Chasing Ghosts- Beyond the Arcade!

Hey, Arcaders!

                         I know we have all seen “The King Of Kong- Fistful of Quarters”  and you know how much I enjoy it. But did you know another documentary exists about the history of arcades? About the people who could really play? What happened during that amazing time in their lives- and their lives since? People call “Chasing Ghosts- Beyond the Arcade” a compliment movie to “The King Of Kong- Fistful of Quarters” but I think it’s the opposite! seeing what these guys accomplished and how their lives  changed (for better or worse) is really where you have to start. Love em’ or hate em’ ,  they help define our generation. Reading of their exploits in all the arcade gaming magazines made me want to play better as well as most of you. And to think, it was started by one man, Walter Day, and that up until this year, he continued to preserve our history and way of life is astounding. Sadly, this movie has never seen the light of day on DVD or Blue Ray. Only a few sparatic showings on Showtime and HBO has the public been able to enjoy this wonderful documentary.  And If the powers that be would listen- RELEASE THIS ALREADY!!!!!!!

Of course you can watch it on HULU-

 Hey gang, remember, this movie has some vulgar language and nudity-

NOT FOR THE LITTLE ONES!

http://www.hulu.com/embed/lZdD5ATyWpfVzecaVzDMQw

3/4/12 – Hey gang- good news! Chasing Ghosts is now available for streaming on Netflix! This is big- could a DVD or Blu Ray release eminent? Maybe-  I think the hold up was the music. They had a few 80s classic songs in there- I don’t think they were able to get the rights to them. Now, they have replaced those songs with instrumentals- so lets hope that they finally get this released! At least for now, we can watch it commercial free any time we want!

A visit to The King of Kong Arcade (part 1)

Hey Gang!

Remember those Billy Mitchell trading cards I talked about a few weeks ago? (if not, just go back to my 3rd blog entry!)

Well, I had mentioned after doing some digging, they were selling these cards exclusively at the Orlando International Airport- WHY? Ill tell you why…  Billy’s opened an arcade! At the airport! And it’s not bad! No really- let me just show ya.

Here we are at OIA- They said it would be on the A side....

...Oh- Here's a sign!

At last I found it- (I wasn't really that hard) and all the front signage is awesome- it has a pull away pseudo 3d effect!

The storefront is amazing. It makes you feel like your walking into the movie- both Billy and Steve are prominently displayed.... oh the eternal confrontation- I wish we had seen that battle in the movie!

...And inside is great as well! Full sized murals of all 4 levels are displayed on the walls.

the place has NICE hardwood flooring, and FLAMING BARRELS! You heard me- FLAMING BARRELS! You know you are looking at this place and saying" I wish this was in my house!"

And the centerpiece to The KOK Arcade has to be the change counter. The curtain looks like a separate wall to walk behind- cool!

And of course, what arcade would be complete without hot sauce? you can also purchase t shirts, and the aforementioned trading cards.

All in all a great looking gameroom. While I was there (about 10 minutes),  30 people came in and played- which is good- the airport’s got a constant flow of customers just waiting with money to spend . And they had some good titles- BUT NO DONKEY KONG! not even 1 classic game in the lineup- that was disappointing. But it just opened… may be they will be bringing in DK and others in the future- I hope. Well stay tuned gang- because I will be going back and getting some answers on this little, funny, out of the way arcade soon!

Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn