Screen Play Arcade: My childhood in pixels.

Updated: Jun 27, 2019

UPDATE: As of June 2019, this article has aged a year and a half. The blog has come a long way since this first entry, and Screen Play Arcade has been moved halfway across the country!

Having a home arcade had been a dream of mine since I was six, circa 1987. I was living in Tarentum, PA, and my dad had purchased a Cinematronics Solar Quest machine. Despite being too small to play it, I thought it was the coolest thing ever:

Our old house has since been torn down. In 2016, I took my wife to visit the former location, and she snapped the following picture:

The desire for a home arcade was the driving force behind my purchase of a house in 2008. When I entered the room in the video for the first time, I said to myself, "This is the arcade." Upon purchase, the foreclosed house was a disaster. It took about a year before the arcade started coming together. It went through many iterations and name changes before arriving at the product you see today. I hope this video inspires others who are dreaming of the seemingly impossible:

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Dave Fife, a child of the '80s, is the driving force behind A nostalgia blog focusing on the pop culture of the '80s and '90s, Retro Injection places an emphasis on movie reviews, classic video games and vintage toys, and conducts celebrity interviews.

An authority on the 1980s and a member of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, Dave is the creator of the acclaimed documentary, Time-Out: History of a Small-Town Arcade. He also wrote the forward to the breakdance movie book, There's No Stopping Us/ The Untold Story of Breakin': From Australia to Venice Beach by Tony and Doug Pichaloff. Mr. Fife is a member of the Arizona Ghostbusters.


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