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2013-01-07 08:20:01 AM
It's like the author is 20 years old and doesn't realize Chuck E. Cheese was around 30+ years ago.

When I was a kid, the only reason you went to Chuck E. Cheese was because they had just about every video game made. You damn sure didn't go for the crappy cardboard pizza or the moronic animatronics. You went to cram fistfuls of tokens into Berzerk, Defender/Stargate, Vanguard, Red Baron, Tempest, PacMan, Space Fury, Space invaders and hundreds of other games.

And before Chuck Up Cheese, you went to Crystal's Palace. They had the best arcade games the '70s had to offer.
 
2013-01-07 09:08:16 AM
So like Dave and Busters but with edible food?
 
2013-01-07 09:35:18 AM

Sybarite: So like Dave and Busters but with edible food?


Who said it would be edible food?  ;)

But, actually, if it is really "old school" games... I would think they would just let you play for free at the table while you are sitting down.   I would imagine they'll install a bunch of touchscreen restaurant tables where you'd be able to read the menu from, order your food, and then play games while you wait, and even probably pay.   Honestly, they would probably not even have "Waiters/Waitresses" in the traditional sense... you'd have someone who would seat you, and someone would bring the food from the kitchen, but, other than that, you could do everything from the touch table.
 
2013-01-07 09:41:53 AM
That's great! I've heard of The Barcade, and want to see these ideas spread.
 
2013-01-07 09:46:50 AM
Maybe they should also bring back roller rinks, those had sweet arcades as well
 
2013-01-07 09:57:08 AM
Heck, the Pizza King in our little one-stoplight town in Indiana had Sega Genesis and SNES at every table ~20 years ago. The pizza at the Pizza Hut was a little better, but my friends and I showed up for the games on the weekends :)

/yes, there was nothing else to do.
//yes, we all had these systems at home, but somehow it was more fun playing there while eating crappy pizza
 
2013-01-07 09:57:41 AM
And Shao Khan said, "FINISH IT!"
 
2013-01-07 10:09:41 AM
There was something like this that was tried in Peoria, IL about 10 years ago. It was called InPlay. It was a pizza place and bar with several floors of arcade machines, skiball-type games, and a big climbing wall. The entire system worked on in-store credit. You bought a "gift card" at the door and used that instead of a pocket full of quarters.

I don't think it's still in business. Gamers still prefer consoles in the privacy of their own homes. Drinkers don't want to be around noisy arcade machines and kids. Parents didn't want to take there kids downtown.
 
2013-01-07 10:22:05 AM

dletter: But, actually, if it is really "old school" games... I would think they would just let you play for free at the table while you are sitting down.   I would imagine they'll install a bunch of touchscreen restaurant tables where you'd be able to read the menu from, order your food, and then play games while you wait, and even probably pay.   Honestly, they would probably not even have "Waiters/Waitresses" in the traditional sense... you'd have someone who would seat you, and someone would bring the food from the kitchen, but, other than that, you could do everything from the touch table.


That's a much better idea than the one presented in the article. And 3 years ago, I would have said it would be ridiculously expensive, but that's not even the case anymore. Aside from copyright, blah blah blah... you could build the tables with emulators and a little polish and get the whole thing running for a price that would pay itself off
 
2013-01-07 10:23:23 AM
I don't think touchscreens would work at a place like this. People's hands are disgusting and highlighting this fact with greasy smears over the gaming screens would just freak some people out.

/Not to mention the crap that would be spilled on the table/screen.
//How good are touchscreens with greasy hands anyways?
 
2013-01-07 10:23:33 AM
Any Farkers in NJ should check out Yestercades in Red Bank.
 
2013-01-07 10:25:52 AM
Yeah.... Gameworks is completely gone, right?

And they had ads for Ax washing products. Like the people who'd get excited over a retro arcade would use soap.
 
2013-01-07 10:40:13 AM
As far the touchscreen issue... you could have see through covers that you change with every visit.

And although I recommended the touchscreens... I've always wanted to do an "80s Cafe" with big monitors playing 80s videos, and the menus come out in Trapper Keepers, and all of the tables are sit down arcade tables.   That would be more of a local thing though, I don't think it would be very franchisable.
 
