Galloping Ghost Arcade
9415 Ogden Avenue
- They have an obscene number of games!
- Separate rooms for pinball and consoles (I think you need to make a reservation for the console room)
- I THINK it's fairly easily reachable via mass transit (Metra)
- Very close to I-55
- Many of the games are not the real thing; a lot of hashed-together "twofers", and Dragon's Lair is the PS3 version
- A few machines in disrepair out on the floor (I wish to hell they'd fix Food Fight!!!)
1 E. Main St.
East Dundee 60118
- Kind of small
- You're almost forced to take the Kennedy to get there
- AFAIK, not near any mass transit
- Relativey long drive if you're not in the northern suburbs (takes me about an hour from the north side of Chicago)
- Even though it's kind of small, it has a pretty good variety of games.
- If you like Atari arcade games, they're very Atari-heavy (and the only place where I've ever seen Atari Football!); in fact, the phone number actually has the word "Atari" in it!
- The owner is a really nice guy....plus he's an Aurcade.com referee and can register your high scores.
- Free drink out of the fridge upon your first checkin via Yelp
- The only place I know of in the whole freakin' state that has Jr. Pac-Man Turbo!
- A bit cheaper than Galloping Ghost's $15 admission fee; Underground's is $5 for half hour, $10 for unlimited
North side of Chicago, just a few blocks away from where Bob and Emily hartley lived
- Street parking
- We have a dog, so if you're allergic to dogs, not a good place for you to be.
- If you want to play arcade games, forget it - I don't have any other than via MAME.
- I live on the third floor with no elevators, so if you have walking problems, not a good place for you.
- If we gather at my place, that means I have to clean the damn place!
- For the day, I'll donate my garage space to the first vehicle to arrive.
- However, usually the street parking in my neighborhood isn't too bad; it's unmetered, too.
- VERY close to mass transit. Get off the Red Line and walk a few blocks, or if you're lucky, grab the bus from the Red Line and it drops off practically at my front door!
- We have a dog. Dogs are wonderful. In fact, screw what I said about having a dog being a con for someone allergic. Just deal with it.
- I have a newly-AV-modded Atari 7800 for optimal quality on a 40-inch Sony Bravia!
- The aforementioned 7800 plays the 2600 games that most people think won't work with the 7800, including The Activision Decathlon and Starpath Supercharger games
- And with the 7800 I have lots of homebrews and a Harmony cart, which means that we can play not only some great 7800 games but also (thanks to the Harmony cart) practically any 2600 game in existence.
- Chicago is loaded with good food places if we want to go out, and if we want to stay in, plenty of places deliver, including a really good (and cheap) Chinese joint my wife and I frequent.
Thoughts?? I'm equally up to do any of the above...I really want to go to Galloping Ghost again, but I also want to go back to Underground to see if I can improve my 4th-best-in-the-world record on Jr. Pac-Man Turbo....but if we have a thing at my place, I don't have to leave...
Edited by Dauber, Tue Jan 8, 2013 6:54 PM.