Tag Archives: golden age

A novel about the arcade’s glory years

14 Aug

the final day at westfield arcade

You already know how fond of Arcades we are. We really care of those magic places, that sadly are almost completely disappeared in the West of the globe. But we’re not the only ones.

Andy Hunt (check out his blog) has written and published a very interesting novel, called The Final Day at Westfield Arcade, a nostalgia-fueled journey back through the arcade’s glory years of the 1980s. Here’s the trailer (be careful, you’re going to cry…a lot).

If you feel like taking a journey into the golden era of arcades (we highly reccomend it), you can buy the book, both Kindle and paperback versions, on Amazon, following this link.

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The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

6 Feb

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time

No, it’s not a new Space Invaders game coming to your iPad or something, The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time is a feature-length documentary film about classic arcade game collecting. It is the story of classic obsession, the second life of games in basements and garages across the US.

The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time will take you inside America’s hidden game rooms and into the hearts and minds of those who have made it their mission to enthusiastically preserve these important cultural touchstones.

Why? Because by 1985, video arcades revenue had fallen 97%, so they began to disappear worldwide (apart from Japan, as we said here) and most of the old games were converted or destroyed. A few, packed into warehouses, largely forgotten for another decade.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

Luna City Arcade, one of the home game rooms featured in the film.

This documentary seems to be a very good chance to undust some masterpieces from the golden age of arcades, and meet the most hardcore coin-op experts and collectors out there.

The full-lenght film, directed by Jeff Von Ward and featuring lots of die-hard collectors (take a look at them here), should be out around next April and we’re really looking forward to watch it. But for now just enjoy the trailer and check out its website.