Published April 7, 2014 Leave a Comment

Zapcon 2014

Zapcon 2014

For those with fond memories of spending entire days in arcades, pouring quarters in machines in a quest for the highest score, ZapCon 2014 will give you an opportunity to relive them this weekend. Taking place at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel in Phoenix on April 12-13, ZapCon is a pinball and classic arcade convention where attendees can play on dozens of game machines throughout the weekend.

This is the second year ZapCon has graced downtown Phoenix and the games list has expanded quite a bit since then. In addition to well over 80 pinball machines, the event will also host even more arcade games including staples such as Centipede, Hydro Thunder, Zaxxon, Mortal Kombat II, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, and many more. There will be a few International Flipper Pinball Association tournaments for kids and adults alike being held throughout the weekend.

If you need a break from gaming, the convention will also showcase several independent films (about video games and arcade culture of course) over both days. All games will be free to play with purchase of admission. Day passes are $25 and weekend passes are $35; children under 12 get a discounted admission of $15 for a day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. For more information, visit the ZapCon official website.

Published April 2, 2014 Leave a Comment

More and more bar arcades are opening around the country and I couldn’t be happier.  Most of these venues offer the classic games like Centipede to Qbert,  and of course pinball, a bar, and some a full kitchen.  The barcade is becoming quite the appealing investment.

Pinball machines in the Barcade

Pinball machines in the Barcade

The barcade trend has been growing in popularity across the U.S. during the last decade. Typical barcades have pinball machines and arcade games, and sell locally crafted beers from microbreweries in the area—meshing the childhood nostalgia of gaming with America’s favorite pastime: drinking.

Chicago has seen three of these establishments open recently including Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Headquarters Beercade, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave.; and Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton Ave. and they are all seeing good success in the market.

Barcades are popping up everywhere, If you are not familiar what these places look like check out the following video, it has a pretty good walk through of a Barcade in New York.

This is a good sign for the arcade industry, it means people are getting tired of playing their video games at home and are starting to mingle again.  Nothing beats live interaction and that is where the arcade comes in.  It is a place to socialize and have a good time.

Game On!

Arcade Nook