Building The Arcade You Remember
Building The Arcade You Remember
Remember when it was all about the high score? Lets build a classic arcade game museum to remember the glory days of video gaming!
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
About this project
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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