The Game Bunker
Sprites, Pixels, Pinball, …

About

Growing up in the 80s does something to you. You grow up with pixels that remained inblocky due to the fuzzyness of the TV you were staring at, you think A Flock Of Seagulls is a cool band, you see big machines with lots of blinkenlights standing in bars, on vacation in spain you discover game arcade’s with games for 25 or 50 peseta…

Then you grow up in the 90s and everything moves to PC gaming, Consoles, etc.. And you join the club as there is not much else to do. You give up hope and move on beyond the year 2000. This is when you discover Mame, all the arcade games come back and you play them on your PC / laptop with the keyboard. Its not the real experience but it’s close. Sometimes. You say that one day you will have a pinball machine, because those were cool. You want an arcade box, but dont know how to get it… Life is full of uncertanties.

At the end of the decade you discover that people are collecting these big wooden boxes from before. And you can own one too. You do some homework on Arcade cabinets, you do some homework on Pinball machines and you start a collection…

Soon things get out of hand. The first is followed by the second, is followed by the third. You even choose your new house with the collection in mind as it needs a room of its own.. A gameroom.

Having built a gameroom you think “hey, I can do this for others as well”, and you start a business that buys / sells / converts Arcade cabinets into emulation-stations. You sell about 1 cabinet a month and think “hey, there is more…”. So you jump onto the asian console market and start to import joysticks and controllers for your PC but which have an Arcade feeling. You discover retro controllers for NES, SNES, Gamedrive consoles with a USB plug and import these as well.

And that is how you create a Game Bunker.