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July 28, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Arcade1Up creates a home retro arcade experience to be sold at local chain retailers

Arcade1up games
Arcade1Up is bringing some vintage arcade games to the home (or office) environment in a fairly realistic manner. Offering 3/4 scale cabinets with licensed art and ROMs, you can buy a few and create your dream arcade in your basement. Keep in mind they are not full size and still cost $299.

They currently boats five arcade-style cabinets, each with 3 or 4 games. To give you an idea of size, they seem to be the right hight for a seated player. You can also buy a riser to bring it up to a proper standing hight.

Arcade1up games This Arcade1Up game cabinet features: Rampage, Gauntlet, Joust, and Defender.
Arcade1up games This Arcade1Up game cabinet features: Asteroids, Tempest, Major Havoc, and Lunar Lander.

Arcade1up games This Arcade1Up game cabinet features: Street Fighter II, Championship Edition, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and Super Street Fighter II The New Challengers.
Arcade1up games This Arcade1Up game cabinet features: Centipede, Crystal Castles, Missile Command,, and Millipede.

Arcade1up games This Arcade1Up game cabinet features: Final Fight, Ghosts 'N Goblins, 1944 Loop Master, and Stryder.

I think these cabinets are pretty cool for a number of reasons, but I feel the $299 price is a bit high for only getting three or four games. I like that they all offer really good games from my favorite gaming era, but the 17" monitor seems a bit small. With many retro consoles now outputting HDMI, we are accustomed to gaming on our large TVs. A compact SBC Pi device will output to TVs in a similar manner. I'm not sure retro gamers want to go so 'retro' that a small monitor will satisfy. At the same time, this is all relative to it's scale.

This brings up another point. For me, you have to be standing! With all the classic arcade-style brought to these machines, I couldn't sit in front of such a gorgeous cabinet. It's part of the experience. Pick up a riser for your Arcade1Up cab!

Yes, We All Know About Raspberry Pi SBCs

Every time anyone makes a comment about any gaming device that does not provide access to 10,000+ games, some jerk has to make the "Raspberry Pi comment". Our helpful commenter (be it on Facebook, twitter or any platform capable of displaying comments) will crash your discussion to make sure everyone has heard of Raspberry Pi. He will also insinuate mild anger that you dared to discuss a multi-game system without acknowledging that Pi-builds are cheaper and offer more games. Thank you Mr. Helpful. Now we have a solid reason to hate you.

Not everyone has the time or skills to build a Raspberry Pi gaming device.
The basic truth is - he's partially correct. If you have the time and skills, you can make a retro gaming cabinet featuring many emulators and even more ROMs for nearly every game imaginable. But we all come to this world with different abilities and desires. Not everyone wants to build a wooden cabinet and has the electronics know-how to get a SBC (single-board computer) Raspberry Pi to play retro video games.

Non-Traditional Retailer Are Great!

I feel the key to these Arcade1Up gaming cabinets is the retailers who are offering them. If you love tinkering with electronics, that's cool, but there is a large population of folks who who shop at GameStop or WalMart (Bed BAth & Beyond for arcade games?). They just want to play retro games... not fabricate the device itself. These are large visible retailers providing a retro arcade experience - although pricey - it's another win for retro gaming.

Arcade1up retailers

So... Yeah, Bed Bath & Beyond

One day a co-worker of mine comes back from lunch where he spent an hour at Bed Bath & Beyond. Not the first place I'd send a lunch hour or any hour, but he had some gaming news. He spoke of an amazing product they offered that played classic Atari games. Immediately, I dismissed his choice of lunch spots for more info about these Atari games.

My mind was a blur of possibilities. I ask questions and he offers his best interpretations... which led to more questions. I'm on the brink of going to BB&B on my own lunch hour, when it occurs to me - is he talking about AtGames' Atari Flashback? Indeed he was. My excitement waned and I am currently wondering how the Arcade1p came to be available amongst the scented candles and bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond. Maybe I should drop in there with one of those 20% off coupons when the Arcade1Up launches.

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