It was when I was 9 and for the first time in my life, I was allowed to hang in the arcade while my parents shopped.
Fun City was the name of the arcade and the Pacman craze was in full effect. And for those of you too young to have been there or remember, it was most definitely a craze.
Arcades were always a thing, but in 1980, they became a mecca for kids of all ages and it was all thanks to Pacman.And As much as I liked Pacman, I was drawn to the machines at the back of the arcade. Back in the day the pins were always in the back of the arcade, which was cool because it was an experience unto itself walking through a jammed packed arcade with all those video games being played at once.
That first time I got to do that by myself I walked back to the pins and there he was. This big red, talking demon named Gorgar. I spent my whole dollar (quarter per play) on that Gorgar pin.
Totally worth it and from the point on, even though I loved video games, I was a pinball guy.