Gaming can be a solitary experience. With home gaming platforms, you can hide away in a basement or living room and play away the hours—alone. Sure, you can “play” with other digitally, but it’s not the same as having that person right next to you pounding away at the buttons.
It wasn’t always that way. There was a time that gaming was more social and it was done in places called “arcades.”
There, rows and rows of freestanding games ate your quarters as you tried to clear levels on a few lives. Arcade1Up is reviving that experience with home arcade machines.
Measuring in at under four feet, these arcade cabinets come with all the graphics that you’ll recognize adorning their fronts, sides, and tops. They use the classic arcade joystick and button configurations, as well as a full-colour hi-resolution display and sound.
If you want your arcade cabinet to stand a little taller, you can also pick up a riser that adds a foot to the cabinet’s height. You can also pick up a stool.
The arcade machines ship to you in a large box—a heavy one at that, weighing in at over 70 pounds. If you have any experience with Ikea furniture, then you’ll be able to assemble the arcade without any trouble. Even if you don’t have that kind of experience, the units come with easy-to-follow instructions. Once the unit is put together, you’re ready to play—there’s no downloads or updates or anything of that nature to worry about.
There are plenty of games to choose from and most cabinets will come with multiple titles. You can plan on spending a minimum of $200. If you’re not into online ordering and receiving packages at home, then you can head over to a number of popular retailers that carry the cabinets.
And if you don’t have space for a full cabinet, you can check out their counter-cades—smaller versions that are made to fit on the counter of your man-cave.