So today I braved the big wide world and left Devon for a trip up to Bristol to pick up a new console for my collection (details coming soon). But this port is about the location I had to collect it from. It was from a guy named Mark who has set up a retro video game arcade in the Galleries Mall in Bristol (A perfect place for a retro arcade!).
He has created a retro paradise up there with some nice displays, consoles set up to play on and a great selection of arcade cabinets and pinball machines. More information can be found at https://www.historyofvideogames.co.uk/
So the next time your other half drags you to the city to do some clothes shopping, do yourself a favour, hand her the credit card and then head over to the history of video games for a day of retro gaming for just £12. Once in all the machines are free to play.
We really need locations like this to thrive in the UK as the traditional arcades are just a shadow of their former selves. Living in a small coastal town myself, growing up we had several arcades down the seafront which had a wide range of games, pool tables, bowling alleys etc. Now, we have one arcade left and it’s just crammed full of teddy bear machines, fruit machines and a Mario Kart game.
So if you are around the Bristol area do make sure you go and check it out. You won’t regret it!