In the 80’s and early 90’s, American youth fell in love with arcades. Arcade culture brought about a sense of community. Everyone gathered to watch their friends try to master Donkey Kong, Centipede, Street Fighter and other classic games. Now, in the days of headsets and Internet gaming, the face-to-face interaction that happened at the arcade is all but a thing of the past. Fortunately, custom arcade machines are available that provide an instant trip to the past. These machines can elevate any man cave or game room. They’re conversation pieces that instantly transport all guests to their youth.
If you’re considering adding a custom arcade machine to your man cave or game room, there are a number of other items that can be added on a budget that will truly transport anyone who enters. The first is a custom paint job. There are countless options on Pinterest for different games inspired backlashes. For instance, all it takes is a little white paint to replicate the dots from Pac-Man. There are also plenty of stickers that are inspired by classic games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers.
Classic arcade marquees are relatively easy to find online. It’s easy to match the games you can play on your custom arcade machine to the decals on you will place on your wall. These rectangular marquees can be positioned in a number of different ways that truly highlight the fun of the games. Your guests are sure to be “wowed” by jumping back into time with these wonderful signs.
Every great game room is full of snacks. There are two different snacks that are synonymous with arcade culture. The first is candy. Fortunately, a lot of the most popular candies of the arcade era remain the popular candies of today. You can purchase a candy machine that requires quarters, especially if you need to limit your calories, or you can find one that simply allows your guests to help themselves. The second snack is popcorn. Owning a popcorn machine is obviously great for the arcade atmosphere, but it also quickly enhances any family movie night!
If you long for the days of leaving a quarter on an arcade machine, treat yourself to a custom arcade machine and surround your system with other memories of the golden age of gaming. Your guests are sure to be just as excited as you will be.