Geek Culture At The Seaside
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside~
Oh I do like to be beside the ARCADE MACHINES!
This past weekend was Halloween – I hope you all had a great fun time. Myself, my partner and our friend Kim from 1001Up and her partner went to a zombie prom which was a lot of fun. We saw some amazing outfits and once again my costume plans did not go accordingly. I’m going to continue that one, so watch this space over the coming weeks. However, Oskar came out of retirement for the millionth time (He basically was never in retirement, he needs the money to get to France).
An oft-forgotten pastime of British summer is to head on out to the seaside. But we’re geeks, so this past Sunday day time, the four of us decided to go to Southend-On-Sea’s piers (after getting through a great breakfast to soak up the previous nights booze). We decided we wanted to have a look about, go in the arcades (primarily) and just enjoy a day out. Lo and behold, we went into the arcades and as I suspected, geek culture truly has been on the rise in recent years.
Our American brothers and sisters are more than catered for when it comes to arcades. But us Brits don’t have much – For us in the South-West, we sort of go to Weston-Super-Mare primarily. A great fun day out, to be sure, but it’s not exactly brimming with geeky goodness. However, when we went over to Southend-On-Sea’s piers, we realised that we were in the middle of what feels to be a rise in Arcades and indeed geek culture in there.
Cut The Rope, Flappy Bird, Doodle Jump and Crossy Road. What do these four video game titles have in common?
- They are all on iOS
- They are all on Android
- They are all on other platforms
- They all have an arcade machine
Did that last one surprise you? Possibly not due to the title of this article, but yes: They all have arcade machines. Couple this with DDR still going strong in the arcades, Pac-Man still being around with newer, greater game modes (as well as an all-out air-hockey game) and of course Guitar Hero is quite a staple of arcades now-a-days. Yes, Time Crisis is still going in these gamer havens and to make matters even better: Even the Stacker machines knew its target audience.
If you and I were to have gone to the arcades a few years back, we’d have seen loads of 2p and 10p machines, as well as firing water at little duck figures. We’d have seen lots of strange (but ultimately fun) machines. The fact of the matter remains however, geek culture is seeping out of the realms of video games and are being ported over to the arcades, which is a really fun prospect. When we got there, we immediately set to work getting tickets.
Lo and behold, for those of you who attend the GeekOut Meetups and also read this website, we earned 680+ points (after several iterations of me finding even more stuffed inside of my pockets). Originally, we thought we would get some giant Minions Playing Cards, but for 650, there was a brand new board game waiting for us. As a spoiler – It’s in our gallery below.
Do you think it’s a good thing that geek culture is being properly represented in arcades, or do you feel that it’s just money pinching? Is there a need for arcades these days, or are people just clinging to the past? What’s your views on it all? Let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter and chat with us – Join the conversation!