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"The Arcade" Brighton MI - Full Review

By cichlid

6 years ago

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    #151 4 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    He got rid of a lot of pinballs because he wants newer equipment. Older (80s) games are too labor intensive for his liking

    In your expert opinion, is that true? Keeping in mind, any pinball with less wear is going to have less issues, but if you were to completely refurbish an 80's pinball, is it still less reliable? And for what reason (better board designs as time went on, better fusing, mechs that are meant to last longer)?

    2 months later
    #152 4 years ago

    Anyone know the status of the amount of pinball games left?
    heard it was getting thin and dont want to drive all the way out there to find 4 or 5 games

    #153 4 years ago

    They are bringing in more pins slowly. Right now I'd say close to 20-25 to play.

    #154 4 years ago

    It's been a couple weeks but when I was last there it just gotten in six new machines. all current era stuff like AC/DC and Metallica.

    #155 4 years ago

    Hoping to hear that they are getting a Ghostbusters.

    #156 4 years ago

    Twilight Zone and a Mustang Premium showed up yesterday.

    #157 4 years ago

    We need the league to come back!!

    #158 4 years ago

    Walkthru video I shot yesterday. Not high quality but it will suffice.

    #159 4 years ago

    I have been there and really enjoyed myself. I even bought a pinball form teh owner. I recommend it. I drive about an hour and a half to get there also. Worth it for a couple hours of fun.

    7 months later
    #160 4 years ago

    Anyone been to The Arcade recently? Curious to how many machines they have these days

    1 month later
    #161 3 years ago

    Been wondering the same.

    Quoted from Pale_Purple:Anyone been to The Arcade recently? Curious to how many machines they have these days

    Been wondering the same thing. Anybody been there recently?

    #162 3 years ago

    I might be in that area next week. If I happen to drop in at the arcade I'll report findings.

    1 month later
    #163 3 years ago

    I just got back from the Arcade very disappointed only 16 pinball machines everyone of them had a problem. Found it odd the it was hot in there it is only in the 40s outside. Would hate to see what it is like on a hot day. The place is full of video games wrapped in plastic or others the look like non working. almost half of the video games looked like they did not work. Looks like it was an awesome place a few years ago. Hope it gets back to that. As is i would not waste my time there again. Paid $20 for me and wife to play with wristband left after 45 mins.

    #164 3 years ago

    I was there a couple years ago since I was in the area for clay's yearly open (so it would be mid-may). It was pretty hot in May too, and pretty much all the video games downstairs were turned off, some wrapped, some just turned around (I assume the upstairs is ok for everything to be on because heat rises?). At that point, he probably had closer to 24 pins, and maybe 6 were off (one had a playfield half stripped hanging out).

    I don't want to judge because I know how hard it can be to run an arcade (and be profitable). But I don't think there's much excuse for multiple games not functioning. It really is a neat layout, especially that upstairs loft looking over the rest of the area.

    #165 3 years ago

    Does anyone know what the story is? It seems like it has fallen quite far from what it was originally, including when it was part of the Shark Club.

    #166 3 years ago

    Just after Christmas, my wife & I went there and spent most of the day there playing pinball, playing around the broken features on all of the pins. You could not qualify TNT on their AC/DC Prem because the switch would not register that the "N" was knocked down. A flipper wasn't working on Family Guy. Wires were hanging that the ball would hit in the outlane on Mustang. Most of the GI was out on Addams Family. Pops did not work at all on Jurassic Park. There were a few others that I currently do not remember. At the end of the night, we pointed out all of the problems to the young man that was managing that night and he wrote down most of these things and said he would get them fixed and did not know about most of those issues. We came back the following Tuesday to use up a expiring Groupon, and only the inoperable flipper was fixed.

    Quoted from nosro:

    Does anyone know what the story is? It seems like it has fallen quite far from what it was originally, including when it was part of the Shark Club.

    Jumping to my own conclusions from my experiences over the last couple of years going there ... He had many fully working pinball machines there a couple of years ago and was real popular in the local area. Then, when the market price of pins took off, he started flipping and selling off what he could (to make a big profit). I even bought one of his pins and was too slow to buy one or two other ones. At one point he was down to only about 8-10 pins. Those wrapped up arcade games are "typically" games he just bought or are ready to go out the door on a sale. Again, just my opinion, but I think he is primarily just focused on flipping machines. The arcade business part of it has REALLY gone downhill. We're likely not going back there for a long, long while until we hear things have gotten better there. That's why we bought our last 2 pins and maybe 1 more future pin this year - for our own pinball arcade with our top favorite pins. We currently think this is better as we do not have a "good" pinball arcade in our area anymore. Sad. We kind of hear that here on pinside too. Arcades are dying, likely because the profits just are not there. It seems that placing them at established businesses (with the primarly focus on something else ... like a barcade) is what still remains out there. We have not found much of anything in our area.

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