Local man cultivates community at vintage video game arcade Free Play Richardson
Corey Hyden spent his teen years as a semiprofessional video gamer, but as an adult, he wanted to find a less time-consuming way to enjoy his hobby.
“I needed a game that I could pick up, play for a few minutes and just be done with it,” Hyden said.
Inspired by the memory of going to the arcade as a child, Hyden bought his first vintage game. Eventually, with more than 100 machines stored in a warehouse, he decided to open an arcade in his native Richardson.
“I’ve been able to kind of time travel by buying all these really obscure games,” Hyden said.
“All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925