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Remember when it was all about the high score? Lets build a classic arcade game museum to remember the glory days of video gaming! Read more

Raleigh, NC Video Games
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This project's funding goal was not reached on May 6, 2012.

Remember when it was all about the high score? Lets build a classic arcade game museum to remember the glory days of video gaming!

Raleigh, NC Video Games
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I would like to build a place to showcase gaming works of art and history.  A kind of working museum that you can step into and relive the days when arcade games were in almost every gas station, grocery store, and restaurant - a better time.  A place where you can see and play these games, not with an emulator or piece of software, but as they were designed 30 years ago - with electricity flowing through the same circuits that have delighted thousands of gamers over the years. I feel that people would really appreciate coming and learning the history behind these machines and their designers in a place that inspires nostalgic feelings. 

I believe that everything about arcade game design is art - the game play, programming, the graphics and sound, even the cabinet art and layout.  Especially in the early days when technology was so incredibly limited - these game makers had to work under extreme constraints and they still managed to produce engaging, extremely fun games that to this day are still playable and ticking.

I would also like to recreate the authentic atmosphere of an arcade that you might have visited in the 80s.  Love Shack playing in the background, the smell of a snack bar, the shouts of 'gnarly' and 'rad' by live actor teens beating a score. There will be corded telephones, the liberal use of the word 'totally', and certainly no wifi access!

I have already collected 9 classic games from the 80s and early 90s:

  • Space Invaders Deluxe (1980)
  • Galaga (1981)
  • Ms. Pac-Man (1981)
  • PlayChoice 10 - includes Super Mario Bros, Super Marion Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Punch Out, Double Dragon, Dr. Mario, and more (1986)
  • Donkey Kong 3 (1983)
  • Street Fighter II (1991)
  • The Simpsons (1991)
  • NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1993)
  • Cruis n' USA (1994)

I would like to add around 20 more games before opening the doors, including:

  • Pong (1972)
  • Asteroids (1979)
  • Centipede (1980)
  • Pac-Man (1980)
  • Donkey Kong (1980)
  • Frogger (1981)
  • Dig Dug (1982)
  • Joust (1982)
  • Q*bert (1982)
  • Arkanoid (1986)
  • 1943 The Battle of Midway (1987)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)
  • Mortal Kombat (1992)

All of these games were 'game changers' and everything that we play today has been built on their quarter snatching shoulders!  We also need equipment for a snack bar, 80s decor, and a place to set up.

The funds raised by this KickStarter project would help kick things into overdrive as my goal is to be open in the summer of 2013.  Remember: KickStarter is all or nothing - if I don't reach the goal, you don't pay what you pledged and I get nothing.

$40,000 is a lot of money, I know - but I don't want to do this half way.  I want to do it right, so I've just decided to go for it!  If you ever loved playing an arcade game and you would love to come see a place like this - please consider contributing and please pass this page on to everyone you know! I really need your help in making this a reality... Thank you for reading! AEA!

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    $1 reward

    1 backer

    For whatever amount you pledge - you get that amount in tokens when you come to the arcade! Just bring in your ID with the pledger's name and I'll keep a tally! Limit 20 tokens out at any one time. When you use that - come get more :-)

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    $10 reward

    5 backers

    You will be listed as an esteemed founder on our website! You will also be eligible for free high fives every time you visit the arcade! Notice: some times down-lows will also be included.

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    $25 reward

    0 backers

    You will be listed as an esteemed founder on our website and a receive a personally hand written thank you note!

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    $50 reward

    3 backers

    You will be listed as an esteemed founder on our website, receive a hand written thank you note, and a Classic Arcade Game Museum T-Shirt.

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    $100 reward

    2 backers

    You will be listed as an esteemed founder on our website, receive a hand written thank you note, a Classic Arcade Game Museum T-Shirt, and invited to our grand opening party! You'll have to make travel arrangements, but it will be a blast!

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    $250 reward

    0 backers

    You will receive one of our first custom made coin tokens! It will come in a beautiful small display frame with an inscription personally thanking you. And all other rewards listed before.

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    $500 reward

    0 backers

    A plaque with your name (or a name you chose) and a quote, if you wish, will be placed next to the arcade game of your choice. These plaques will be unveiled at the grand opening which you will be invited to. First come, first serve!

    And all other rewards listed before.

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers

    You will be thrown a party in your honor soon after the museum opens! All games will be set to free play and you may invite 25 guests! Everybody wear their best 80s outfit and talk the talk. There will be food, drink, and 80s music! You will have to make travel arrangements for you and your guests.

    And all other rewards listed before.

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