RetroNick: Games Collector // Retro Gaming Road Trip
Retro Gaming Road Trip
Back in July, some friends of my wife and I (*edit: It was actually RNR cohost Ben), were married and the two of us stood in their wedding. On the way there, we came up with a meticulous site-seeing tour that covered Salem Massachusetts, Intercourse (heh heh heh), Pennsylvania, the oldest hamburger joint in the country and other interesting stuff. Beyond the typical site seeing fare however, we also marked some incredible retro gaming locales down in our travel itinerary.
These stores and attractions are so massive that cramming them all into one post would not do them justice. Therefore, over the next few weeks I’ll be detailing such exotic retro games paradises as:
This stop was not on my list originally. In fact, I had never heard of this shop until I found myself walking in and seeing piles of old games in mint and near-mint condition. Along with the only boxed Neo Geo AES I’ve ever seen in person. Sadly, they don’t have a website where you can purchase from them directly, but if you find yourself in the area you owe it to yourself to go in and have a look.
The infamous homebase of the Digitpress.com retro gaming forums and the “North Atlantic Videogame Aficionados” monthly gathering. Not only do they have a working SuperGrafx on display under glass, butJames Rolfe (The Angry Video Game Nerd), has been known to drop in from time to time.
Fun Spot Arcade: Laconia New Hampshire
I also visited an assload of Goodwill’s between here and New Hampshire. While none of these really stand out, I will detail some of the sweet shit I managed to score while there.Gamer or not, Fun Spot is one place you need to go before you die.
Not only is it the largest arcade in the world, it’s also a functioning retro-arcade museum! They have a working Space Harrier machine that actually throws you around like a rag doll! Why the hell aren’t I there now?
Starting at the end of this week I’ll talk about my trip to Game Zone with a huge photo gallery and information about the joint. Next I’ll go into Digital Press and explain why it’s so important to the retro gaming community (if for no other reason than their incredible forums). And finally we’ll take a ride through the largest arcade in the world. It’s going to be a fun trip through memory lane.