Location Watch: The Recreation Protect #2 (TX); The Recreation Present (IL); Laffy Glad Arcade (TX); The Pinball Arcade Museum (FL) & Extra

It’s time to get everybody in control on the most recent arcade & amusement areas to have opened their doorways on the market. In case you are concerned with a location that opened lately or is opening very quickly (within the subsequent few weeks), then please tell us in order that we will embrace the power in our subsequent areas put up!

Earlier than we start, there’s information of one other FEC chain increasing as Punch Bowl Social plans on including 11 extra areas to the prevailing 17 websites they’ve, by the top of 2020.

The Recreation Protect #2 (Webster [Houston], TX)

Let’s begin with one thing…massive. Opening their second location within the state, this one boasts 11,000 sq. ft. of gaming area, positively making it a “Texas sized” form of place. As it’s “down the highway” from NASA there, they’re additionally calling this the NASA location. Along with a ton of high quality paintings & murals, stay music, alien spaceship DJ sales space, meals (and letting you carry your individual meals in), they’ve a large video arcade and pinball area to play in. If I used to be to attempt to listing a lot of the video games they’ve, this put up would go on for too lengthy, so right here’s a low high quality video that provides you ten minutes of strolling across the area and exhibiting lots of the video games. Suffice it to say, it’s obtained to have a minimum of 100 video games, most likely extra. Undecided that they’re near Galloping Ghost but, however they’ve obtained loads of area to develop:

Their major web site is right here.

The Recreation Present (Lombard, IL)

In case you hit up the Yorktown Mall in Lombard, then you definately’ll discover a contemporary arcade there by the title of The Recreation Present. Utilizing the now-standard Free Play entry cross that basic/retro arcades love, they’ve two tiers, one among which covers pinball. I haven’t seen that mannequin used with too many pinball-centric locations, as pinball tends to have greater prices with the upkeep (and areas are way more prepared to purchase model new, $6000-$10,000 pinball machines, whereas they have an inclination to carry to a precept that they will’t purchase something newer than 199x). So having a second, costlier tier for the pins is smart; in addition they have newer pins at $1 a play. I additionally say that, and there’s one other location under that is also doing the FP mannequin and has loads of pinball 😛

For The Recreation Present, they’ve 40 video games on-site, together with: Arch Rivals; Bride of Pinbot pin; Cruis’n World; Hydro Thunder; Joust; Ms. Pac-Man; Pengo; Ranger Mission; Ring King; SF Rush 2049 SE; X-Males (4p); Zombie Raid and extra. For the pins that don’t require an entry payment and are simply $1 a play: Star Wars (Stern); Batman (Stern); Guardians of the Galaxy; Deadpool; The Munsters & Black Knight: Sword of Rage. They’ve obtained an internet site right here or go to them on Fb.

Laffy Glad Arcade (Karnack, TX)

This one was despatched our approach by somebody concerned on the location after our final areas put up. Karnack is a rural city, which signifies that you typically don’t have loads of out-of-home leisure choices to go for. They’ve a powerful concentrate on meals (notably pizza), however have area for coin-operated video games. Shopping their Fb web page, I don’t see any indications of them having video video games, however for those who like redemption & Skee-ball, they’ve obtained you coated.

The Pinball Arcade Museum (St. Petersburg, FL)

[Via Replay Magazine] This location is making essentially the most out of two,000 sq. ft., with a strong concentrate on basic video as a lot as they’re highlighting pinball. Opening their doorways on August 1st, they’re additionally following the Free Play mannequin of a basic/retro arcade enterprise, though they don’t have the separate space or costs for that like The Recreation Present does above.   Both approach, The Pinball Arcade Musuem will characteristic a complete of 60 machines to play, together with: Cyclone pin; Dig Dug; Soiled Harry pin; Donkey Kong & Donkey Kong Jr.; Gilligan’s Island pin; Moon Patrol; NFL Blitz; South Park pin; House Invaders; Stargate (video); The Addams Household pin Tri-Sports activities; World Cup Soccer pin; Xybots and extra. They appear to have landed some good native media consideration to date, and the very best place to comply with them in the intervening time is on Fb.

Spherical 1 USA Replace:

Now open on the Southland Mall in Hayward, CA; extra pics at this tweet.

Confirmed: Round1 Bowling & Amusement Now Open at Southland Mall @SouthlandMall (Hayward, CA)

✔︎ eight Lanes of Bowling 🎳
✔︎ Over 250 Arcade Machines 🕹️
✔︎ four Skilled Billiards Tables 🎱
✔︎$1.99 Draft Beer 🍺 pic.twitter.com/Zf8yShtIl9

— Round1 USA (@Round1USA) July 29, 2019

Japan Replace:

Sega Opens Their Fifth Retailer in Akihabara. This one is deviating from the usual sample (that I find out about), in that it has an area devoted to “retro video games” in addition to American ones. In one of many images, it reveals some pinball machines, a few of Sega’s video games which might be a couple of years previous now (Rambo and Transformers 1), in addition to some Sega competitor video games Cruis’n Blast, Pac-Man Battle Royale and a few others.

An organization by the title of Eight Leisure & Merchandise Co. Ltd. joins up as a Taito franchise with the Taito F Station Rinku Sikuru Retailer

As at all times, we want these areas the very best of luck of their enterprise, but additionally if you end up anyplace close to one among these venues, remember to do greater than look or say hello, help them along with your !

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I am a lifelong fan of video video games and I’ve been working my very own arcade, The Recreation Grid Arcade in West Valley Metropolis, Utah since 2008.



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