A parent’s guide to arcade games

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Mum and dad, are you ready to transform your basement, spare room, or even a corner of your living room into an epic arcade games room? Whether you’re a retro gaming enthusiast or just looking for a new and exciting way to entertain your family and friends, an arcade games room can be the perfect addition to your home. 

We feel you though, this process can seem like a bit of an overwhelming feat. That is why, we have created a short guide to help navigate you into the realm of arcade games, and how to bring this joy into your home. 

First, let’s start with the basics. You’ll need a few key items to get your arcade games room up and running:

  1. Arcade games: Duh! Of course, the most important part of any arcade games room is the games themselves. You have a few options here. You can either purchase brand new arcade games, we may know a company that can help you with this (wink-wink) By partnering with an arcade gaming company, you will have all the latest features and technology at your fingertips. Alternatively, you can search for used arcade games on websites like eBay, which can be a more budget-friendly option but may require some extra TLC to get them up and running. By the way, we also sell used arcade games, you can have a look. 
  2. A computer or console: Depending on the type of arcade games you choose, you may need a computer or console to run them. Many modern arcade games come with a built-in computer, but if you’re going with a more vintage option, you may need to set up your own.
  3. A TV or monitor: You’ll need a large screen to display your arcade games, so make sure you have a TV or monitor that’s big enough and has the right connectors for your computer or console.
  4. Sound system: Silence can be awkward, particularly with arcade games. Don’t forget the sound! A good sound system is essential for an immersive arcade experience. You can either use a dedicated sound system or connect your arcade games to a home theatre system.
  5. Seating: Your going to be here a while, get comfortable! You’ll need somewhere for your guests to sit and enjoy the games. You can go for traditional arcade seating, like stools or benches, or get creative with bean bags, couches, or even inflatable chairs. The possibilities are endless!

Once you have all your equipment, it’s time to start setting up your arcade games room. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your new space:

  1. Choose a convenient location: Your arcade games room should be easy to access and preferably close to power outlets. You want your guests to avoid tripping over cords or struggling to find a place to plug in their controllers.
  2. Create a theme: Think about what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your arcade games room. Do you want a retro vibe, with vintage arcade games and neon lights? Or maybe you prefer a more modern and sleek look, with sleek black and white decor and high-tech games. Whatever your style, make sure to carry it throughout the room to create a cohesive look.
  3. Add some extras: Don’t forget to add some extra touches to make your arcade games room truly special. Consider adding a snack bar with classic arcade snacks like popcorn, soda, and candy, or add some comfortable seating areas for players to take a break between games.
  4. Invite your friends and family: The most important part of any arcade games room is the people who enjoy it. Invite your friends and family over for a gaming party, and make sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand.

Finally, here are the top 5 arcade games every parent should have in their arcade games room: 

  1. Pac-Man: This classic arcade game, released in 1980, is still beloved by gamers today. Players control Pac-Man as he navigates a maze, collecting dots and avoiding ghosts. With its simple yet addictive gameplay, Pac-Man is a must-have for any classic arcade games room.
  2. Space Invaders: This 1978 space-themed shooter game is another classic that has stood the test of time. Players control a spaceship and must defend Earth against waves of invading aliens. With its iconic pixelated graphics and addictive gameplay, Space Invaders is a must-have for any classic arcade games room.
  3. Donkey Kong: This 1981 platformer game follows the adventures of Mario (then known as Jumpman) as he tries to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong. With its challenging levels and iconic characters, Donkey Kong is a classic arcade game that any gamer should have in their collection.
  4. Asteroids: Released in 1979, this space-themed shooter game has players control a spaceship as they blast asteroids and alien ships. With its simple yet challenging gameplay, Asteroids is a classic that’s sure to provide hours of entertainment.
  5. Galaga: This 1981 space-themed shooter game has players control a spaceship as they take on waves of alien attackers. With its challenging gameplay and iconic pixelated graphics, Galaga is a classic arcade game that’s sure to be a hit with gamers of all ages.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating the ultimate arcade games room. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just looking for a new and exciting hobby, an arcade games room can be a fun and rewarding addition to your home. Your kids, guests, and significant other will love you for it! So, get your games and gear ready, and let the gaming begin!