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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).

We're a fine bunch for our zombie outing!

We’re a fine bunch for our zombie outing!

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?

  1. They are all on iOS
  2. They are all on Android
  3. They are all on other platforms
  4. 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.

StackerMachine

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!

6 responses

  1. Oh my god… I’m still recovering…

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    November 2, 2015 at 9:25 am

    • Haha, it was a brilliant weekend. Once more: thanks for inviting us. We loved it!

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      November 2, 2015 at 9:38 am

  2. Looks like a really fun day out! The “latest video games” photo made me laugh.

    I always relish the chance to play arcade games, especially the old school ones. We sometimes go to the pier at Teignmouth to play the arcade games there. I believe there’s also a pretty good “Timewarp” arcade in Bridgwater now although I haven’t been to it myself.

    The holy grail is the Computerspielemuseum in Berlin where you can play loads of retro games and arcade machines. We went during our Germany trip earlier this year and it was amazing: if you ever get the chance I highly recommend visiting.

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    November 2, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    • Honestly, latest video games and they’re still on Guitar Hero 3. At LEAST give us World Tour! But still, the whole day was a lot of fun. We don’t have any arcades here in Bristol (none worth shouting home about anyway), so it’s always an exciting day out to me!

      Ooh! That sounds like a lot of fun and Germany is one of the countries I do intend to visit some day. That will be on my go-to list for Germany, so thank you for that ^_^ I had no idea!

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      November 3, 2015 at 12:43 am

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