Story, video and photos by D.L. Perea If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your federal reserve notes in downtown St. Louis, look no further than Start Bar STL. This cavernous arcade bar features a very well-balanced mix of arcade classics, pinball, skeeball, consoles, and private spaces with table service and console games. In the back on any given night, you’ll find a former … Continue reading Pinball? Killer Queen? Killer pizza? Killer drinks? Start Bar STL’s got em!
Raw Thrills Inc. – the company that brought you the Cruis’n series, Fast & Furious games, and The Walking Dead, have resurrected the four-player Turtle-powered frenzy of your youth in an all-new arcade machine. Based on the current Nickelodeon TMNT series, the new machine debuted at the IAAPA. All signs point to it stealing the show. This game has everything. Rocksteady. Bebop. Pizza power-ups. Krang. Everything you … Continue reading There’s A New 4-Player Ninja Turtles Arcade Game, And We Must Have It
Story and photos by Daniel Lee Perea “Hey come back here. I wanna show you something. Do you smoke up, man?” I was following a strange and eccentric man I’d only just met into a dark alley behind a dumpster in a bad section of town. It led to an empty warehouse. Ordinary people think twice about this sort of thing, but I tend to … Continue reading Underground Columbus: Inside the Bizarre World of Semi-Illegal Japanese Arcades, Drugs, Pinball Money Laundering, and Death Metal Spice Girls Karaoke
Although the industry has typically been covered regionally (usually when a new arcade bar opens, and a local media outlet covers the story), more mainstream national outlets are starting to take notice. The Hollywood Reporter put out a feature titled, How Arcade Bars Are Reviving a Decades-Old Subculture, noting: Thirty-five years after the sun set on the “Golden Age” of arcades, taverns touting cabinet gaming rigs … Continue reading Arcade Bars Attracting Mainstream Media
The joystick jockeys of the OC will have a new haunt to sip brew and drop quarters. According to Time Out Los Angeles, Mission Control has opened its doors in McFadden Public Market. McFadden has brought in one spot that’s sure to distinguish it from the pack: Mission Control, an arcade bar featuring vintage pinball arcade games. Mission Control is Orange County’s first “arcade bar,” combining … Continue reading Mission Control: Orange County’s First Arcade Bar
Attack Barcadium opened its doors in February, providing the denizens of Murfreesboro and the surrounding area with their very own arcade bar. Attack Barcadium is the brainchild of David Stansberry – the man behind Popcorn From Mars Theater (which provides top-notch food and entertainment alongside movies) and Frozen Treats From Mars (which sells handmade ice cream, Italian ice, shakes and smoothies.) His left-of-field entreprenuership has led him to … Continue reading Attack Barcadium Brings Retrogaming to Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Lansing residents will soon have a new joint to drop their tokens. The Grid Arcade and Bar is coming to Old Town and bringing with it craft beers from across the state and the nation, and retro video games. Corey Montie and Callie Mykut, co-owners, are putting the finishing touches on their unique venture and plan to be open for business some time in the spring. … Continue reading THE GRID ARCADE & BAR TO OPEN IN OLD TOWN LANSING