Hello Super Gamers!
I hath returned from a vacation in New York City, and I’ve got some gaming goodness to lay on you.
I’ll give a quick introduction: I left for NYC on July 15. I’ve always wanted to go, and so I went (with m’lady). We agreed we would split up on one day so we could each do and see the things the other person had no interest in doing and seeing. For me, that meant video games.
Actually, I would have seen more of New York’s video game scene, but I got food poisoning about three days into the trip that had me out of commission for a good while. That was the first and only time I’ve ever had food poisoning. I don’t recommend it.
On to the pictures! As I just said, I didn’t get to see all that I wanted (for example, I didn’t get to see Nintendo World). But I did check out a small retro gaming store called Video Games New York:
Mario guards the entrance to the store. No Bowsers allowed!
They had some cool finds, that’s for sure:
XXX Atari games. “Is that a nipple? I can’t tell.”
But this here price tag made me throw up in my mouth a little:
Thirty bucks for Super Mario World!
After Video Games New York, I headed to a place called Barcade. The name suggested it was a place I’ve wanted to visit for all my adult life. In fact, I’ve often told friends that if I struck it rich I would open a half-dance bar, half-arcade. This place was half-pub, half-arcade, but hey, that’s pretty solid. And you know what? It was packed! With very beautiful people. Are we nerds taking better care of ourselves or were the beautiful people invading our turf?
I didn’t take any pictures of the full bar because I didn’t want to make people uncomfortable. But I did take these:
High scores are posted for all to see.
They were quarter arcades! Holy moly I haven’t seen that in a while.
“Theme from NARC!” – Black Francis
Always play as Donnie for the longer reach. Also, “Tonight I dine on turtle soup.”
Drink tables next to each cabinet. Essential if you don’t want idiots putting drinks on your arcades.
I was hoping to speak to one of the owners of the place, but alas, no one was available.
Barcade was tons of fun. I got to play several arcades I never had the chance to as a kid, including: Dragon’s Lair, Smash TV (I’m bloody good at Super Smash TV but this one not so much. I think your character moves slightly slower than in the SNES version.), Food Fight (played it but never on arcade), Ghouls and Ghosts (See: Food Fight. Also, the Sega Master System version of this game is one of my all-time favourites, and it would seem the arcade version is the same or very similar, so way cool!), and Discs of TRON.
That’s all I really got to see for video games in New York, but that’s not quite where this journey ends. From New York I went to Montreal for a couple days to visit my BFF. He hooked up an interview with Behaviour Interactive, the folks in charge of Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade. Miguel Caron showed me around their (multi-floor) office and then chatted with me for an hour and a half. I ate up way too much of his work day but it was a fantastic time and a fantastic interview. I can’t wait to put that episode up.
But that will have to wait a week or so because today marks day one of Pegjam 2014. You may remember Pegjam from last year when I made a video. This year, if there is a video it will be considerably less involved. Either way, I’ll be there, I’m covering it, and I’ll post its awesomeness here on Super Gamer.
My vacation is ending on a high note with some serious games journalism (serious). I’ll be back home late Sunday, so that’s when I can start editing and posting the new episodes.