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Spotlight: Drinking and gaming at Emporium Arcade Bar photo
Spotlight: Drinking and gaming at Emporium Arcade Bar
by Geoff Henao

[Every now and then, Dtoid shines its Spotlight on a games-related artist, event, or place we'd like to share with you guys. Basically, we think this is awesome. Do you think it's awesome?]

Located in Wicker Park, one of Chicago's highlight, nightlife neighborhoods for cool kids and old folk, lies the recently opened Emporium Arcade Bar. Having previously managed the popular Barcade in Brooklyn, NY, Emporium co-owner Danny Marks decided to venture back to Chicago to open up the city's very first arcade bar with his brother Doug Marks.

Myself and fellow Flixist editor Liz Rugg were able to attend a special press opening and had a chance to talk to Doug about the ideas he and Danny have in mind for Emporium's aesthetic, the inspiration for bringing an arcade bar to Chicago, and even a brief history lesson about arcades in the city. For more information on Emporium Arcade Bar, you can read Liz's impressions or visit their website

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4:00 PM on 06.23.2012

Emporium Arcade Bar now open in Chicago!

If you've grown up or lived in the wonderful Midwestern city of Chicago for a while, you understand that there's been a dearth of good videogame-related activities to enjoy in the area. Sure, there's the occasional LAN comp...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 03.17.2012

Ireland's influence in videogames

Well, it's Saint Patrick's Day, and what better way is there to mark the occasion than by doing something flippant and pointless? Naturally, the Irish are fantastic at everything they do (and they're handsome, too), so it's...

Stephen Beirne



The ten best bars in videogames photo
The ten best bars in videogames
by Chad Concelmo

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, and, with that, comes a wonderful celebration of the patron saints and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s St. Patrick’s Day: an excuse to wear green, pinch people, and drink lots and lots of beer.

But going to a bar on this holiday is one of the worst decisions you could ever make. Lines of people; overpriced drinks; people wearing obnoxious “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” buttons even though they aren’t Irish (and most likely couldn’t even point to Ireland on a map). All of this stuff does not add up to a fun night.

But I am here to help! Since I would never advocate excessive drinking (especially to the underage readers of our site), instead of heading to a real-life bar this St. Patty’s Day, how about you spend the day in some of the best digital drinking holes in the world of videogames? It’s safe, free, and you won’t wake up feeling horrible in the morning!

So in celebration of this most drunken of holidays, pull up a stool, start singing “Danny Boy,” and let’s visit the ten best in-game bars ... EVER!

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10:30 AM on 02.06.2012

Mega Man X's Vile is a bourbon man

The next figure in Bandai's D-Arts Mega Man X figure line is X's longstanding rival Vile. As you can see in the photo above, the figure includes a glass-filled-with-hard-liquor accessory. Insta-buy! Confirmed for US release b...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 09.19.2011

ESRB: Skyrim has excessive drinking, heart-whores

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has finally given us a summary for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and it's a beauty! There's enough sex, violence and substance abuse detailed here to make up 10% of Charlie Sheen's memo...

Jim Sterling

8:20 AM on 07.01.2011

Drink, relax and play in South England

With the Mana bar having great success in Melbourne, Australia it is great to be contacted by a similar bar hidden away on the south coast of England. The Loading Bar is based in Falmouth and provides gamers with a place...

Hollie Bennett