About this project
Arcades in the 80’s and 90’s were more than just the foundation of the modern gaming culture. They were a social experience, something that brought together children, teenagers and adults. Lining quarters along the glass of the machine to keep your place in line; glancing between your opponent and the joystick as you try to plot out his tactics. The withering sound when you can’t outrun a ghost or the desperate search when the monotone “Wizard Needs Food Badly” comes through the speaker’s static. It wasn’t just that these games are memorable but it’s also that they brought us together. It was a spectators sport, watching as our friends shot for the high score to enter in those all important three initials. Hopefully it wasn’t a bad word, after all arcades were a family establishment.
That said many of us are older now. We may have passed our love of 8-bit, flashing lights and sweaty joysticks to our children but some part of us wanted to keep playing as well.
Now, we’ve got the chance.
Corvallis Arcade Night is an attempt to recapture that joy and give us new opportunities to connect with others who spent their childhoods bathed in blue and pink neon as they wrestled victory from the jaws of digital defeat. It’s something Corvallis has been lacking, our games and pinball machines relegated to dark corners of convenience stores or back rooms of pizza parlors. Let’s bring our love of old and new school gaming out to the forefront and reconnect with the social aspect of arcades that shaped our early years.
For one night in May-June, we’re going to have a party and you’re invited; a night of games, drinks and food. We’re not going to blare 80’s New Wave and blind you with flickering neon. We know you’re coming to enjoy the games and that’s what we want to bring you. However, we need you to insert a few coins so we can continue.
Now, even if you can't donate you can let other people know. We want to make this a permanent event in Corvallis and we'll need your help with that too!
Risks and challenges
Events like this aren't simple but we've talked to the people at the venue, caterers and other event hosts. We've checked and double checked what we need and we're confident in our abilities. That said, I'm sure you want to know where the money is going.
Venue: $690 with a $350 deposit. This gets us the space, power and seating we need.
Catering: $1125. We all need a little something to snack on while we game. We're also providing a no-host bar, because we're all adults here and what's better than a beer between pinball games?
T-shirts: $500. They don't grow on trees but we'll make sure the one you get fits you well. We'll also have shirts for sale if you missed your chance to get one before the event and still want one.
Tokens: $100. What's an arcade event without tokens? You won't need these to play the games but we wanted to give you something special for coming. They'll change every year so if you're the collecting type, start now!
On top of all that Amazon and Kickstarter will take their chunk.
To show I'm just as invested in this as I hope you are, I'm throwing in $1000 of my own money to get the party started. Now, Kickstarter frowns on donating to your own cause, so show them just how much you want this too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
For the contributors of $50 or more, there will be an hour of free play before the event. Some of the machines will be on loan from personal collections and I will need to work out the details with the owners. That said, there will be free food, punch and coffee available.
If the project does go over, I would first allocate funding to the collectors so that we can run a free play event. I'm also working on additional t-shirt designs that will be made available. With enough additional funding I can also look into providing even more machine options and expanding the event attendance. It would also open the possibility of a short tournament bracket with the potential for prizes to the winners if there is interest.
No. That's the mascot of our event, Einstein the Corgi. He graciously allowed us to use his image because he believes in this event just as much as we do.
... and we offered him ham.
He's also on Facebook at:
Yes. While there will be adult beverages served, there will also be plenty of options that are non-alcoholic. That said, we want a mellow atmosphere.
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