I was amongst the last generation when arcades were still part of the cultural and social landscape of gaming, before coin-ups gave way to console machines. But even today kids recognize and enjoy many of the same 80's and 90's titles I wasted countless tokens upon, thanks to MAME and app conversions, with 20 and 30-somethings often packing retro-themed gaming arcade events for joystick-based competition. Now there's a service which brings the arcade machines of yesterday right to your doorstep...
Think of All You Can Arcade as Netflix, except instead of little red envelopes being delivered for recipients to enjoy for a limited time, this gaming service ships full-sized arcade cabinet machine directly to homes for members to enjoy, surprisingly all without delivery charge tagged on. In regards to party entertainment ideas, this seems almost as cool as a slot car birthday party, for both little and big kids alike. If you need a reminder of how fun arcades once were, let me refresh your memory.
All You Can Arcade charges $75 for one month of free play for each machine (don't be shady and tell friends quarters are required!), with the selection of games available dependent upon location. For example, searching here in Los Angeles brought back zero available machines to rent, but near the SF Bay area headquarters there are over 100 different games to choose from with new titles added each month, ranging from adventure, racing, sports, shooters and RPG machines.
Those seeking to rent more than one machine at one time can sign-up for higher tier memberships of $150/month (two machines) or $225/month (three machines), with all three membership levels levels including free pickup and delivery, plus the ability to swap games for different ones each month.
If "making" is preferable to "renting", be sure to revisit our past post about DIYing your own arcade cabinet machines for inspiration...some of the machines are small enough to sit on top of a kitchen counter, while others require their own room.
(Image: Blake Patterson/Creative Commons; All You Can Arcade; Gregory Han)