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July 26, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

My local movie theater - of all places - has a Pac-Man Galaga combo arcade cabinet

Last Summer I visited my favorite arcade where I spent untold number of quarters each Summer when I was a kid. It was still there! Granted, much of it's floor space was lost to indoor bumper cars, but it had enough cabinets to still qualify as an arcade in this day and age. Back in the corner I found a functioning Donkey Kong cabinet and I had to wonder if this was the same machine I commanded in my youth. I Immediately challenged my 6-year old to a game, even though he wasn't as impressed with it's historic value as I was. A great experience was had that day.
My local movie theater has a Pac-Man Galaga combo arcade cabinet
In the same vicinity, we discovered (this Summer) that our local movie theater has a Pac-Man Galaga combo arcade cabinet. Certainly not as vintage as our Donkey Kong find, I LOVE Galaga and was on it like a bum on a baloney sandwich! There's something special about standing in front of that cabinet, complete with familiar Galaga side-art, that simply can't be replicated by gaming consoles or ROMs. Arcades rule!

My son appreciates the variations of R-Type that we play on the SNES and Wii (via Virtual Console) as well as the satisfaction of discovering a new hat in Skylanders. In addition to the multitude of SpongeBob games we have on GameCube & Wii, he still wants to play Food Fight on the 7800 or Berzerk on the Atari 800. He's at a great age where fun is fun and stigma is a foreign word & concept. I hope he keeps growing up with a healthy interest in games from today and those I grew up with.

We sometimes stop into this movie theater just to play Pac-Man and Galaga... we always play Galaga first! :)

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