About raygunn1

Husband, Father, Grandfather and Arcade enthusiast! I've been working in the arcade industry since 1981 and have a lot of tales to tell! Stay tuned, Arcaders!

Pac-ommercial – The Pac-Man Cafe!

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Hey Arcaders!

I hope you guys are enjoying Pac-Man Month as much as I am! Today’s Pac-commercial is something special to me. Being a local in the Central Florida area, the was one restaurant that stood out for me- and I loved going to. The Pac-Man Cafe!

 

The Pac-Man Cafe was awesome. Unfortunately- It didn’t last long. But, I’m getting ahead  of myself.

Pac-Man Cafe started life as another arcade- XS Orlando.

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Pointe Orlando opened in 1998. It is still open today- but is missing the panache of it’s early years. It’s hard to compete with things like-

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FAO Schwartz.  Biggest toy store in Orlando.

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MUVICO Theater- First movie Theater in Orlando with IMAX!

Along with XS, It was quite a fun day.

Then, one day (around 2002, I believe) XS- closed.

I remember seeing an ad in the paper for Pac- Man Cafe- which conveniently , was in the old XS location. I went- and I wasn’t disappointed!

Here’s a flier from Pac-Man Cafe!

When you entered, you were greeted by this happy fella-

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And once inside- they had a full service restaurant- where the specialty was the Pac-Pizza… with the first piece missing! Then, you could go over to the Galaga Bar to have a drink! The main arcade we upstairs, but the fun was at the Retro Arcade on the first floor! It had all the classic games you could remember- plus a few you didn’t! Add to that the Pac-Museum, It was the best time in Orlando next to Disneyquest!

But, in 2005- it was gone. Why? I had heard that the rent went up at Pointe Orlando. Also, Namco was slowly closing their arcade division in the U.S., – so, it was a sad time in my household- we went every weekend. Now Pointe  Orlando has Main Event, and Arcade city- but they pale in comparison.

Now- there seems to be a resurgence in the Pac-Man Cafe idea… Check this out-

These seem to be pop up locations- there has been some in Shanghai, and Hawaii. Let’s hope they do more!

What do you think of the Pac-Man Cafe? Did you ever get to go? Let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

And Stay tuned for MORE Pac-Goodness!

Pac-Memorabilia-The Pac-Phone!

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Hey Arcaders!

Are you enjoying Pac-Man Month? I am! So Many memories! Which brings me to the next stop on our Pac-journey… all the Pac-Man stuff that came out! It spans decades! There’s even new stuff coming out now! So let’s take a look at something now…

The Pac-Man telephone!

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I had one of these!

There have been LOTS of specialty phones-

like this-

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or this one-

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this one was big in the 80s-

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or this-

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Even This guy had his own…

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But the Pac-Man phone I loved. It was small, and you’d open his mouth to dial and answer!

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I wish I had my Pac-Man phone still- It’s been lost to the ages…

But here’s a review over at Geekcade! check it out!

Pac-Tastic! What do you think of the Pac-Phone? Would you use it today? Let me know in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Coin Up Review Of Pac-Man!

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Hello Arcaders!

Welcome to the latest issue of COIN UP! This is the review series where I go back in time and review those arcade games of the past that you probably remember or or have a memory vaguely playing at the local arcade- the game tucked away in a corner while you’re waiting for your turn at Frogger. If you have a favorite game you would like to see in a review- let me know in the comments section below! Lets start this Maze Madness series on the Pac-Man games of the Bally-Midway Era, with the one that started it all! Continue reading

Pac-ommercial #1- 7up!

 

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Hey, Arcaders!

With Pac-Man Month underway, why not throw in some commercials? With Pac-Man?

To quench your thirst for some Pac-Man goodness- Check out this 7up ad from 1982!

Take a sip…

Bonus points if you know what song they used for the ad! Leave your answer in the comments!

Keep Playin’ Like it’s 1981!

RayGunn Reviews the Mappy My Arcade Mini Cabinet!

Hey Arcaders!

I know it’s Pac-Man month, but I have a video review of another Namco game- and one of my favorites- MAPPY!

I had a Mappy upright cabinet for many years in my collection, and I’ve been a huge Mappy Fan for years. UberNerd found this My Arcade handheld- I had to do a review!

Enjoy- and Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

 

PAC-MAN MONTH IS HERE!

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Greetings, Fellow Arcaders!

I have been waiting almost 40 YEARS for this to Start!

So- as you may have noticed, we did a little redecorating here at the Archives! It’s a birthday celebration for a character, a family, and a series of games that re- defined the arcade industry from the moment he arrived on the scene.

Who’s he?

He- is Pac- Man.

And if you don’t know who Pac- Man is…

You need to leave your official Arcader Badge at the door.

He. Changed. Everything.

Wanna see? Ok.

Lets take a trip back to the 1970s.

Continue reading