In­fi­nite Lives

How Amer­ica’s keen­est coin-op col­lec­tors are pre­serv­ing the rich her­itage of the ar­cade scene

EDGE - - CONTENTS - IN­TER­VIEWS BY GER­ARD BUCHKO & NICK LOM­BARDO

How Amer­ica’s keen­est coin-op col­lec­tors are pre­serv­ing the rich her­itage of the ar­cade scene

Rare Dream­cast ti­tles? Neo Geo Pocket vari­ants? Ami­ibo fig­urines? Some game-re­lated col­lec­tions are more im­pres­sive than oth­ers. Few, how­ever, mea­sure up to rooms rammed to the rafters with gen­uine slabs of six-feet-tall ar­cade gaming hard­ware. Here, we take a trawl across the US to meet five com­mit­ted coin-op en­thu­si­asts who tell us how they got started, why they spend so much time on their hobby, and how, in one case, a vast assem­bly of vin­tage ar­cade games is even be­ing used for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses. If you’ve ever con­sid­ered build­ing your own ar­cade, don’t ig­nore the ad­vice shared along the way. Re­mem­ber: a 400lb coin-op cab­i­net needs a lit­tle more at­ten­tion than your PS4.

THE NEO GEO SPE­CIAL­IST

THE VETERAN COL­LEC­TOR

THE KING OF KONG CON­VERT

THE PIN­BALL FA­NATIC

THE MU­SEUM CU­RA­TOR

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