It all started in York Beach, Maine.

By shacklersrevenge

November 21, 2018

This story got featured on November 21, 2018


3 years ago

Grew up in York Beach, Maine in the 80's and 90's, as we had a summer home there. The boardwalk arcade (Fun O' Rama) and basketball court were where I spent most of my time, as well as the movie theater behind the arcade which was old-fashioned, even down to the seats. Saw many many summer blockbusters there. 

When I started zoning out to the arcade scene, I found myself getting pretty disenchanted with putting in quarters on a video game to only last about 30 seconds. Pinball, however, gave extra balls and free games, and felt like control of a world under glass. Early memories include Black Knight, Taxi, Whirlwind, Funhouse, Earthshaker, Simpsons, Phantom of the Opera, and then Addams family came out and floored me- loved it. In 1993, I bought my first game at an Antique store for $350, a Gottlieb Bounty Hunter, and still have the game. They had a bunch of other games as well, but I can't remember what they were (wish I could, probably some good stuff) 

I've had over 600 games come and go since 2006, and recently have been keeping what I find because I love to play and collect. I was one of 5 or 6 (can't remember exactly) who helped start the Co-Op ''The Sanctum''  in Meriden, CT, and I'm proud to have been a part of that.

All the years and games later, and shows, and people I've met and become friends with, I still love it. Enjoy it, there's no other hobby I'd rather spend my money on. Games are like a time machine, they'll take you right back there, and I don't know of too many other things in this world that can do that. 

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Comments

3 years ago

Best Quonset hut... EVER!

The saltwater taffy around the corner wasn't to shabby either.

3 years ago

Short Sands. Taffy made in the window of that store for passers-by to watch.

3 years ago

Love Fun-O-Rama. I live right down the road in NH and go there every summer. They have a Barb-Wrie machine that's been sitting in the back for a few years inoperable that I always want to ask them to sell to me.

Ps: wish I had been able to snag that Haunted House from you! Couldn't find the scratch in time.

3 years ago

Wasn't there a place in York that had a Lionel train that ran throughout the room near the ceiling? Some toy store maybe?

3 years ago

Scoot you'e you thinking about Bagel Caboose in Kittery :)

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