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The Pop Up Arcade Is The Hottest Trend In The Event Industry Right Now

Treasure IslandOne of the reasons why we started All You Can Arcade, was because we wanted to make sure that arcade games were around for future generations to be able to play. It’s no secret that the large arcades from the 80’s and 90’s have become an endangered animal. As they’ve slowly disappeared, it’s gotten harder and harder for people to find games, but this scarcity has created a silver lining for our industry.

It’s led to the rise of the pop up arcade.

If you’re lucky enough to have a neighborhood arcade, it will do well when it first opens, but because you have such a good thing going, traffic tends to drop over time. If you don’t have a local arcade, but you find out that there will be a temporary one at an event, people will go out of their way to show up, because they only have a short window to relive the classic arcade experience.

Over the last two years, we’ve seen an incredible amount of interest from conferences, public markets, sporting venues, pop up store fronts and other large events for short term popup arcades. Sometimes, our customers will charge to get into the arcade, sometimes they’ll put them on quarter play, but a lot of times they’ll advertise them on free play and then watch as the masses show up to play Street Fighter 2 and Ms. Pacman. When we started, we didn’t anticipate that there would even be demand for pop-up arcades, but when our customers started asking for them, it became clear that they were a hit.

For us, running the popup arcades has been a lot of fun. Because we’ve focused our company on renting out games by the month, we don’t always get to see people play the games, but when we staff the popup arcades, we get a chance to see how excited the kids (and kids at heart) get when they have a chance to play old school arcade games. If you’d like to keep tabs on our free play events or visit us at one of our pop-ups, check out our Facebook page for events and updates.

Party Like Its 1979

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Looking for a creative way to celebrate the new year? Timeline Arcade in Hanover Pennsylvania came up with a clever idea. At midnight they are going to drop a Pacman and set off a fireworks display. Hopefully, they’ll post video of it for those of us on the west coast.

Thanks for all of the love and support in 2016. Were loooking forward to adding even more classics to our arcade game library, in the coming year. We hope that you stay safe and look forward to helping you relive your childhood memories, for many many more years.

In Local News July 22nd Edition

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Here is a list of notable arcade stories that showed up in local press coverage over the last two weeks.

-An arcade bar named Coin Haus has opened up in La Mesa CA with 29 games and a couple of pins
-Suttree’s Video Arcade receives a positive review by the local TV news
-Trektoday reports that Dave and Busters has released a new Star Trek arcade game
-Cobra Arcade Bar used Pokemon Go to lure players to their bar
-Bit Bar Salem went from a series of pop up arcade parties to the launch of their own arcade bar within 3 years

10 Basic Tools Every Arcade Operator Should Own

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We love buying tools as much as we like buying arcade games, but its easy to over do it, especially when you’re first starting out in the arcade business. To help out any operators who are just starting (or those who are playing along at home), we’ve compiled a list of the top ten tools that we use most, when fixing up our broken arcade games.

Multimeter – At the top if the list is the digital multimeter. You don’t need an expensive one, but it is worth paying more if you plan on using it every day. You’ll need this to do everything from diagnosing monitor repairs to troubleshooting bad connections.

Security bit set – If I had a quarter for every game that we’ve fixed because of a security screw issue, we’d have at least a couple of bucks saved up by now. Typically what happens is that something goes wrong with the controls and the home user cant get into the game. Once you unscrew the control panel, you can clean and repair the game and presto you have an easy fix.

1/4″ Nut driver – We use a nut driver so often, I’ve thought about carrying one on a tool belt. Quarter inch hex nuts are used to hold all kinds of pieces together, most notable it attaches the monitor’s chassis to it’s from. This one comes in so handy we have 3 of them.

Soldering Iron – You won’t be able to do any component level repairs without a good soldering (and desoldering) iron. Whether you need to change bad capacitors or fix a quick hack that a former operator did to a game, you won’t get very far without one.

Heat Shrink – We use heat shrink like its going extinct and we’re leading the charge. Sure you can wire nut, two wires together, but good luck noticing it when it falls apart while you move it and then you’ve got a broken game to troubleshoot. Just about every broken game we restore needs some wiring work done to it.

Wire Crimpers – Whether you need to repin a connection or you want to put quick disconnects on a signal wire, you’re going to need a good set of crushers. Don’t get the flimsy kind or else you’ll regret it. Look for something beefy and durable.

