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Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Britnostalgic » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:47 am

I recently found this one in Wales, a few miles from Aberystwyth. The guy was really nice and showed me around, he also showed me some arcade machines that were nearly 40 years old.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Megamixer » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:58 am

Do you mean the seafront style amusements? There's loads down south Devon that I always pop into when I'm down there. Shame that there aren't any totally dedicated to arcade machines though (those are the types you mean right?) - just loads of money-stealing UFO grabbers and such.
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by resident paul » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:00 pm

There loads in Blackpool & dotted around in different towns which have bowling allys & cinemas.
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Kilb » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:23 pm

Please try visiting Sheerness (my hometown) and Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey (north Kent). Leysown is more of a seaonal resort though.

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Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:57 pm

If you're up for the 8,000 mile trek, there's a few good ones in Florida.

The best one was a three-storey McDonald's, with the top two floors being arcades! One floor of "modern" stuff, and one floor of "retro" stuff.

Plus, you know they have McPizza over there? And free refills on drinks?

Just thought you'd be interested. Dunno, we're speaking almost ten years ago now...
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by The Master » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:49 pm

So where is it? Looks a bit like Aber. Best place for old machines is Poland though, for sure. I had a sex wee.
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by The Master » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:50 pm

Just actually read your post - always a good plan. So, where? Borth?
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Sureshot » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:09 pm

I've been to that place, think it might be Tywyn? They used to have another arcade down the road called The Buccaneer (had Football Champ, Roadblasters and such when I was last in there). Haven't been there in years so no idea if it's still there.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by PacSuit » Thu Nov 12, 2009 4:16 pm

Swansea has a few arcades, some who update their games, some who have the exact same machine, when I was 5, and some who threw machines out all together, and changed it all to slot machines, which I don't understand why, since we have a Casino located in the party street district.

There's one called The Carousel, which I consider the Arcade that raised me. But just like most things when you get older, it changes. There are only four arcade machines now, with only one remaining, which is a Rave Racer machine. If this goes, then there goes the arcade I grew up with. The many hours I would play Track n Field, Bomberman and Outrun with my sister and dad. God damn those Slot Machines.

Another one is located in the bowling alley, the arcade where I introduced to 3D gaming. This was the arcade where the teenagers would go. I never would play games there, since everything was so.....Big. But after awhile, a Tekken 3 machine appealed to me, and I started to play along with games like House Of The Dead, and Daytona USA with my dad. These days, it's still a big arcade, but with the generation these days, the arcade games are mostly broken or don't work. Also, it's not worth the prices. £1 for three lives in House Of The Dead 4....Screw that, I can play this for cheaper and more lifes in the next arcade.

Another one was called Marina Amusements, as you can tell, was located by a Marina. There were games like X-men, Suzuka 8 Hours, Virtua Cop, and lots more, another arcade for me and my dad. These days, it's starting to fill up with slot machines, but it still has more than Carousel. and it still has the Sega Rally 2 machine there, which I love. The best thing about this Arcade is that the games that Carousel replace with slot machines, this arcade picks up, and lets you play them for cheap. My dad was wondering what happened to House Of The Dead 4 and Battle Gear 4.

There are two more arcades in the Mumbles area, with an arcade called Tivoli, and one located at Mumbles Pier, but I haven't been there in a few years. What I've been told is that Tivoli hasn't changed it's games since 2001, and Mumbles pier is filling up with Slot Machines.

Swansea isn't much of a gaming town anymore, when I was little, there were tons of game shops, but now, it's only Game, Gamestation, and a market-based shop called Console Action. and with Arcades turning into Slot amusements, gaming isn't that big anymore around here.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Britnostalgic » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:01 pm

It's in Borth... near the Animalarium. Can't miss it.

As a side note, I've been begging the owner of a local chippy near where I live for their UN Squadron arcade machine for years now, and even left my number with him on several occasions. He had a problem with his computer recently and I helped him recover loads of files his wife accidently deleted. Anyway, I also helped him with a few other computer related problems, and he phoned me up today out of the blue, and said that I could have the UN Squadron arcade machine... as he needed to get rid woo-hoo!

It's about 20 years old, and I've been playing it for over 15 :lol: Just goes to show, good things come to those that wait. Just waiting on Star Wars and Outrun arcade machines now.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by oli_lar » Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:47 am

The Master wrote:So where is it? Looks a bit like Aber. Best place for old machines is Poland though, for sure. I had a sex wee.
I was surprised by the amount of decent arcade machines in the couple of arcades I visited over there - mostly neo geo multi cabs, but still great.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by PacSuit » Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:13 am

Britnostalgic wrote:It's in Borth... near the Animalarium. Can't miss it.

As a side note, I've been begging the owner of a local chippy near where I live for their UN Squadron arcade machine for years now, and even left my number with him on several occasions. He had a problem with his computer recently and I helped him recover loads of files his wife accidently deleted. Anyway, I also helped him with a few other computer related problems, and he phoned me up today out of the blue, and said that I could have the UN Squadron arcade machine... as he needed to get rid woo-hoo!

It's about 20 years old, and I've been playing it for over 15 :lol: Just goes to show, good things come to those that wait. Just waiting on Star Wars and Outrun arcade machines now.
I'm thinking about doing the same thing with the Rave Racer machine at The Carousel, there is no way i'm letting this machine get thrown out to the dump, to be replaced by a slot machine.

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by Doddsy » Fri Nov 13, 2009 10:53 am

Sureshot wrote:I've been to that place, think it might be Tywyn? They used to have another arcade down the road called The Buccaneer (had Football Champ, Roadblasters and such when I was last in there). Haven't been there in years so no idea if it's still there.
If its the one near Barmouth then I wouldn't bother went there this Summer and I'm afraid its just Fruit Machines now! :cry:

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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by RMLF » Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:56 pm

I so need an arcade machine!!!! no space..


I Tell where used to be excellent, was Weston Pier, just before the refit had a good mix of everything inc track and field to the latest afterburner.. They re did it it then Burnt Down guttted


Waht i want is a converted 4 player Wrestlefest /turtles cab, no space so isnt going to happen:(
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Re: Amusement Arcades, where are they?

Post by TheBoingoBandit » Sat Nov 14, 2009 5:28 pm

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:Plus, you know they have McPizza over there?


They had McPizza over here for a while.


Plus hot dogs! :D

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