When I was growing up in Sandy Springs, GA my mother used to drop me off at an arcade named Fantasy Island just about every week. I would then proceed to blow my allowance playing my favorite games. There was Hyper Sports, Popeye, Kangaroo among the usual Donkey Kong and PacMan favorites as well as pinball. After a boom in arcades the bust came, and like most other arcades this one failed. Every time I go back home I drive by this run down building in an area that has seen better days and think about the blast I had being a kid there.
This week I discovered there was a Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. As soon as I heard about it I had to check it out. It is about 1.5 miles east of the strip on Tropicana near UNLV.
If you ever went to arcades growing up then you have to check this place out. It has about 150 pinball machines and 50 retro arcade games. You can see a list of the games here.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a non profit organization. Any profit they make is donated to charity. Their main charity is the Salvation army. Next time you are in Las Vegas make sure to make an indirect charitable donation by playing some retro pinball and arcade games.