Friday, March 4, 2016
Time Travel to the 80s at Arkadia Retrocade.
When I was putting together our epic road trip, I gave Hunter some options. No, she didn't get to decide each city we'd stay in, since she's not savvy to where hotels are located. But she did get to choose the places she was most interested in visiting.
So when it came to Fayetteville and this listing, she got all stern with me and demanded we go to Arkadia Retrocade. It was added to the itinerary.
We were going to Arkadia Retrocade.
and suddenly it hit me... here's a child of the 21st century, whose previous exposure to video games had been on a laptop computer or phone. The idea of a video game console, like a wall-mounted telephone or an eight track tape player, was foreign.
Well, almost foreign. After all, Hunter's favorite films are those of the Back to the Future trilogy.
Now, Arkadia Retrocade has been around about three and a half years ago. Opened October 15th of 2012, it's become a great place to lose yourself in the 1980s.
Sounds very, very simple. And it is. I mean, really simple.
But there was more. After her initial shock and awe of so many games in one place, we sat down on a red couch and grabbed joysticks to experience the original home gaming experience - Atari. The collection of games is substantial, with dozens to choose from (including Pitfall, an old favorite of mine!).
Everything about Arkadia Retrocade screams 80s, or at least a version of it we all seem to be grasping at. There are posters from movies and TV shows from the period, and the music overhead is tinged with 80s riffs, but it's Daft Punk and Com Truise instead of Duran Duran and Culture Club. It's like a hazy memory of those great times.
We spent three hours in the arcade, pretty much killing our opportunity of doing anything else this particular Thursday night, but it didn't matter. The two things that finally convinced us it was time to go were our growling bellies, and once we were dining on pizza at Wood Stone Craft Pizza the exhaustion caught up to us.
Learn more at the arcade's Facebook page.