EightyTwo in Little Tokyo
Old school arcades are a rare find these days (Dave and Busters does not count) which is why it was a big deal in the Southern California geek world when EightyTwo announced that they were opening a barcade. On their opening weekend, I was invited to a birthday party of a friend’s friend. Normally, I would hide in my cave to avoid social anxiety but this time, I happily accepted the invite so I could waste many quarters!
The barcade focuses on retro games, including Space Invaders, Street Fighter II, Robotron (which I would hog forever if I could), Tron (f’yeah!), Paperboy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a room dedicated to all kinds of pinball machines including a Doctor Who themed on (again, I would hog this one forever if I could). I find a lot of modern ‘arcades’ too overwhelming these days even if getting a million tickets from playing skee balls can be awesome. I am definitely a fan of EightTwo’s simplicity — and it’s a clean space, which is a definite plus! The drinks are a little bit on the pricey side but the bartenders make pretty good drinks. Another plus is that the Street Fighter II game is constantly projected as a live feed right above the bar so you can drink and watch people play from there as well.
A definite hang out spot for geeks in Southern California or just anyone who is missing and craving the games of our past. I am rediscovering a slew of Atari games that I decided I am really into. I have a feeling I would play here more than I even touch my Playstation 3 these days. Girl gamer problems.