Posts tagged arcade

EightyTwo in Little Tokyo

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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!

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Thoughts On Arcades

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A lot of my childhood was spent at arcades inside malls. In the Philippines (that’s where I grew up!) we have big malls which would usually have a big arcade. The arcades were a mix of ticket redemption games — I rocked the skeeballs, back in the day — and a mix of a lot of traditional games, like fighting games, etc.

In the USA, the arcade scene is on and off. Smaller arcade spots that didn’t depend on ticket redemption games are slowly phasing out. It’s hard to compete with the home consoles which are more popular with people today.

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Redondo Fun Factory

Labor Day Weekend, 2010

Last Labor Day Weekend, my boyfriend and I went to the Redondo Fun Factory in Redondo Beach. I’m not exactly sure how long this arcade has been around, but it practically doubles as a museum. It’s a great mix of really new machines to much, much older arcade games. This includes Pong, Michael Jackson’s Moon Walker, and my personal favorite while growing up, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade. Fun Factory keeps these machines running, even though they seemed to be largely ignored. Though I am sure retro arcade fanatics put more than enough quarters to keep them running once in awhile. I actually wished I had a bucket of quarters while on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade. That game is hard!

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If you want a hit of old school arcade nostalgia, this is the place to go. Only a quarter per game for the majority of the machines, too!

Labor Day Weekend, 2010

Labor Day Weekend, 2010

The decoration is pretty neat inside, most of it consists of old signs from restaurants, stores, etc.

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Not a bad place to go on a little nerd date either.

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