EightyTwo, the ‘Golden Age’ of arcade gaming

IMG_0690If you were a child in the ’80s, you probably grew up in the age of classic gaming. Going to the arcade was just part of your everyday life, whether it was after school, on the weekends, and hanging out with friends, lining up quarters on the arcade machine eagerly waiting for your turn to challenge the reigning champ of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. For me it was always Liu Kang as he took down opponents with the flying bicycle kick.

EightyTwo (or 82) is a new venue that brings back that classic arcade gaming experience, with a nicely stocked bar added too, at the Arts District area of Los Angeles. This is not your parent’s arcade hangout. It features a fully restored and playable arcade and pinball machines from the 1960s to the 1990s. You’ll find well known arcade games like Space Invaders, Centipede, Mortal Kombat II and Street Fighter II (that plays over a projector for everyone to see). You will also find other arcade machines like Tempest, TRON, Lunar Lander, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Galaga and The Simpsons just to name a few. With most machines only costing a few quarters to play, what’s not to like?

IMG_0696You have an outside patio in between the arcade and pinball machine room where you can just relax with friends over a few drinks from the bar. All the games you’re playing have little built-in side tables that hold your drinks. Yeah, it’s not anything like the arcades you and I grew up with. Did I mention they have a DJ? Because they do. So take a step back into time, bring your friends, bring some quarters, and get your game on!

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James likes racing games, puzzle games, and building computers. By day he works as a systems administrator, by night he is a writer. He likes to be comical and open to new ideas and technology.