April Fools’ Day was a Tuesday this year. It punked me by acting more like the mother of all Mondays, for a variety of reasons related to the upcoming job-getting. The one part of April Fools’ Day that didn’t feel like the joke was on me? Me and the boy going to Arkadia Retrocade, naturally!
First off, gigantic bulletin of major importance: remember how the Quiznos commercials based on Rathergood.com’s spongmonkeys had the weirdly-tagged-on, even-more-obnoxious-than-the-rest-of-the-spot phrase “THEY HAVE A PEPPER BAR!”? Imagine that when I say this: THEY HAVE A Q*BERT NOW!
Q*Bert and I go back a long way. This was the one major A-list game that was lacking from Arkadia’s legendary selection of free-to-play machines, and now it’s there in nearly pristine condition.
Even the boy was impressed, though he was quickly distracted by his introduction to another piece of my childhood, something I had no idea he’d take to so well:
He also found a piece of Arkadia decor that I’ve somehow missed for ages. He’s got his hand on it right here:
What is it? Just think… “red alert.”
He also has more traditional gaming fixations that can be filled at Arkadia:
…and we also spent some time completely, totally doing Donkey Kong Jenga absolutely wrong, leaving architectural wonders for the arcade’s patrons later in the evening to puzzle over.
You can thank us later, late night arcade denizens. And now I shall go to sleep and dream of…
Thanks as always to Arkadia Retrocade for letting us haunt the place for a few hours. That salvaged our day considerably, and kept this Tuesday from being a total Monday.
For those interested, I even tried to add one true, free thing to a “holiday” that the internet often turns into a deep fried crapfest where you can’t trust a word anyone’s saying. Go grab the latest Kasatochi release here – it’s one of the best ones in a long, long time… assuming you like ’70s and ’80s hits turned into something sounding not unlike video game music. Seemed kind of appropriate to mention given all the gaming going on here. 😉