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Update: Progress on the largest private video arcade in UK

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See our progress as we work towards completion of our 2014 project – the largest private video arcade in the UK.  Original announcement here

Welcome to Retro Games Party!

We love retro games!  We’re not talking about old board games but specifically stuff from the 1980′s and 1990′s.  We are obsessed with classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger etc as well as the classic consoles like the Atari 2600 and those home computers like the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64.  We here at retro games party are on a mission to make sure nobody forgets that today’s games come from those of the past.

Back in the 1980′s there was less graphics and more depth, computers weren’t just PC’s and Mac’s and you didn’t need to upgrade them for nearly every game you bought.  There were no DVD’s or CD’s – games came on cassettes and sometimes disks and you had to wait while the game was loaded into the computer before you could play it.  There was also a huge social thing, you’d go round to your friends house and play against each other.

For some time, we’ve watched the games systems evolve to the point of near perfection but sadly while graphics quality has gone up, gameplay and addictive quality has gone down.  Are some games too easy to complete compared to their retro parents?  We see kids getting a new game for Christmas and trading it in at the local game exchange shop within a week?  Everybody plays online these days and with the threat of Sony’s anti-resale chip in their new PS4 you won’t even be able to take your £40 game to your friends house anymore.

We can’t stop progress and sadly no time machines exist at the time of writing this so all we can do is revisit those classic machines and games.  They are easy enough to get your hands on for home and relive those memories of when coca-cola tasted better, Britain had a summer time and we used to play out in the streets.

Get to the point!

So what does Retro Games Party offer?  Simple!  There are a growing number of events happening across the globe where people dust off their old computers like the BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum, load up some games and become immersed in the old, strangely addictive gameplay.

What we do is try to advertise as many of these events as possible and we also run a few of our own!

Where do these things happen?  Some people have them in their homes, others organise events like Replay and some even hire a pub – but unless you’re switched on, juiced in and in the know, you don’t know where they’ll be.

We found that many we heard of had passed by when we got to know about them so this site aims to be a hub for big events, private parties and gatherings.  We’ll list your event for free just so people know about it.

So if you’re looking for a retro games party or retro games event, try here first!