Arcade Nation is curated and coin-operated by John Dedeke.
It started in the past. A handful of vintage arcade photos posted years prior on Flickr dusted off hazy memories of moments spent in the corners of malls and movie theaters and mini-golf courses across the country; the fringe benefit of family trips to the Ozarks or Orlando. These places still existed in my mind, and I felt that if I could find more traces of them online, I could convince myself they still existed elsewhere, too.
But something else happened. Along the way, mixed in among all of the Aladdin’s Castles and the Spaceports and the Time Outs and Show-Biz Pizzas, I found Chinatown Fair and Fun Spot, Ground Kontrol and Barcade, Galloping Ghost and Logan Hardware. I found that I wasn’t alone. I found that I didn’t need to cling to the old places, because there were other people like me out there who were creating and congregating at new places.
Arcade Nation lives.