Vic’s Retro New Year’s Eve: Of The Popularity Of Ecto-Cooler And Atari’s E.T.!

Vic’s Retro New Year’s Eve: Of The Popularity Of Ecto-Cooler And Atari’s E.T.!

Friends, I do hope you all had a great new Year’s Eve, full of laughs and fond memories of 2014. Much like the previous year I was able to see the new year in at the Arkadia Retrocade surrounded by Family and Friends. One of the more popular moments of last year’s celebration was whipping up some Great Bluedini…though to be fair I just didn’t have enough in my stash to make sure that every single Player that stepped through the door got a taste when the Midnight hour arrived.

I made a New Year’s resolution to myself that this year would be different. So that is why for this go around I looked to e*Bay for a little help in securing enough Great Bluedini to let me pull off my little project. Was it inexpensive? No. But to see others enjoy their taste of that delicious Kool-Aid flavor for the first time or even those that remembered the beverage from 25 years ago made it all worthwhile. This year to ensure that I had enough for our thirsty players I whipped up a 5 gallon batch of the Great Bluedini!

Arkadia - Great Bluedini - 2014

Obviously in business you do not want to rest on your laurels so I also decided to introduce the Players of the Arkadia Retrocade to the joy and wonder that was Ecto-Cooler! I scaled back a bit with our favorite Ghostbusters related Hi-C beverage and just concocted 2 gallons worth. I was pleasantly surprised that it was by far the more popular of our New Year’s Eve beverages.

Ecto Cooler - Arkadia Retrocade - 2014

This New Year’s Eve was far busier than even that of 2013, so much so that I had a hard time getting out from behind the snack bar to get some photos of all the Players. I was able to make an exception though when friend to the Retroist, Gary Burton, and his Wife dropped by to not only celebrate New Year’s Eve but their Anniversary as well. Gary can certainly say he has a lot of experience with arcade games as he managed an arcade in the past and was kind enough to let me borrow an ad for it that was played on the radio back in the day, I’m working on getting the audio cassette transferred over to an MP3 file to share with you all at a later date.

Gary Burton - Vic Sage - Arkadia - New Year's Eve - 2014

When I was able to get out from behind the counter the arcade was busy with Players doing what they do best…you know…playing games.

Arkadia - New Year's Eve - Players - 2014

Arkadia - New Year's Eve - Players F - 2014

Arkadia - New Year's Eve - Players

Arkadia - Players B - New Year's Eve - 2015

Arkadia - New Year's Eve - Players E - 2014

Though one of our regulars decided that the way to see the New Year in proper was by playing and beating Atari’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

ET - Arkadia - New Year's Eve - 2014

ET - New Year's Eve - Arkadia - 2014

The surprise of the night came when the Xenomorph from Alien arrived to party down but it also brought the Retroist along as well…at least his Avatar.

Alien - New Year's Eve - 2014

Now after Midnight I had enough time to engage in an Arkadia Retrocade tradition that we’ve pulled off the last three times, warping to Minus World!
Minus World - Arkadia - New Year's Eve

After hundreds of Players came through the door to join us in celebrating the New Year and serving up 3 gallons of the Great Bluedini and almost all of the Ecto-Cooler, Shea joined me for a victory cup of Bluedini…though to be fair I found my love of the Bluedini demanded a more suitable vessel to drink from.

Arkadia - Vic and Shea - New Year's Eve - 2014

Not a bad way to end 2014, not at all.
Arkadia 2014


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Happy New Year! Can’t wait to get back to NWA so I can visit Arkadia more often.

  2. Looks like an amazing time. Happy New Year!

  3. Wow, that looks like a total blast. And I LOVED Bluedini. My sophomore year at college (around 1992), I always kept a stash of the premixed tubs in my dorm. I could go for some right now.

    Total BS they don’t sell it anymore!

  4. Happy New/Retro Year, Vic! (and all Retroist folks)

    Seeing this blast to the past reboots my dormant party chips.
    Allow me to retro(*ahem*)actively insert myself spiritually to the fun times at the Arkadia Retrocade so I can live out entering 2015 as my true arcade gamer self.

    Man, oh man.
    Not only does this look like the perfect way to celebrate, well…any day of the week….but I couldn’t imagine a better way to reach that countdown than turning around and
    kissing Ms. Pac-Man.
    (Don’t judge, it’s *mizz* Pac-Man)

    You’re gonna have this Adventure fan dropping in before long.

  5. Plcary, we cannot wait for you to come back!

    Retroist, at least you were there in spirit, right?

    Patrick, those who have had the taste of the Bluedini know all too well why it is so precious. I know they re-released it this year but no where that I could ever find and I looked in three different states!

    Atari, you come visit and not only will we have a blast playing some of the classics but I’ll take you and yours to one of the best pizza places we have. :)

  6. I’m really glad you logged all this here. It’s really neat to see.

    PS: I heard you (Vik) were posting the history of the arcade, but I couldn’t find this anywhere. Could you share a link, perhaps? I’d enjoy seeing it.

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