Every game lover dreams of meeting someone when they grow up and getting their own place, decorating the spare bedroom, and turning it into a super-hot indoor playground. Right? We fantasized about banks of machines on each wall, bright colors, and pixelated monsters at every turn, neon lights, and chiptunes assaulting players from the second they walk in.
Sadly, we grew up and found that our otherwise perfect partners don’t share the same dream. But possibly we can persuade them to buy a machine-buy one less? Here we have summarized a series of reasons that can help you convince them that it is the best choice for everyone:
1. It’s really, really good for you!
Yes, it’s also good for your relationships and the way you interact with others. How much time do you spend with your partner? TV doesn’t count! Date nights, cooking nights, beach walks — all of these things when work becomes difficult and energy is found, it falls on the side of the road to connect becomes difficult — but with this new game machine, you can easily hang out and release stress! If you can say, “I did this for us,” you get extra points.
2. The kids will love it
This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how much your partner loves children, but the children of friends and family will soon find a few hours of entertainment when they visit you, leaving you and other adults in a relatively calm environment. You may want to be prepared to see rude words all over your high scoreboard — but that’s just an extra incentive to beat them again.
3. Adults are the same
Another attraction, of course, is that most visiting adults will love the retro decor — staying in is like going out, and all you have to do is stock up the fridge for the evening’s game. Many arcade games come with a huge selection of games to keep everyone entertained, so it’s the least pressure for you whenever you want to entertain a few friends!
4. You can turn it into a programming project
These final thoughts require a bit of construction and creativity, so if your partner likes to tinker, these are definitely the right angles. In fact, you can build your own arcade with a cabinet, a screen, and a computer, many people even use the impressive little RaspberryPi to make their own miniature versions. It’s frugal and requires a lot of hard work, which makes it perfect for convincing people who like to do their own challenges.
5. You can redesign the cabinets
Or, you can buy your machine but turn the shell into an art project, customizing everything from sticks and buttons to the shell itself. There’s a risk of invalidating your warranty, but if your partner is looking for a new design project, this is definitely the way forward-especially if you are willing to give them complete control over the finished product!
Of course, if all else fails, you can always convince a friend to get a machine instead. Or well, We don’t approve of bribery, but the fancy foot massage here, the delicious food there, and maybe some surprises, they all can make a difference. Good luck – and if you do have a home arcade setup, we want to hear about it!