Power Drill – When we first started, we used to spend an hour on each game trying to pick the old locks so we could get into them. Now we hook up the power drill and drill though it in a minute. The power drill is also useful for working with the acrylic that we use for the control panels on games.

Paint Sprayer – I’d estimate that about half of our games need to be repainted before they are ready to go out. You can use rollers, but it looks a lot nicer if you use a sprayer with an oil based paint.

Utility Knife – Between installing t-molding to trimming artwork, this is another tool we use everyday. Get extra blades, they work much better when they are sharp.

Wire Brush – We keep a good stiff wire brush on hand for when we need to clean rusty chips. A good scrubbing can solve half of your pcb problems.

A Cosmic Bomb

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When Cosmic Avengers was first released in the arcades, it absolutely bombed. Universal was the new kid on the block and outside of their fantastic Mr. DO trilogy, they never really found large scale commercial success when it came to arcade games. If the story ended there, the game would be an oddity relegated to private collection’s, but where Universal found a lot of success was when they ported the game to the ColecoVision console.

The ColecoVision was a home console that was released in 1982. Despite its introduction during a crash in the arcade market, they still managed to sell 2 million units. While there were approximately 150 titles released for it, Universal was able to snag two spots on the 12 in 1 cartridge, that shipped with the console. As a result of the exposure Cosmic Avengers and Lady Bug (another bomb) became beloved and highly sought out by the public, even to this day.

In Local News . . . July 3rd, 2016 Edition

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Here is a list of notable arcade stories that showed up in local press coverage over the last week.

-Lucky Strikes Entertainment announces new arcade pub in Meadowlands NJ
-Michigan Pinball Expo announces $25K worth of tournament prizes at this year’s conference
-Tapper’s Arcade bar receives a strong review from the Indianapolis Monthly
-After 3 years of paperwork, The Allentown city council finally approves city permit for a pinball museum.
-Geeksters Arcade offers unlimited free play for $5 an hour
-Gametime’s 120 game behemoth arcade and bowling alley receives a positive review from the Naples Herald

Wreck It Ralph Will Wreck It Again

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Disney hit a grand slam with their Wreck It Ralph film and won over the hearts of a new generation of arcade fans in the process. Considering the level of success that they had with the film, it should be no surprise to learn that they have started production on a sequel. We’ll need to wait until March 2018 before we’ll be able to watch the sequel, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

In Wreck It Ralph 2, Ralph will be forced to make the transition from an arcade world into a more modern video game ecosystem. Considering the trouble that arcade operators began to have when the home consoles first started coming out, we’re predicting trouble as he tries to adapt to an increasingly and complex world. While we’re a little sad to hear that the films focus will now shift towards newer games, we think that the final message will be one that reminds the audience of how much fun the classics really are.

New Arcade Game Database Goes Live

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Most arcade collectors discover early on that there is only so much space in life to accommodate a certain number of games. Considering that they’ve made over 5000 different arcade games, this makes owning every one a near impossible goal. What is an arcade collector to do? Collect digital games instead 🙂

Earlier this week a new database geared toward the arcade community was announced. On the site, you can post reviews on your favorite games, the artwork that went along with them and your feelings on the soundtrack. Not every game is listed each yet, but as the site gets more visitors, it should end up fully populated with reviews for every game. If you’d like to check out this latest arcade related website you can visit them at Arcadedatabase.com

Tetris The Movie Turns Into A Tetrilogy

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Admittedly, movies based on arcade games haven’t always been winners. For what it’s worth, games based on movies have probably been even worse if we’re being fair. Nonetheless, few things excite me more than being able to see arcade games inspire culture in this way. While we already knew that they were making a movie based on Tetris, a new interview with the producer of the films reveals that they are planning on making 3 of them. What the plot line for the series will be is anybody’s guess, but you have to imagine that it will include Russia in the film and the game’s premises on changing blocks (breaking encryption?) makes me think we’ll get a good high tech spy thriller. It will be fun to watch more details leak as the film gets closer to it’s release, I have a funny feeling that they’ll be playing this one close to the vest though, so it’s possible that you may not get too many juicy tidbits until the film debuts.

In Local News . . . Arcade Edition

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Here is a round up of some of the more notable stories about local arcades over the last week.

-Timeline Arcade was denied a permit for their BYOB business model
Flippers Family arcade to open in Cheyenne WY
BitBar arcade to open in Salem’s former jail
-Up Down arcade bar opens in Minneapolis
Tilt Classic Arcade to close after two years of operations