Retro New Year's Eve

Vic Sage’s Retro New Year’s Eve 2016!

When you work at an arcade in this day and age, a retro New Year’s Eve is to be expected, right? Over the last couple of years I have been glad to share with you the Holiday event at the Arkadia Retrocade. What better way to celebrate a retro New Year’s Eve than being surrounded by vintage games.
Retro New Year's Eve - 2016

For the many fans of the Golden Age of arcade games, this is most certainly the place to be. Especially on a New Year’s Eve. From my previous posts for the Holiday you might recall that I try to bring something special as well. I am referring of course to the vintage Kool-Aid, nay, that sweet nectar of the Gods. The Great Bluedini!

While I do in fact still possess a precious few of those Great Bluedini packs I bought 26 years ago. Like the previous year I had to turn to e*Bay for help to make sure I had enough. And let me expain that I insist on using only the vintage Kool-Aid packets to make the delicious beverage. Although having said that…it’s getting harder and more expensive to do so every year. But it is all worth it for the Players to be able to enjoy five gallons of the greatest Kool-Aid flavor ever created!

Friends, I don’t believe I’ve ever shared this bit of info before. But back in my youth I had another name for the Great Bluedini. I called it the Pure Source – in reference to 1982’s TRON of course.

Anyway, there was a bit of a hiccup in this retro New Year’s Eve plan…I had to work at the hotel. I was not happy about this to say the least. But that is part of being an ‘adult’ I suppose. So I made sure that the Great Bluedini was dropped off at the arcade before work.

In addition I enjoyed some of the tasty beverage with some very special people at the arcade. The Retroist’s own Gary Burton with our good friend, Alex.

One of my fellow concession employees at the arcade, Jonah Bright aka The Iron Monkey. Who I think you’ll agree has the greatest glasses ever made!

As well of course – sharing a cup of the Blue with Shea Mathis. Who you might remember is the owner and manager of the Arkadia Retrocade – besides being one of my best friends.

There is one other thing I had to do differently this year, while dropping off the Great Bluedini. In the previous years I’ve made a point of always pulling off the Minus World glitch in Super Mario Bros. After the clock has struck midnight and the New Year has officialy begun. Why? Well – quite simply, the first year we had the retro New Year’s Eve party, there were Players present who had never heard of this glitch.

So in this case, I had to perform the trick to visit the Negative World a little earlier than normal.

With a bit of a heavy heart but a belly full of the Blue I had to go to work. I’m not sure how many of you work the night audit shift at a hotel. But as you can imagine – New Year’s Eve can be a handful. Thankfully the fact I was missing the fun at the arcade was lessened by the photos that were being sent to me throughout the night.

Hannah, Lisa, and Shea supervising the disbursement of the Blue!

So how did I celebrate my own retro New Year’s Eve this year?

By reading Guillermo del Toro’s At Home With Monsters and sipping my own mug of Great Bluedini!

So here is to 2017, my friends. May it be a brighter and filled with even more retro fun!

Gary Burton

What The Retroist Means To Me By Gary Burton

(The Esteemed Gary Burton is our next writer to share his thoughts on what he loves about The Retroist site! – Vic)

I first stumbled upon the Retroist podcast in the fall of 2012. I had just started a new job that required driving 160 miles each day – five days a week. With limited radio reception available, I turned to my iPhone for entertainment and the Retroist Podcast was exactly what I was looking for.

My first episode was about the film “Crocodile Dundee,” and I quickly filled my phone’s free memory with all 120 shows that were available at the time.


Listening to the podcast made me feel like I was in someone’s living room and we were reminiscing about our lives in the 1970s and 80s. The episodes were complete with history, trivia, fun facts and personal experiences from the Retroist.

I soon began to get my family involved, starting with my son, William, who was 6 years old at the time. I would take him on many road trips and we listened to all the shows together. They always took longer than the posted listening time to complete because William kept wanting me to pause it. He would either ask a question about the podcast topic, or share in his own delight that he made a connection to his modern world by something mentioned in the show. He enjoyed hearing about how many of the topics related to my own memories as a child.

Ok, that last paragraph isn’t entirely true. We only made it through the first 10 minutes of the Gremlins episode. To this day, William has never seen the movie, but knows enough from a snippet of the Retroist podcast that this is a film he wants NOTHING to do with!

I tried to think of my favorite episode, but I couldn’t pick between two.

First, I loved the Jetsons episode from 2011. The interview with Janet Waldo was a special treat and the unscripted feel was a delightful change from the show’s regular format. The episode is even more wonderful because Ms. Waldo didn’t do many interviews during her last days – and passed away just a few months ago.

My second-favorite episode comes from #188 on June 13, 2015. Why? Thanks to social media, I felt like I was a part of the show in an unusual way.

Just a week earlier, I had posted to Facebook that I was watching The Black Hole with my kids. It was their first time, and they commented that the special effects were “interesting.”
I befriended the Retroist in 2012 on Facebook and it was neat to see his postings in between the show releases. I even had the chance the chat back and forth with him during a late-night delivery while I was on the New Jersey Turnpike. We had some great laughs while I rode through his childhood stomping grounds. The Retroist was the first of my Facebook friends to “like” my post, and that alone made me smile thinking that he noticed it.

My smile grew even wider when the Black Hole episode appeared shortly afterward.

I asked him if it was a cosmic coincidence between the couch time with my kiddos and the podcast, and he politely referred me to his rights under the Fifth Amendment.
The Retroist has also led me to scores of new friends – both online and in person.


I knew of the Arkadia Retrocade opening in Northwest Arkansas a few years ago, but I was just an enthusiastic customer at the time. Then, I found Vic Sage’s ongoing series on the Retroist blog about the arcade and initially thought it was a franchise chain coming to my area. I had no idea that Sage lived only 18 miles away.
Gary Burton - Vic Sage

Thanks to the Retroist blog, I’ve also become friends with Earl Green, Rob O’Hara, Robe Flax, and many, many others who enjoy reminiscing about our childhood.
We would not be the tight group of friends we are today without the Retroist – someone I’m proud to say answers my crazy emails when I shoot them his way.
I raise my glass to you and hope you have a great 2017…!

[Via] Bionic Disco