The spirit of the arcade is not something easily replicated.
The golden age of the video arcade peaked in 1981, and then quickly vanished from towns and cities everywhere. In its wake, it left these machines in bars, bowling allies, boardwalks, and restaurants--and as the years progressed, basements, barns, dumps, and warehouses would prove to be their final resting places. Rows of dark screens, gutted cabinets, and faded memories of echoing laser blaster fire were the only testament to the meteoric rise and fall of early video gaming.
Today, you can still find this near-extinct species in the wild. The commercial concept of the modern arcade bar has become common, as is the random pinball machine in the corner of your friendly neighborhood dive bar, however it's rare to play these games in an environment that takes you back in time to experience them in their heyday. And that's what we're creating at NEON.
NEON's video arcade is comprised of authentic maintained and restored original cabinets, all running the same hardware they ran in 1981--or in 1994, since we'll be representing both eras of the arcade boom (for those of you who enjoy your Street Fighter II as much as your Centipede). We have plenty of experience with this, as our team has put together numerous successful immersive arcade events, including Arcade Revival.
Best of all? Keep those quarters in your pocket. Everything is on free play.
Interested in bringing a working arcade game or pinball machine to the show for the weekend? We'll be happy to comp you tickets for your help in making the NEON arcade even larger. Please email us with details on what you would like to bring.
"Rows of dark screens, gutted cabinets, and faded memories of echoing laser blaster fire were the only testament to the meteoric rise and fall of early video gaming."