These -isms were inspired by taterchimp's blog today, which you should read, because it's about a new trend that makes me happy. There seems to be a current resurgence of arcades around the US (and probably elsewhere, I dunno), in the form of barcades. taterchimp wrote about one that opened up near him in Des Moines, Iowa. There's also one that opened up a month ago or so near me in Columbus, Ohio! It seems arcades in bars are suddenly all the rage. Or maybe it's just a midwest thing. I haven't seen an arcade proper in Ohio in like... ever. So it's a new experience for me, but maybe these things still exist in other parts of the country.
Anyway, I've gone to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade twice now, and I'll actually be going again tonight. It's awesome, and it's actually the first bar that I really enjoy going to. I don't like drinking too much, but I don't mind having a drink or two occasionally. It's nice because all the arcade cabinets are free-to-play as long as you buy something from the bar (the pinball machines still cost quarters, though). Whenever I go, I try out a different cocktail and then go play all the games that I can.
I seem to spend the most time at the Dig Dug, Burger Time, Frogger and Asteroids machines. Asteroids is actually a really cool-looking game... I'm not sure what it is about it. It's just so pretty to look at. They supposedly have a Joust machine in their possession, but it's never out on the floor when I go, which sucks because I really like Joust and I really want to play it at an arcade! They also have The Simpsons and TMNT machines, but they're always so crowded that I never get a chance to play. I remember playing The Simspons arcade game in a Pizza Hut back when I was a little kid, and I'd really like to try it out again.
So yeah, barcades are pretty cool. Anyone else have a barcade near them?