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Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:18 pm
by epicarcadeproject
Hi all, Barry from Epic Arcade Project here - . Just wanted to tell you all about a project a buddy and I are trying to get off the ground.

A Classic Gaming Arcade of Epic Proportions
Build it and they will come. That's what they say. We want to build an arcade in the UK. An Epic Arcade. Like the ones still thriving in Japan to this day. We'll have classic games. New games. Pinball machines. Consoles. Free-play events. Tournaments. Cocktail cabinets. Gaming booths. Streamed gaming marathons. World Record High Score events. Homebrew/indie gaming events. Cabinet building workshops. Cabinet hire. And everything else in-between. Oh, and did we mention that we plan to have over 200 playable machines at any given time, with an additional stock of Jamma boards so we can rotate through our game offerings on a regular basis. Epic.

We don't just want to setup a videogame arcade. We want to create a legacy. A legacy to everything that was great about arcades back in the 80's and 90's. Growing up in Blackpool (England, UK) I was constantly exposed to the latest and greatest arcade game sensations as soon as they hit the streets. Blackpool was a mecca for gamers - rows of arcades along the seafront offering everything a young gamer could ask for. But it was more than that, more than playing the new games before any else. It was the buzz. The thrill. The excitement of setting a new highscore and proudly putting your initials on top of the leaderboard whilst a group of people stood behind you in silent awe. And that's what we want to recreate. The adrenalin rush. Social interaction. Meeting new friends (real ones, not faceless people you spend hours chatting to online!). The buzz of setting a new record or beating a new-found-friend on your favourite fighting game.

Being based in Scotland there's only one practical place to open this arcade and that is the country's capital, Edinburgh. Why Edinburgh? We want to attract gamers from all around the world, not just people living locally. Edinburgh is a thriving tourist destination and we want to maximise that exposure so that as many people as possible can enjoy what we plan to create.

Funding permitting, we plan to secure a 3-storey building within the bounds of the city centre of Edinburgh. We have huge plans for our vision, and you can follow progress on our project website at where we will keep you updated as things develop, including sourcing machines, architect drawings, artist impressions, and so forth. You can even enter polls to suggest games, and there will be a final, all-important competition to have the honour of naming our arcade from a narrowed-down list of suggestions.

Will the Games Cost Me to Play?
A set fee to get in, then it's all free-play central from there on in. That's 200+ cabinets, pinball galore, loads of consoles and games, and plenty of other goodies to satisfy your gaming needs. Arcade will be open for a minimum of 12 hours every single day.

East Meets West
Whilst there will be a large focus on classic videogames, we also want to recreate the buzz and excitement that is still thriving in the arcades in Japan. Multi-storey arcade-plexes, bursting at the seams with machines and gamers hanging out, socialising, and having fun. So we're going to have a nice mix of some of the newer games on the market, ranging from classic shooters from developer Cave, to some of the more obscure Japanese-only machines out there.

Why Should I Get Excited About This Project and Donate to it? (you can donate here - )

Good question. Here is just a taster of what we'll have available in our arcade:
Over 200 playable arcade machines
A dozen pinball machines
Gaming memoribilia
Aracde machines hooked up to giant screens around the arcade
Consoles to play in our comfy couch area
Booths available for you and your mates to game together on a cocktail cabinet
Highscore leaderboards for both the arcade highscores and world record holders
Gaming marathon sessions which will be streamed live on the internet
World record attempts
Homwbrew/indie gaming events
Swap shops
Machine hire
VIP free-play room hire for events
Talks from game designers and developers, lectures, workshops, gaming documentary viewings, game-influenced DJ sets
Late night sessions
A fully immersive VR machine (Lawnmower man anyone?) - assuming we can track one down which is proving mighty difficult!
Influence other gaming projects, such as our ambition to build a 48-player networkable version of the classic game Bomberman, or a 4-player remake of Smash TV - to name but a few
Be part of something special, to tell people you helped make this happen, that you were there from the beginning

The Impact
To reignite the passion of the arcades of yesteryear. To prove to the world that arcades are the home of videogames, not fruit machines. To be the industry leader in a new wave of videogame arcades across the globe, and encourage similar projects around the world.

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:56 pm
by Antiriad2097
epicarcadeproject wrote:Where?
Being based in Scotland there's only one practical place to open this arcade and that is the country's capital, Edinburgh.
Well that's (almost) the best news I've had today. Not exactly on my doorstep but I've always said that if there were to be a retro convention up here the ideal place is Edinburgh as its best served for travel links and is a nice place to visit as a tourist beyond the gaming.

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:59 pm
I didn't read all of that but I get the gist - What a great idea - It really would be good to see some classic arcades back in the UK

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:25 am
by Rygarman
I REALLY hope this happens... what a shame that the arcade scene dies... it was an amazing time to be part of and i am pretty sure kids today would still love it, even though the games don't look as sophisticated as their Xboxes.... Its the experience of the machines themselves as well as the games... the sounds, the buzz.
I would suggest not to do free play though. There was something great about trying to make a 10p last you for as long as possible, and with unlimited continues on many games, some of the machines would end up being dominated and impossible to get a go of.... just an idea. You could still charge a small entrance fee.
Good luck with it...
oh, and please get a Rygar machine !!
(I'm in Scotland so GREAT !! haha)

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:45 am
by fredghostmaster
Good luck with this, hope your pockets are deep!

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:16 pm
by Freespirit
Great idea, hope it does well. I'll be visiting for sure!

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:08 pm
by bobturnip
Fantastic. i cant believe this hasnt been done by someone yet. My 12 year old son loves his Xbox. But he also loves retro games, and often asks about my memories of arcades. I have promised him a special trip to Scotland (from the south of England), specifically to visit this arcade if/when it opens. If you build it, we will come !

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:36 am
by Phoenix
The kickstarter site is now live for this project, and it needs your pledges to get going.

£17 will get you 2 day passes to the arcade if and when it opens, but as well as your cash the project also needs your support in terms of promotion, so blog, tweet and pass the word along.

Get on over to the web site now and make this happen! I'm not personally involved in the project, I just think it could be the start of something big for retro arcade fans.

Re: Epic Arcade Project

Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2012 5:18 am
by psj3809
Hmmmm i do wish them all the best with that but that amount of money and asking in December when everyones buying presents is probably not the best time.

Thats a lot of money ! I dont know, Kickstarter was such a great idea a while back and now it seems like its being used for everything. I mean say he got the 250k and created this place, in 5 years time if he sells up (moves away with work, has a bigger family and decides to sell it) and sells the 250k worth of arcade machines 'we' bought via kickstarter what happens ? He just keeps that profit/money ?

Or are there 'kickstarter rules' meaning if you sell up the business/sell in x amount of years people get their money back ? I dont know, just a fair few kickstarter projects seem to be 'can you pay for this so i can do it/have it' etc without having to do it myself (like the old days). No wonder they seem popular ! I dont mean to be 'bah humbug' about this (sorry !)