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November 7, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If Chuck E. Cheese's had a liquor license it still wouldn't be The 1-Up Arcade Bar

King of Kong DVD If you haven't seen The King Of Kong - not the ape swatting at biplanes flick - you really must. Not to be confused with the infamous Empire State Building simian, the full title of this 2007 documentary is The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and it's available on DVD.

It's about a rivalry to obtain, and record with Twin Galaxies, the high score on Donkey Kong. Each of the 2 combatants (Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe) come from different backgrounds, yet found no kinship as they each try to claim the Donkey Kong high score. The film reached cult status in record time. In March 2011, Richie Knucklez convinced both Billy and Steve to fly to New Jersey and play head to head in what was called THE KONG OFF. It's success led to people asking when the Kong Off 2 would take place!

Hence the creation of the Kong Off 2 which will take place at The 1-Up Arcade/Bar in Denver Colorado. You may have seen the recent trend of bars adopting classic arcade games. Kids who grew up in the arcades of the 80's are well past the legal drinking age, but still love the arcade games that played such large roles in their childhood. You're never too old to play video games and several bars have stepped up to meet this retro demand. I've never seen a classic arcade gama at a Chuck E. Cheese - even though founded by Atari's Nolan Bushnell. King of Kong DVD The 1up is a Vintage Arcade, Bar/Restaurant located in downtown Denver and features over 40 vintage arcade games, 3 lanes of Classic Skee Ball, and 15 pinball machines. It's the perfect setting for the world's greatest arcade competition. The Kong Off 2 is at The 1UP Nov 16th, 17th, and 18th.

We jokingly created the title to this post thinking that a kid's pizza arcade is the last place you'd find liquor. The idea was to compare Chuck's popularity with the trend in BarCades where bars are adding retro arcade games to attract customers. It has come to my attention that Chuck E. Cheese does in fact have some sort of liquor license. Of the several sites with parental complaints over liquor at this kid's arcade, one site stated that 70% of the Chuck E. Cheese locations serve beer and wine. Holy shit - I had no idea.

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