With many of Sydney's arcades closing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a wide range of arcade machines all in the same place. Cue Insert Coins: a new, monthly event that brings together arcade machines, games, art, drinks, and music. The best part? It launches tomorrow.
The event has been months in the making and aims to give gaming a night of its own, combining retro arcade machines with new releases like Resistance 3 and FIFA 12.
"Australia needs more games and geek culture events that help demystify our favourite entertainment past time," says one of the event's organiser's, former IGN AU editor, Patrick Kolan.
"With arcades rapidly disappearing, this seemed like an easy fit for the community. We want to create a fun, games-heavy evening with cool entertainment and cheap drinks - something that brings together games, arts, music and booze. It's a killer combination."
So how will the evening run?
"People are gonna be pretty impressed with how elaborate everything is," he says.
"We've hired a set designer to re-create a 50s-era milk bar feeling, we're going to have 25 or so old-school arcade machines, pinball tables and tabletop arcade units, too. Sony is providing Resistance 3, EA are showing off an advance version of FIFA 12, and QVS are supplying controllers and headphones. We're also featuring live art from some of Sydney's best street artists and two awesome bands Brackets and Camden, later in the evening. There's even some talk of Scalectrix car tracks..."
Details: WHAT? Insert Coins WHEN? Thursday 8 September, 6pm-late WHERE? The Oxford Art factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Sydney, 2010 HOW MUCH? $10 at the door with all arcades and games being free-to-play when inside ANYTHING ELSE? They have a Facebook page!