Revenge of the Arcade

One of the coolest things I learned at SXSW 2012 was that the arcade is making a comeback. Using old cabinets, indie developers are standing up arcades to expose their work to the public. Home tinkerers are mashing up their own versions of old favorites and making entirely new ones. The group I spoke with in Austin does it so kids can test out their software using real arcade cabinets. I think it’s an excellent way to do rapid testing and imagine arcade machines someday appearing regularly in our local hackspaces. Here’s a video of the Winnitron 1000 that helps explain the idea.

Posted by Dennis Bonilla

Dennis Bonilla has been a user experience designer, software developer, and digital strategist and is currently the Chief Technology Officer for a VR start-up. Dennis co-founded Unified Pop Theory with his friends. Dennis is a trend finder and idea maker who is inspired by individuals that believe the world can be changed one great project at a time. Dennis can be reached on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+.

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