Another year has passed by and like the previous four New Year’s Eve I have had the pleasure of spending it at the Arkadia Retrocade…well…at least I was able to make it just before the seeing in of the New Year that is. This year I had to work a day shift at the Hotel so I was able to bolt over to the arcade after my work was done to help dispense the legendary Great Bluedini Kool-Aid!
Oh yes…as we’ve done the last four years I made sure to whip up…thanks to eBay…5 gallons of that most delicious nectar of the Gods that Kool-Aid put out in the early 80s! Was it cheap? No. But it was totally worth it as we barely had enough to give to all of attendees of the New Year’s Eve bash.
As usual when it’s on the weekends and it’s later in the evening, the lights are dimmed so all of those wonderful arcade cabinet marquees mix with the neon and transport those of us that remember the heady days of the arcades back to a time Pac-Man and Donkey Kong were Kings!
To be honest this year I wasn’t able to get out from behind the counter and take as many photos as I normally do but as always I made sure to snap a few to capture the spirit of the evening…not to mention friends to the arcade like Gary Burton!
Why even big fan of the Retroist and the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast, the esteemed William B. was able to be in attendance to see the New Year in right! Not to mention Alex and you can just make out everyone’s favorite party attendee…Teddy Ruxpin! Of course the Retroist was busy attending his own festivities but as usual there were many representations of his classic icon on display!
Even Furby and friends were able to make it in for the party!
The party didn’t really get started until about thirty minutes before midnight but I was able to get a few photos of the Players enjoying some classic gaming before the New Year!
What was the most popular arcade game of the evening? Atari’s Star Wars of course!
You know…if you look at this photo…I suppose this could be called the Harrison Ford row? Star Wars, Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!
As always at the arcade it’s not just the video games that draws in the crowd but Battleship, Scrabble, Jenga and Foosball as well!
But it is of course the vintage arcade games that brings in most of the Players…why you might even recognize a few of them from the last New Year’s bash.
Then as the time was getting near for the celebration it was my duty along with fellow Arkadia Retrocade employee, Rhi, to make sure that all of the Players had a cup of the delicious Great Bluedini in hand before Midnight! As usual Shea Mathis was manning the arcade office so he could snap a photo of the beginning of the gathering crowd and to pick that right bit of music once the clock had struck midnight!
With over a hundred cups of Great Bluedini raised high we rung in the New Year in retro style!