2013-01-07 10:42:37 AM
We have an arcade/beer house in Lexington--The Arcadium. It should totally be the location for a fark party sometime. It only holds about 30 people but they have fancy brews that are overpriced but damn strong. I had 3 beers in there and needed a cab.
 
2013-01-07 10:46:54 AM
If you find yourself bored and in Denver, CO any time soon... 1Up.
 
2013-01-07 10:58:14 AM

AshCampbell: If you find yourself bored and in Denver, CO any time soon... 1Up.


Looks cool... although this seemed odd...
"The 1up allows children under the age of 15, accompanied by their "Parent" ONLY, until 7pm daily. Due to licensing, we DO NOT allow ANYONE between the ages of 16-20 AT ANY TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS. "

So, i am a family with a 17 year old kid, sorry, no dinners out at 1up?  Not sure I understand this.   Lots of places are bar/restaurants, under 21 just isn't allowed in the bar.
 
2013-01-07 11:25:29 AM

PacManDreaming: It's like the author is 20 years old and doesn't realize Chuck E. Cheese was around 30+ years ago.

When I was a kid, the only reason you went to Chuck E. Cheese was because they had just about every video game made. You damn sure didn't go for the crappy cardboard pizza or the moronic animatronics. You went to cram fistfuls of tokens into Berzerk, Defender/Stargate, Vanguard, Red Baron, Tempest, PacMan, Space Fury, Space invaders and hundreds of other games.

And before Chuck Up Cheese, you went to Crystal's Palace. They had the best arcade games the '70s had to offer.


I always thought Showbiz was better than Chuck E Cheese. But Crystal's Palace was the best. Plus they had a giant TV that was almost always playing either Our Gang or Three Stooges. Good pizza too.
 
2013-01-07 11:26:41 AM
Hey, can I get my bun..

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Toastyed!
 
2013-01-07 11:37:56 AM
We have a barcade here in Chicago. Most of the games are broken, so there's that.
 
2013-01-07 11:40:31 AM
There's one of these in Richmond, VA called Strange Matter. Got a great selection of games and live music too. Seen several shows there. It's an all-around great place.
 
2013-01-07 11:43:43 AM

Burr: Hey, can I get my bun..

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Toastyed!


WIN.
 
2013-01-07 12:05:19 PM

Apos: Burr: Hey, can I get my bun..

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Toastyed!

WIN.


Frankly, I am surprised I was the first.

Come on FARK, you used to be cool....Its ok, I forgive you!
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2013-01-07 12:38:21 PM
This will be awesome. I miss arcades. But it will only be awesome if the restaurants don't charge $1 for 15 mins of an old Pac Man machine or something. In my opinion machines should only cost mostly .25 or .50 for something w/ a crazy peripheral.
 
2013-01-07 12:57:04 PM

dletter: AshCampbell: If you find yourself bored and in Denver, CO any time soon... 1Up.

Looks cool... although this seemed odd...
"The 1up allows children under the age of 15, accompanied by their "Parent" ONLY, until 7pm daily. Due to licensing, we DO NOT allow ANYONE between the ages of 16-20 AT ANY TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS. "

So, i am a family with a 17 year old kid, sorry, no dinners out at 1up?  Not sure I understand this.   Lots of places are bar/restaurants, under 21 just isn't allowed in the bar.


Yes that is unfortunate, but understandable. While many places have a bar area and a restaurant area, this is a bar that happens to serve some pretty decent food, so there is no restaurant area at all, if that makes sense? Also, the place tends to get pretty packed full of drunk 20 something year olds in the evening so you most likely might not want the 17 year old around anyway :D
 
2013-01-07 12:59:46 PM

dletter: AshCampbell: If you find yourself bored and in Denver, CO any time soon... 1Up.

Looks cool... although this seemed odd...
"The 1up allows children under the age of 15, accompanied by their "Parent" ONLY, until 7pm daily. Due to licensing, we DO NOT allow ANYONE between the ages of 16-20 AT ANY TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS. "

So, i am a family with a 17 year old kid, sorry, no dinners out at 1up?  Not sure I understand this.   Lots of places are bar/restaurants, under 21 just isn't allowed in the bar.


