(Thanks to Jon Lynch for the tip!)
We’ve had some unpleasant news about a popular arcade in Southern California closing it’s doors, Arcade Infinity which is closing this week (BTW- They asked me to mention that the games from AI are for sale, if you are interested in picking something up from them, check out this thread on BemaniStyle.com). It’s not something we want to see anymore of so I hope that this bit of news gets some attention from a popular arcade on the other side of the country – the famous American Classic Arcade Museum. If you’ve seen the documentary The King of Kong then you’ve seen this place; they also brought along the classic games to PAX East last year (which they will do again this year). They have over 300 classic games that the museum meticulously takes care of on a daily basis, the largest collection of such games available to the public in the US.
Unfortunately, keeping these machines maintained is an expensive challenge and as such ACAM is holding a fundraiser to keep things going and to restore more games. Jon Lynch has interviewed Gary Vincent of ACAM where you can get an idea of why they need the funds, you can read that interview here at No Crisis Yet! Also, according to the ACAM website:
The American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM) in Weirs Beach, NH has many projects in progress and we need your support to see them through to completion. While the museum has approximately 280 games currently available for display, we have just as many games in storage that are in need of restoration. This includes early black & white discrete logic games from Atari, multiple conversion games for Pac-Man cabinets, and rarely seen laserdisc games such as Interstellar by Funai. ACAM would like to get these games restored so they can be enjoyed by the public. We also have several ongoing maintenance projects that need financial support.
If you want to help out, then visit their website here. They have only raised about $2000 so far, let’s help them reach their $25k goal by March 15th!