This last Wednesday marked the first Retroist Arcade Meet Up and it was held at the always awesome 1984 arcade in Springfield Missouri. I think you can see why I love this place so much by that photo above…they have a Recognizer from Tron straddling the doorway to their party room, that Recognizer by the way was used in the Springfield Christmas Parade last year.
Joining me at the meet up was frequent visitor to the site, Plcary, and I think it’s safe to say we had a complete blast playing the classic arcade titles offered at 1984. Sadly the Retroist himself could not make it this time but at the very least he was able to send his Avatar to us in his place.
By the way, it was a pleasant discovery after talking with Plcary for a bit to learn that he lives in the same neck of the woods as I do, just the next town over. Just goes to show you that it truly is a small world.
Of course the draw of 1984 is playing such classic titles as Moon Patrol, Q*Bert, Gauntlet, Frogger, Popeye and the many others they have in the arcade. However it’s nice to see the love of the 80’s from its music and movies used as decorations, like this original standee for The Clash of the Titans!
One of the first things that caught my eye besides that Recognizer was a pretty interesting sign over the Donkey Kong Junior cabinet. Now I think you will agree with me that is definitely an accomplishment, I only wish I could have been there at 1984 when it happened!
The staff at 1984 has always been gracious (Thanks again for letting Plcary and myself check out all of that cool stuff!) and it’s obvious they love what they are doing but I learned quite a bit last night, for example the Tron machine they have for play is actually one of the rare Tron competition machines that Disney was using to promote the film’s original release.
Included below is a small gallery of the event, I truly hope this will be but the first of many chances for us fans of the Retroist to get together and have fun swapping stories over dinner and friendly arcade competition. I want to thank the Retroist for letting us put this meet up together as well as to 1984 for letting us run around and take photos all over the place. A big salute to Plcary of course for making the journey to join me in a night of arcade fun and to all you fellow Retroist friends who were there in spirit.