These days, playing video games is all about sitting around in your underwear, clicking keys with one hand while eating a Hot Pocket with the other. But back in the day, you had to put on clothes and go to an arcade and interact with other humans huddled around noisy machines. For those of us who miss the comforting feeling of a pocket full of tokens, someone is trying to keep the dream alive.
Fusion recently met Marcel Gonzalez, head of the Florida Arcade and Pinball Expo. It’s an annual exhibition of collectors’ vintage games, as well as a traveling show that installs pop-up arcades at pop-culture conventions and other events. No quarters are necessary–it’s all open play for people who are old enough to remember playing arcade games, and those born in the post-Nintendo era.
Meet the collectors behind it all, and check out a recent pop-up arcade created by Florida APE in our video!