Where Old Arcade Games go to Retire
This weekend I hit up a local theatre where the movies are dirt cheap. $2.50 for standard admission and a whole $1.00 on Tuesdays. I didn’t know places like this still existed but amazingly they do! The place is as rundown as you would expect for an under 5 bucks big screen experience but it has a certain charm because of it. While other big screen places have done away for the most part with arcades and have installed stadium seating; this little hole in the way is firmly stuck in the 90s. Complete with movie posters of Dogma and a COMING SOON poster of The Matrix still plastered on the walls. It’s like stepping into a time capsule, complete with cheap as hell popcorn and drinks which I loved. Seriously, I paid 7 bucks for a large coke and popcorn with UNLIMITED REFILLS. Yes, I said UNLIMITED.
But what really tickled my nostalgia bone was the line of beat up old arcade cabinets littering the lobby. I came across an honest to goodness Hydro Thunder in working condition and I couldn’t say no. I popped in 75 cents and relived some of the greatest damn boat racing to ever grace a digital screen. It’s as fun today as it was back then. Not all of the old cabinets were gems. For instance Konami’s Lethal Enforcers light gun game was never very good, and time hasn’t been very kind to it.
Still, there’s a certain charm to shooting a drugged up early 90s shades wearing dealer in the face with a light gun. Gaming has come a long way from the arcade cabinets of yesteryear but it warms my heart to see old games still trucking along, giving joy and digital love to a new generation of gamers. Have you spotted any old arcade cabinets lately? What were some of you favorites from back in the day?