. However, I would never go to a bar to sit at a pacman machine and drink. Going out is an inherently social experience. In my opinion competitive based games(such as street fighter, racing games, etc) are, at their core, a more social experience. Hence they, again in my opinion, make better selections for a "barcade" than older retro games(not that they're bad choices by any means, I just feel the others are better).

If I were to make one of these arcade/bars that would be my schtick. Less emphasis on the Dave and Busters DDR/Skeeball/etc, more emphasis on the street fighters, the mortal combats, the Daytona 500s, and yes... The Battletech(the true essence of the drunk thunderdome right here).

So calm down there buddy. This has nothing to do with respecting other types of games. It has to do with my opinion of what I feel is more conducive to the environment of a "barcade." Leave the pacmans and the asteroids to the pizza parlors.


Dude, I'm a girl. If you'd read most of what I said, you'd know that, since I mentioned husbands and kids.
So, I suggest you calm down there, buddy.

Believe me, I certainly get your point. Drinking vs. non-drinking games. You also said the rainbow room would be for gay folks. So, I just took it as gamer smack talk and decided to give a little back.

But, I'm glad that suggesting that you don't appreciate all games for what they are made you a bit miffed, and decided to set me staight. Because that's gamer passion, true dedication.
And that's all right by me.
Sorry if feathers ruffled.

I also admit that I was combining your thoughts, and the poster you were responding to, imontheinternet into one post. Which caused me to say what I did. Dunno if that makes sense, but my bad for mixing both of you.
 
2012-08-07 05:18:30 PM  

TheMysticS: Dude, I'm a girl. If you'd read most of what I said, you'd know that, since I mentioned husbands and kids.
So, I suggest you calm down there, buddy.

Believe me, I certainly get your point. Drinking vs. non-drinking games. You also said the rainbow room would be for gay folks. So, I just took it as gamer smack talk and decided to give a little back.

But, I'm glad that suggesting that you don't appreciate all games for what they are made you a bit miffed, and decided to set me staight. Because that's gamer passion, true dedication.
And that's all right by me.
Sorry if feathers ruffled.

I also admit that I was combining your thoughts, and the poster you were responding to, imontheinternet into one post. Which caused me to say what I did. Dunno if that makes sense, but my bad for mixing both of you.


It's all good. I missed the lady parts, I apologize(not a problem I typically have.. HAYOO!!).

No ruffled feathers here, I was just confused at first. I'm like, but I do respect those games.. and own many of them. So I was just like eh?? when I read your post.

In terms of the whole rainbow room for t3h gheys thing, yea it's gamer smacktalk/joke. But, in terms of a real bar of sorts, it would also been encouragement to get people over to the more money making machines. With pac-man you could theoretically sit all day on a single quarter, until you reach the kill screen. Yet using subtle queues, like assaulting someones masculinity for venturing over into said rainbow room, you subconsciously guide them towards the more competitive games. The ones with the winner stays loser pays mentality.

Which, in the end, means more money going through your machines as players cycle in and out. Most people would end up in the rainbow room to start with, but once they get their buzz on that drunken belligerence would most likely lead them towards the thunderdome. Wherein all their spare change becomes mine.

Granted all of this is hypothetical. Not to mention, in reality, you would probably have to go through a sea of LBGT protesters to get to your bar because you had the gall to call an area "the rainbow room" in a derogatory sense.
 
2012-08-07 05:50:12 PM  

LoneCoon: 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.


ahhh. Its in the same place as the old arcade at Forest Fair Mall. That's about 15 minutes from here. I'll have to check it out tonight.
 
2012-08-07 06:06:09 PM  

Strategeryz0r: If I were to make one of these arcade/bars that would be my schtick. Less emphasis on the Dave and Busters DDR/Skeeball/etc, more emphasis on the street fighters, the mortal combats, the Daytona 500s, and yes... The Battletech(the true essence of the drunk thunderdome right here).


God you 2nd generation arcade people farking ruined everything.

Joust, Tron, Burgertime, Defender, Space Invaders, Galaxian, Centipede, PacMan, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, Robotron, Omega Race, Dig Dug... THOSE WERE GAMES

Get off my damned lawn.

Battletech is played with dice. And it rocks, And get it out of the arcade. Any game I have to have 3 people with me to play sucks.

Me, a roll of quarters, and a couple friends to play *with*, not against, (Gauntlet) that was an arcade game.

Fighting twitch games ruined everything, and full wall eating Daytona style games made it okay to charge $2 for one game, and then suddenly everything was $1 instead of a quarter.

Damned brats.
 
2012-08-07 06:33:27 PM  

poot_rootbeer: The_Time_Master: If they are built right, they are the same. MAME strives for 100% emulation of the electronic hardware

The electronic hardware isn't what makes MAME inauthentic, it's the physical hardware.

Joysticks and buttons are, for the most part, still available as the same parts that were used thirty years ago, but display technology has evolved quite a bit.

Your modern vertically mounted LCD panel is going to display differently than the RGB raster monitor that the Galaga arcade machine was originally designed with. Crisper and more detailed, yes, but they weren't intended to be shown with that much detail and crispness. Persistence and high dot pitch are integral parts of the graphic design of those old games.

The distinctions are even more stark on vector games like Asteroids. Even at HD resolution with anti-aliasing, an LCD screen will just never have the same smoothness and intense glow of an electron beam dwelling against the phosphor inside a vector CRT.


True, but there are emulation* addons to simulate those. And when I play ZSNES I turn those on because SNES looks like crap in HDTV detail.

* emulation isn't the real thing, but the "real thing" was only used because they didn't HAVE better affordable tech back then.
 
2012-08-07 06:37:03 PM  
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Build your own! Just get some JB Weld, some raining and sheet metal screws and you are all set! Oh, and a rotating mount.
 
2012-08-07 10:37:13 PM  

Nadie_AZ: 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.


Loved that game back in '83. My friend and I used to get to level 20 easily. We probably spent our college funds on arcade games.

Nightmaretony: 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!


I am so looking forward to seeing that movie. The trailer with the villains support group cracked me up.
 
2012-08-07 11:02:17 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: Nadie_AZ: 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.

Loved that game back in '83. My friend and I used to get to level 20 easily. We probably spent our college funds on arcade games.

Nightmaretony: 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!

I am so looking forward to seeing that movie. The trailer with the villains support group cracked me up.




Same here. Tron gave us a super incredible boost back inthe day.

Let's face it, the gritty stuff of being in an arcade playing games with others and hearing other games, a computer cafe can't ever match.

Arcades are forever.
 
2012-08-08 01:45:20 AM  
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2012-08-08 06:43:59 AM  

Hawnkee: 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.


If there is anywhere in this world that doesn't welcome black lesbian midget bikers then I don't ever want to be there. Seriously.
 
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