Video games in the 80s were completely different than they are now. Now we can all play our games on the go, but in the 80s you had to go to a specific building if you wanted to enjoy some kind of electronic fun. As time went on and home units became the norm, these magical buildings we all knew and loved started to fade away.
We didn't need the arcades anymore, we could play our games on our own TVs, but there was never the same community feeling. We used to all gather around the machine because someone was finally about to beat that Pac-Man high score, or because their Pinball streak was getting absolutely crazy, but now the majority of gaming is done alone.
But one company has decided that arcades need to make a comeback. Neon Retro Arcade will transport you back in time, making you feel like you never left the 80s. It's filled with dozens of games that you thought you would never see again, played exactly the way they were originally intended, with all your friends around you.
Mark and Mia Guenther opened Neon Retro Arcade three years ago, after collecting machines for several years. Mark had been collecting the machines for his own personal use since college, but he knew he wasn't the only one who loved them. "We knew that there was a large appetite out there to play these classics. It was really a way for us to preserve them as well. We really felt like ... there wasn't a whole lot of effort being made to make sure that they kind of stayed alive."