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October 2017 Retro Gaming Article


October 29, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Hawkins arcade in Stranger Things 2 brings me back to my favorite 80's arcade, Electric Playhouse

The arcade in Stranger Things 2
The Netflix exclusive TV show Stranger Things 2 unleashes the next adventure and a look at an amazing looking arcade!
No spoilers... read on :)

When Games Freezer commented on Twitter about the cool arcade featured in Stranger Things 2, the image brought back so many memories! There's no shortage of nostalgia returning to modern times. From the NES Classic Edition to re-issues of classic toys - "retro" is cool. But this image really brought it all back for me.

Part of this picture's allure for me is the awesome lineup of video games - Tempest, Dig Dug, Galaga, Pac=Man... But there's more to it than that. The lighting is so reminiscent of the Electric Playhouse in Mount Kisco, NY. Even the clothing style is right out of an 80s arcade. It doesn't surprise me that this effect can be created by a clever set and costume designer in 2017, but the memories it triggers are crazy.

There are quite a few retro arcade games in local arcades in my area, but we don't have a full-on 80's style arcade full of those glorious old cabinets. Not even a barcade to partake in. However, I feel very lucky to be able to locally play a dozen old school arcade games at various venues. Can't wait to catch up on the latest installment of Stranger Things!

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