Actually, that is very odd... I did not read it right the first time, it NEVER allows 16 to 20 year olds, very strange. Quite possibly just to make it easier on them as that's the age range that is hard to discern from 21. Also, that is the age group that is most likely to get them in trouble with a fake ID or to sneak in, so just ban em all to make it easier on them, I guess...
 
2013-01-07 01:01:42 PM
How cute, the author never heard of Dave & Buster's or Gameworks.
 
2013-01-07 01:03:59 PM

dletter: Sybarite: So like Dave and Busters but with edible food?

Who said it would be edible food?  ;)

But, actually, if it is really "old school" games... I would think they would just let you play for free at the table while you are sitting down.   I would imagine they'll install a bunch of touchscreen restaurant tables where you'd be able to read the menu from, order your food, and then play games while you wait, and even probably pay.   Honestly, they would probably not even have "Waiters/Waitresses" in the traditional sense... you'd have someone who would seat you, and someone would bring the food from the kitchen, but, other than that, you could do everything from the touch table.


Now there's an idea. A restaurant where every table is a cocktail MAME cabinet.
 
2013-01-07 01:06:17 PM

AshCampbell: dletter: AshCampbell: If you find yourself bored and in Denver, CO any time soon... 1Up.

Looks cool... although this seemed odd...
"The 1up allows children under the age of 15, accompanied by their "Parent" ONLY, until 7pm daily. Due to licensing, we DO NOT allow ANYONE between the ages of 16-20 AT ANY TIME, NO EXCEPTIONS. "

So, i am a family with a 17 year old kid, sorry, no dinners out at 1up?  Not sure I understand this.   Lots of places are bar/restaurants, under 21 just isn't allowed in the bar.

Actually, that is very odd... I did not read it right the first time, it NEVER allows 16 to 20 year olds, very strange. Quite possibly just to make it easier on them as that's the age range that is hard to discern from 21. Also, that is the age group that is most likely to get them in trouble with a fake ID or to sneak in, so just ban em all to make it easier on them, I guess...


Exactly, I mean, I can understand "Nobody under 21 without a parent", but, to basically say "We are happy to have your family business... UNTIL THAT LITTLE RUGRAT TURNS 16!"... again, at that point, just be a bar that is 21-and-over only then.
 
2013-01-07 01:44:20 PM

dletter: And although I recommended the touchscreens... I've always wanted to do an "80s Cafe" with big monitors playing 80s videos, and the menus come out in Trapper Keepers, and all of the tables are sit down arcade tables.   That would be more of a local thing though, I don't think it would be very franchisable.



I want to order a Pepsi Perfect from Max Headroom.

As for the arcade/restaurant, I like the idea but it desperately needs pinball.
 
2013-01-07 02:05:52 PM
EXP BAR in Vancouver BC Link
 
2013-01-07 02:19:02 PM

Burr: Frankly, I am surprised I was the first.

Come on FARK, you used to be cool...


quit being such a baby

www.mobygames.com
 
2013-01-07 02:47:04 PM
there is a place here in town that does the whole "retro gaming" experience

and you can drink piss-in-a-can Pabst while you try to convince yourself that the little gray dot chasing the little blue dot is entertaining.

/nostalgia is best left in memory, cause when you come face to face with what you think you miss, often it turns out you didn't miss it that much.
 
2013-01-07 03:02:17 PM

inner ted: there is a place here in town that does the whole "retro gaming" experience

and you can drink piss-in-a-can Pabst while you try to convince yourself that the little gray dot chasing the little blue dot is entertaining.

/nostalgia is best left in memory, cause when you come face to face with what you think you miss, often it turns out you didn't miss it that much.


Pac Man (and even Ms. Pac Man) got old quickly because there wasn't that much variation.... just the issue with the game.

I can still get enjoyment out Pengo, Joust, Robotron... because you are trying to get to those next levels, and there are some significant changes in boards as you go forward.   There are many older games where the gameplay was pretty good.
 
2013-01-07 03:16:40 PM

dletter: inner ted: there is a place here in town that does the whole "retro gaming" experience

and you can drink piss-in-a-can Pabst while you try to convince yourself that the little gray dot chasing the little blue dot is entertaining.

