I had a fun video game themed weekend, did you?

Just a quick 'good morning' - and I certainly hope you all had a good weekend.  Mine was predictably hectic.  I knew it would be, but it was a lot of fun too.  I got quite a bit of gaming in - the usual suspects with Madden being the primary focus, but I poked at several other titles as well, including FPS Creator.  Fun, but there's a steep learning curve to be had there.  Still, my son and I are tackling it together so that makes it more entertaining.

Beyond that though?  I got to play some games in an old school arcade for the first time in at least a decade.

My work sponsored a four hour stint at a nice nearby establishment called Pinball Pete's that I had never heard of before, but we had a great time at.  Lots of older games like The Simpsons, some more middle-aged games from after I was no longer frequenting arcades like Time Crisis 4 and Soulcalibur III.  There were some cool pinball tables including classics like Arabian Nights, and somewhat newer ones like Iron Man.  They had air hockey, one of those hockey tables with spinning handles, skeet-ball, basketball shooting and pool.  We got soda and pizza catered in about halfway through and it was a great time overall.

We followed that up with a trip to the theater to see Wreck It Ralph, which was a lot of fun.  All three kids really enjoyed it, as did I.  I had been planning to take them to see it once it hit the cheap theater in our town, but it did work out kind of amusingly that the movie about arcade games happened to get watched on the same day my kids got exposed to a more classic arcade.

My wife took a bunch of pictures with her phone while we were there, so I'll let those tell the rest of the day's 'story'.  Hope you all had a great weekend as well!



  1. Can I steal your weekend? Looks like a ton of fun!

    I had one of the laziest Saturdays in recent memory. I'm kinda addicted to The Last Story at the moment.

  2. ROFL - usually busy weekends annoy me, but this one was busy with loads of playtime, so I'll keep this one. :)

    I generally prefer my lazy Saturdays - and want to play Last Story, I just haven't had the time to pick it up and give it a go - but I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it.

    Thanks for dropping by to comment!

  3. It's nice to see an arcade still open. They are dying fast in this country.

  4. they are indeed. and really, it's not hard to see why. If we had done this on our own dime, it would have been $50 bucks easy for a few hours, where as you could buy a game for that price.

    Thanks for dropping in!

  5. I was at Pinball Petes a few months ago on my visit back to Michigan to visit my family. That arcade is pretty cool, But a lot of the pinball machines weren't working or un-level. I saw some employees picking up and dropping pinball machines. That's a big no no. Gonna break that shit so fast.

  6. Yeah, that's not good at all. We had good luck there - all of the machines were working (well, pinball ones - there were a couple of arcade ones like House of the Dead that were down, but not many). It was a neat place, though I think the floors are a tad uneven in places being down in a basement like that, because I also noticed a couple of pinball tables that felt just a bit off. Very cool you were there recently yourself - and thanks for stopping by to read and post!

  7. "We got soda and pizza catered in about halfway through and it was a great time overall."

    So, free games, free food, free drink. I didn't get the invite!

    Sounds like a blast though, and this is about my 4th time to try and comment before getting distracted by something shiny...but when I read "old school arcade" on Monday, I kept on wondering if the place was going to have this one machine that become popular in the late 90s/early 2000s, and it's in one of your pictures. It's the spinny thing light machine, where you have to stop the light that is spinning in the middle of two sections...anyway, when we used to go to the arcade back home, that was there and we would always see lots of people trying it, but few (if any) winning it. That's why we stuck with Tekken Tag, at least then we knew we had a chance to win!

    As for your Lions shirt...just and FYI...THEY COST ME MY FANTASY GAME! *horrid defense is horrid!

    Wreck It Ralph is on our to watch list, but still thinking we might wait with Bean 1 only being 3.5...him sitting still and finishing a movie is about like me trying to finish a comment!

  8. I'm sure your invite was in the mail. Maybe one of your kids opened it by accident? :)

    It was a very good time though, and yeah - I know what machine you're referring to. About the only thing they had 'turned off' for our visit was the ticket dispensing on things like that, basketball, things like that (they have one of those big glass cases when you come in and out with 5 cent trinkets you can trade tickets toward)

    And yes, the Lions defense has in general been horrible. They're costing me my sanity this season, for what it's worth.

    And that is a tough age for taking a little one. It's a bright, colorful, loud movie that might hold the bean's attention, but I recall having to struggle with that decision with our kids when they were younger too.

    Also, congrats on finishing your comment. You know, there's this blog out there called Incomplete Gaming... maybe you should start one called unfinished comments? :)

    Thanks again for dropping by!

  9. Busy and incomplete with house stuff as usual. I got in a few minutes to demo Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion and some Wii Sports Resort, but nothing else.

    Sounds pretty awesome, wish work would sponsor that for us!!

    New blog idea: LessAttentionThanTime.blogspot.com


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