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      Will be interesting to see how this new retro arcade in Perth fares:

      Those susceptible to nostalgia trips have been warned, this time warp will hit hard.

      More than 100 retro gaming machines from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s will be dusted off and powered on when the Palace Arcade launches in Northbridge next month.

      Among them will be classics including Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Defender and Space Invaders, sitting proudly alongside dozens of other popular favourites and all available to play.

      Owner Saran Bajaj said the “barcade”, which will also serve cocktails, craft beer and food, played on nostalgia.

      “It’s paying tribute to a different time,” he said.

      “It’s a time warp. I’m 32 and some of these machines are older than I am.

      “Some kids don’t even realise there was a time before flat screens. They ask ‘how do I play online?’

      “There really is beauty in simplicity. These machines didn’t need to have 10 buttons to be engaging.”

      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.
      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      The music promoter bought his first classic machine - a Taito-manufactured Space Invaders - seven years ago.

      He said he played arcade games as a kid and always wanted to buy one, enthralled by the art and creativity that went into making them.

      Over the coming years Mr Bajaj continued to add to his collection.

      “I had loads of people messaging me wanting to come and play them or have me host their birthday parties,” he said.

      X-Men side-scroller.
      X-Men side-scroller.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      Twelve months ago he decided to turn his hobby into a business, partnering with his brother to open the new arcade.

      He is now just waiting on the final paperwork before he would reveal the location and opening date.

      The rumour is that it will open at Dominion League’s Beaufort Street premises, which is shutting up shop on August 4.

      The new gaming bar should open in the second or third week of August.

      “People have stopped going out because all the entertainment is there on their phones,” Mr Bajaj said.

      “The idea is for people to come here, play some games, have some food and a drink and have a good time.”

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      Quote Originally Posted by BlackWidow View Post
      Will be interesting to see how this new retro arcade in Perth fares:

      Those susceptible to nostalgia trips have been warned, this time warp will hit hard.

      More than 100 retro gaming machines from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s will be dusted off and powered on when the Palace Arcade launches in Northbridge next month.

      Among them will be classics including Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Defender and Space Invaders, sitting proudly alongside dozens of other popular favourites and all available to play.

      Owner Saran Bajaj said the “barcade”, which will also serve cocktails, craft beer and food, played on nostalgia.

      “It’s paying tribute to a different time,” he said.

      “It’s a time warp. I’m 32 and some of these machines are older than I am.

      “Some kids don’t even realise there was a time before flat screens. They ask ‘how do I play online?’

      “There really is beauty in simplicity. These machines didn’t need to have 10 buttons to be engaging.”

      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.
      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      The music promoter bought his first classic machine - a Taito-manufactured Space Invaders - seven years ago.

      He said he played arcade games as a kid and always wanted to buy one, enthralled by the art and creativity that went into making them.

      Over the coming years Mr Bajaj continued to add to his collection.

      “I had loads of people messaging me wanting to come and play them or have me host their birthday parties,” he said.

      X-Men side-scroller.
      X-Men side-scroller.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      Twelve months ago he decided to turn his hobby into a business, partnering with his brother to open the new arcade.

      He is now just waiting on the final paperwork before he would reveal the location and opening date.

      The rumour is that it will open at Dominion League’s Beaufort Street premises, which is shutting up shop on August 4.

      The new gaming bar should open in the second or third week of August.

      “People have stopped going out because all the entertainment is there on their phones,” Mr Bajaj said.

      “The idea is for people to come here, play some games, have some food and a drink and have a good time.”
      This guy is among a few taking the plunge:

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      He did a letterbox drop in the local area and has been going for a while now, surviving in an industrial area.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mick80 View Post
      This guy is among a few taking the plunge:

      20180807_222131.jpg20180807_222121.jpg

      He did a letterbox drop in the local area and has been going for a while now, surviving in an industrial area.
      I think it's a great way of reactivating these light industrial zones on the edge of town that, in some cases, have become an eyesore and are not being used.

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      New perth one is palace arcade going in the old dominion bar site
      you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mick80 View Post
      This guy is among a few taking the plunge:

      20180807_222131.jpg20180807_222121.jpg

      He did a letterbox drop in the local area and has been going for a while now, surviving in an industrial area.
      I went into this place a while back as I live around the area, it's been up for a few months. It is very small and tucked away in the back streets of an industrial area. Great place considering it is pretty much the only good arcade in the entire area, the last arcade here, mind you, closing nearly a decade ago. Got a genuine MT3 machine and Time Crisis 3, but the classic games in there are all on MAME machines. Far superior to the one in Warriewood Cinemas, which is a dilapidated dump, and Dee Why Zone Bowling has too few decent games.

      A guy in Newtown I know runs one of those arcade/bar hybrids, its called 1989 and it's got a few retro machines, an original TMNT and NBA Jam are in there etc.

      Going back to brookvale, with one of those new Iplays soon to be opening at Warringah Mall next door you'd hope that this little establishment would survive, but I don't see him staying in business for long after that opens up.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Laptop View Post
      I went into this place a while back as I live around the area, it's been up for a few months. It is very small and tucked away in the back streets of an industrial area. Great place considering it is pretty much the only good arcade in the entire area, the last arcade here, mind you, closing nearly a decade ago. Got a genuine MT3 machine and Time Crisis 3, but the classic games in there are all on MAME machines. Far superior to the one in Warriewood Cinemas, which is a dilapidated dump, and Dee Why Zone Bowling has too few decent games.

      A guy in Newtown I know runs one of those arcade/bar hybrids, its called 1989 and it's got a few retro machines, an original TMNT and NBA Jam are in there etc.

      Going back to brookvale, with one of those new Iplays soon to be opening at Warringah Mall next door you'd hope that this little establishment would survive, but I don't see him staying in business for long after that opens up.
      Too right mate I can't see his business booming and both Dad and I take guesses on whether he won the lotto or something. Dad will often come through Brooky late at night and see all the lights blazing and people in there.

      I've been meaning to make the trek to 1989 but living out in the central west it's a bit much to make it into Newtown.

      The best arcade I remember in the area was the Dee Why laundromat off Oaks Ave. I'm not sure when it closed but I remember at least 20 machines in there with all the clothes driers and washing machines running and the old lady owner just sitting there with a lunch box full of gold coins waiting for a kid to come up and trade in his silver (or note) and have a crack at MK or street fighter. Great times for competitive play with people you'd never met before, some of whom could easily get the shits and roll you if you caned them too much.

      Funnily enough it's all full circle stuff for Warringah Mall, they had a dedicated arcade next to Hoyts not too long ago and it didn't work out for them.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BlackWidow View Post
      Will be interesting to see how this new retro arcade in Perth fares:

      Those susceptible to nostalgia trips have been warned, this time warp will hit hard.

      More than 100 retro gaming machines from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s will be dusted off and powered on when the Palace Arcade launches in Northbridge next month.

      Among them will be classics including Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Defender and Space Invaders, sitting proudly alongside dozens of other popular favourites and all available to play.

      Owner Saran Bajaj said the “barcade”, which will also serve cocktails, craft beer and food, played on nostalgia.

      “It’s paying tribute to a different time,” he said.

      “It’s a time warp. I’m 32 and some of these machines are older than I am.

      “Some kids don’t even realise there was a time before flat screens. They ask ‘how do I play online?’

      “There really is beauty in simplicity. These machines didn’t need to have 10 buttons to be engaging.”

      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.
      Daytona USA and Sega Rally.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      The music promoter bought his first classic machine - a Taito-manufactured Space Invaders - seven years ago.

      He said he played arcade games as a kid and always wanted to buy one, enthralled by the art and creativity that went into making them.

      Over the coming years Mr Bajaj continued to add to his collection.

      “I had loads of people messaging me wanting to come and play them or have me host their birthday parties,” he said.

      X-Men side-scroller.
      X-Men side-scroller.Picture: The Palace Arcade
      Twelve months ago he decided to turn his hobby into a business, partnering with his brother to open the new arcade.

      He is now just waiting on the final paperwork before he would reveal the location and opening date.

      The rumour is that it will open at Dominion League’s Beaufort Street premises, which is shutting up shop on August 4.

      The new gaming bar should open in the second or third week of August.

      “People have stopped going out because all the entertainment is there on their phones,” Mr Bajaj said.

      “The idea is for people to come here, play some games, have some food and a drink and have a good time.”
      This place sounds like it will be awesome, let us know what it's like after you've been in!

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      as someone who was an arcade junkie in the early 80s thru to the mid 90s i would say this. the 90s was only a fraction as big as the 80s in regards to the number of locations you could find arcade machines. George Street Sydney is a great example. in 1981-2 there was almost an arcade on every block. while the boom increased many of these single city arcades in less convenient locations had very short runs of 2 years or less. meanwhile the cinema strip arcades increased as they realized this was the prime location. by 86 the number of venues just on that facing block ( between Liverpool and Bathurst st ) had 8 venues to choose from. Pitt street had a 2 story TZ. Central station / Broadway had 3 along George street. Haymarket had 2 i can remember. The Milk bar Arcade phenomena also kicked of in the early 80s, it also hit it's peak around 85-86. fast forward 3-4 years and the number of these venues drops to like a 3rd. Many of those suburban milk bars also got rid of their machines by this time too. The so call 90s fighting boom didn't produce more arcades, Sega world the exception. After that 91-94 boom...when these poncy ticket games ( IMO those Dance machines also belong in that column...IMO ) arrived on mass, it telegraphed the end of Arcades IMO.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 80sOgre View Post
      as someone who was an arcade junkie in the early 80s thru to the mid 90s i would say this. the 90s was only a fraction as big as the 80s in regards to the number of locations you could find arcade machines. George Street Sydney is a great example. in 1981-2 there was almost an arcade on every block. while the boom increased many of these single city arcades in less convenient locations had very short runs of 2 years or less. meanwhile the cinema strip arcades increased as they realized this was the prime location. by 86 the number of venues just on that facing block ( between Liverpool and Bathurst st ) had 8 venues to choose from. Pitt street had a 2 story TZ. Central station / Broadway had 3 along George street. Haymarket had 2 i can remember. The Milk bar Arcade phenomena also kicked of in the early 80s, it also hit it's peak around 85-86. fast forward 3-4 years and the number of these venues drops to like a 3rd. Many of those suburban milk bars also got rid of their machines by this time too. The so call 90s fighting boom didn't produce more arcades, Sega world the exception. After that 91-94 boom...when these poncy ticket games ( IMO those Dance machines also belong in that column...IMO ) arrived on mass, it telegraphed the end of Arcades IMO.
      Cheers mate. Good times.

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      Quote Originally Posted by 80sOgre View Post
      by 86 the number of venues just on that facing block ( between Liverpool and Bathurst st ) had 8 venues to choose from. Pitt street had a 2 story TZ.
      I remember that two story Timezone on Pitt St. I spent most of my arcade gaming on George st Timezone and Galaxy World. They were full of fighters in the 90s, mostly dominated by asians who always seemed to kick ass especially on Tekken


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