/nostalgia is best left in memory, cause when you come face to face with what you think you miss, often it turns out you didn't miss it that much.

Pac Man (and even Ms. Pac Man) got old quickly because there wasn't that much variation.... just the issue with the game.

I can still get enjoyment out Pengo, Joust, Robotron... because you are trying to get to those next levels, and there are some significant changes in boards as you go forward.   There are many older games where the gameplay was pretty good.


csb
went to a cabin for summer vacation - while settling in, someone spots an atari 2600 with several games
memories of old times as a kid playing Outlaw / Joust / Beserk etc filled my head and so i made a cocktail and settled in for a walk down memory lane.

after about 3 minutes i was done - compared to my xbox 360 at home, it was just, well it was a 30 year old video game that didn't live up to the memory

/i would still probably play Syndicate Wars
 
2013-01-07 03:26:37 PM

inner ted: dletter: inner ted: there is a place here in town that does the whole "retro gaming" experience

and you can drink piss-in-a-can Pabst while you try to convince yourself that the little gray dot chasing the little blue dot is entertaining.

/nostalgia is best left in memory, cause when you come face to face with what you think you miss, often it turns out you didn't miss it that much.

Pac Man (and even Ms. Pac Man) got old quickly because there wasn't that much variation.... just the issue with the game.

I can still get enjoyment out Pengo, Joust, Robotron... because you are trying to get to those next levels, and there are some significant changes in boards as you go forward.   There are many older games where the gameplay was pretty good.

csb
went to a cabin for summer vacation - while settling in, someone spots an atari 2600 with several games
memories of old times as a kid playing Outlaw / Joust / Beserk etc filled my head and so i made a cocktail and settled in for a walk down memory lane.

after about 3 minutes i was done - compared to my xbox 360 at home, it was just, well it was a 30 year old video game that didn't live up to the memory

/i would still probably play Syndicate Wars


Because it was a 2600... almost every game sucked on a 2600... I am talking about the arcade (and now MAME)  versions.
 
2013-01-07 03:29:31 PM
Bally's (the Game company) tried this in the mid to late 80's. It failed.
 
2013-01-07 03:36:00 PM

dletter: inner ted: there is a place here in town that does the whole "retro gaming" experience

and you can drink piss-in-a-can Pabst while you try to convince yourself that the little gray dot chasing the little blue dot is entertaining.

/nostalgia is best left in memory, cause when you come face to face with what you think you miss, often it turns out you didn't miss it that much.

Pac Man (and even Ms. Pac Man) got old quickly because there wasn't that much variation.... just the issue with the game.

I can still get enjoyment out Pengo, Joust, Robotron... because you are trying to get to those next levels, and there are some significant changes in boards as you go forward.   There are many older games where the gameplay was pretty good.


Ms. Pac-Man was much better in that regard, just because you get new mazes as you go forward.
 
2013-01-07 03:37:20 PM

All2morrowsparTs: Bally's (the Game company) tried this in the mid to late 80's. It failed.


Right place, wrong time. Many 'barcades' are doing just fine these days.
 
2013-01-07 04:18:40 PM

dj_spanmaster: All2morrowsparTs: Bally's (the Game company) tried this in the mid to late 80's. It failed.

Right place, wrong time. Many 'barcades' are doing just fine these days.


Because it wasn't "retro".... a bar/restaurant with a bunch of arcade games in it in the 1980s was... a bar/restaurant.
 
2013-01-07 04:32:57 PM
I always went to Gameworks when they had that 20 or 30 feet tall hot air balloon game.
 
2013-01-07 06:35:25 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: Maybe they should also bring back roller rinks, those had sweet arcades as well


Do you know how effin' difficult it is to play a standup Outrun machine with a four-to-the-floor rented rollerskate on your pedal foot?
 
2013-01-08 01:13:02 AM
I gladly go to these places, because they keep their machines in shape (though after the grand opening, the owners learn a hard secret that you have to keep a machine repairman on hand during the whole time the arcade is open.

Fark You Buddy: Any Farkers in NJ should check out Yestercades in Red Bank.


I've been there a few times, no restaurant inside the place! :( (though they do have slim jims, candy, and drinks at the desk by the front door) Plus they need to fix their pinball machines better and more often.
 
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