There once was a time where just about every town centre in the developed world harboured at least one gaming arcade. Tragically, the rise of home-gaming throughout the latter years of the 20th Century saw the decline and eventual fall of these otherworldly, neon-lit idylls. But there’s hope yet…
If you know where to go, there are still arcade gaming hotspots to be found around the globe to this very day. Jet off to these top travel destinations for retro gamers to rediscover the pixelated pleasures of a bygone time – just be sure to take some loose change along with you when you do:
Walt Disney World – USA
Here’s a fantastic option for mums and dads who want to relive the arcade gaming experiences of their youth in a setting that’s eminently suitable for their little ones too. The Replay Zone at Walt Disney World brings together all manner of classic arcade machines, including Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders, Tron, Spy Hunter, Centipede, Asteroids, Q-bert and Mario Bros.
The Four Quarters – London, UK
Quite unfairly, Peckham, London is renowned for little other than its most famous son – Only Fools and Horses’ fictional wheeler-and-dealer protagonist Del Boy Trotter. That could all be about to change however, as the area has recently become an unlikely Mecca for retro gaming fans. There is one very good reason for this phenomenon, and it’s known as The Four Quarters Bar. With a selection of quality ales on tap, and – more importantly – a range of free-to-play original arcade machines including Tron, Outrun, Street fighter II, Star Wars Trilogy, Asteroids, Defender, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Point Blank and Sega Rally, this place is Retro Heaven in the heart of Peckham.
Super Potato – Tokyo, Japan
Super Potato is nothing short of a geek’s paradise, furnished with a dizzying selection of arcade machines, manga comics and all manner of colourful merch. Nobody does gaming culture like the Japanese, as Super Potato’s life-size Solid Snake statue surely attests. Image source: Tripadvisor
Arcade Street – Paris, France
We would never have guessed at the distinctly sophisticated French capital as a potential arcade gaming hotspot, but the excellent Arcade Street definitively puts Paris on the retro arcade-gaming map. Drop by their website to find out about upcoming special events and tournaments. Image source: Arcadestreet
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