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Fathers' Day @ The Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo

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22 Jun 2015 16:39 #204777 by Michael Barnes

Inside a new Atlanta video game and pinball convention.

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22 Jun 2015 16:48 #204778 by ChristopherMD
This sounds awesome. I'm going to have to look and see if anything like it comes to my area.

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22 Jun 2015 17:17 #204784 by Hex Sinister
Great read, thanks for sharing. Now if only my stomach could handle hot sauce lol...

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22 Jun 2015 17:47 #204788 by Gary Sax
"It’s like this ozone smell of hot electronics enclosed in wood."

Yes!

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22 Jun 2015 19:38 #204795 by ubarose
Wow! That sounds amazing! What a perfect Father's Day. Well, except for the sick baby. Hope she is feeling better now.
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22 Jun 2015 20:18 #204796 by Black Barney
In this article, I learned that River is actually a boy. I don't know why I thought you had two girls this entire time.

Awesome article and pics, thanks!

btw is Scarlett better? You can't open with a kid having a high fever and not let worried empathetic parents know she's better now by the end!

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22 Jun 2015 20:47 #204797 by logopolys
That's sounds pretty awesome. There are a ton of good vintage arcade boxes from that list that I would have loved to have tried. Good to here that Sinistar was out there. I'm curious if the old Doctor Who pinball machine was in attendance: i.imgur.com/y09CMv5.jpg

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22 Jun 2015 21:50 #204799 by Michael Barnes
Not just one my friend- two of 'em. And it's a favorite so I had to put in a turn on both.

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22 Jun 2015 23:07 #204804 by iguanaDitty
This makes me want to look up the pinball museum that's supposed to exist somewhere in/near Baltimore. Thanks for the writeup, sounds fantastic.

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23 Jun 2015 00:07 #204805 by Not Sure
Fix-it Felix machines were built as a tie-in for the film.

They had a couple of them stuck in the Disneyland arcade during the theater run, all set to free play. It was very well done, felt just like a lost classic.

We don't have any sudden flash expos that I'm aware of, but there's a couple of retro arcades in town. We took my kids to the more family-oriented one and they had a blast. Gauntlet was the big winner that night.

I also wrecked my wrists playing R-Type. Those old consoles are just ergonomically brutal. I think I'm permanently damaged from childhood.

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23 Jun 2015 09:57 #204822 by Dr. Mabuse
That sounded like a phenomenal day.

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23 Jun 2015 11:38 #204823 by engineer Al
I am green with nostalgic envy. Especially the part about the Firepower table. Probably my favorite all time pinball game. I do think that arcades are more fun when you pay per game, rather than an overall entry fee. It makes each ball/life feel more important and therefore makes everything more exciting. Jealous, nonetheless. . .

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23 Jun 2015 12:07 #204826 by OldHippy
Great write up, it definitely made me jealous as well and it invoked the feel of an 80's arcade quite well... or at least a nostalgic tribute to one. I really want to go back in time now and re-visit the arcades of my youth.

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24 Jun 2015 00:47 #204857 by Dr. Mabuse

Michael Barnes wrote: It’s like this ozone smell of hot electronics enclosed in wood.

That shit should be bottled and sold as cologne.
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26 Jun 2015 01:19 - 26 Jun 2015 01:54 #204973 by Mr. White
Sounds like a great father's day, and with how guarded you've been in the past, I can only assume those photos are of someone else's kid. ;)
(How'd you get that photo of River playing pinball? It's great!, but shouldn't there be a machine back in that angle?)

My son is also a huge fan of retro-gaming. We have this place, Pinballz Kingdom, about 15 mins from the house that specializes in old-school pinball and arcade cabinets. We hit it up with a stack of randomly collected/found quarters about once a month (then head over for a Dan's burger and shake across the street).

His mom got him a book on the early history of video games, so he's always dropping little trivia bits when we play which is cute. I've wondered if him playing in the world of our nostalgia robs him of his own generation's offerings, but when I looking around I stopped worrying. Outside of the home consoles, all the new video games seem to either be timed racers, gun/rail shooters, or those various garbage machines that spit out tickets. Nothing doing there.

Whenever we go to a place that supposedly has 'arcade' games we look for the one or two retro machines tucked in the back (usually Pac-Man, Mrs. Pac-man, or Galaga are on hand...seems like there was a big run on Mrs. Pac-man/Galaga split machines put out sometime in the last decade...they're everywhere) and do the little thing with the quarters on the cabinet and take turns. It's a fun tradition for us.
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