Stride Gum Is Out To Save An Arcade (Or Two)

Stride Gum, makers of those commercials that seem to follow me everywhere, is offering $25,000 to an arcade on the verge of closing after already shelling out $10,000 to save the Philadelphia-based Challenge Arcade last week.

The company has selected four independent arcades eligible for the prize money and left the result up to a competition. All you have to do is visit their Save The Arcades site and play Zapataur, "the most highly anticipated game in the history of time for arcade gaming enthusiasts." Then you'll be asked to allocate points to one of four arcades and the one with the most points by October 6 wins the money.

Here are the four arcades up for a Stride Gum bailout:

* Arcade UFO in Austin, Texas – A unique blend of classic arcade games and rare Japanese titles
* Game Galaxy in Nashville, Tennessee – Proud owners of the most coin-operated pinball machines in Tennessee
* Starbase Arcade in San Rafael, CA – Marin County's first video arcade, operating for more than 25 years
* Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL – A "living time capsule of video games," operating for nearly 25 years