Donate Some Cash to Help Classic Arcade Titles Enter Video Game Valhalla

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Those of us that remember them still miss the arcade emporiums of yore, even is they reeked of cigarette smoke and too much body odor in too small a space. That era's long gone but the American Classic Arcade Museum, located in New Hampshire's Funspot arcade, remains one place where folks can lay hands on the glorious stand-up coin-operated machines of the past.

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Yet, as substantial as ACAM's collection is, the institution doesn't have every stand-up arcade game ever made. When private collectors unload their stock of old-school cabinets, there's a chance for the museum to beef up their inventory. One such opportunity's happening right now, with back-in-the-day games Space Dungeon, Mad Planets, Solar Fox, Discs of Tron and Black Widow being offered to sale for ACAM. However, the museum's a on-profit organization is coming up just short of half of the $3,650 asking price. So, they're turning to gamers and old-school arcade enthusiasts to make up the difference. If you want to help those dusty quarter-munchers find a good home, you can visit the ACAM homepage and make a donation via the ChipIn widget found there. Who knows, if you're ever in New Hampshire, you can drop by FunSpot and the American Classic Arcade Museum and say hello to some old friends.

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twistedsymphony
twistedsymphony

A someone who lives and works near FunSpot I have a hard time believing that they can't come up with $3600 for a few cabinets, they're easily one of, if not the most profitable business in the Weirs Beach area. In addition to the arcade they have an airplane hanger sized bingo hall, a large bowling ally, a restaurant, a sports bar, minigolf course, and the only in-door virtual golf I can think of.

I love arcades, I used to work repairing machines, I own a few cabinets, and if I ever travel anywhere I try to visit any area arcades, I even went to Vegas for the grand opening of the Pinball Museum [www.pinballmuseum.org] (which is awesome by the way). FunSpot used to be JUST an arcade and it was an awesome arcade, but in the 90s when arcades started dying out they stopped buying new machines, and started downsizing their arcade space to make room for that sports bar and the virtual golf, and all those other more profitable attractions. Maybe by square footage of their facility they're the "largest arcade" but I'd venture a guess that if you actually only counted what was dedicated to traditional arcade machines they're not. To be perfectly honest I'd rather go to the boardwalk arcades right on Weirs beach, they're only open in the summer but I feel like they have a better selection and their machines are typically in better condition. Either that or the new Pinball Wizard in southern NH [www.pinballwizardarcade.com] Which, while smaller, seems much more dedicated to delivering a quality classic arcade experience.