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Are there any arcades left in Chicago?

Dennis' Place down the street closed up....
Feel like playing some old school fighting games...
Killer Instinct, MK, SF2... Something like that...
I have D & B.. but.. Don't feel like going there...
Looking for a real arcade...
If there are any left around....?


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Any GameWorks around your area? GW has way better games than D&B.
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Fun Zone closed years ago that was my spot as a kid. Enchanted Castle is closed as well. I thought there was one somewhere around harlem and 55th st but i don't remember the name.

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Contract I was on just ended.. So i am unemployed right now.. and... everything I can think of that is productive I could be doing.. I just don't wanna do

Looking for a hole in the wall arcade.. not a cheezy high budget barcade...
just feel like blowing a couple bucks on some old school 1 on 1 fighting games
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Fun Zone closed years ago that was my spot as a kid. Enchanted Castle is closed as well. I thought there was one somewhere around harlem and 55th st but i don't remember the name.
There is an Enchanted Castle outside Fox Valley Mall and I think there is some kind of game place next door.
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Nickel City in Northbrook just off of 94 and Waukegan Rd
Never heard of this one... This might be a possibility.
googling now... bet it'd take forever to get there right now though...
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He lives in chicago. I highly doubt he's driving to the burbs.
I do have a car.. and I'd probably be driving anywhere I'd be going.. if there was something close enough to walk to I imagine I'd already know about it..

but this is good... maybe I'll find out about some other interesting places to go out in the burbies...

I think there is a place just north of addison on western (by Champion if you know where that is)
but I am not sure if it's an arcade or what...
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does anybody else think the majority of people on yelp are little bitches?
http://www.yelp.com/biz/dennis-place...ames-chicago-3

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About time they shut this place down. Back when I lived in Lakeview, this was the place I always had to hurry past when I got off at the Belmont Red Line stop because I was afraid its clientele would shoot me or shank me."

That was posted by a guy.
I know a lot of the guys in my neighborhood are kind of bitches.. but.. wtf?
What a pussy.
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Well
I poked around a bit... and unless google is wrong all of the arcades closed up.. except for d and b and espnzone...

im going to buy my own Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, and Killer Instinct machines.. bah
i dont care if I'm a throwback
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Looking for a hole in the wall arcade.. not a cheezy high budget barcade...
just feel like blowing a couple bucks on some old school 1 on 1 fighting games


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there used to be a hole-in-the-wall arcade in Crystal Lake at the corner of Gary and North Ave, just behind the White Castle. I have no idea if it's still around but I remember it being what you're looking for.

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Nickel City in Northbrook just off of 94 and Waukegan Rd
I went there a couple years back to take my daughter to a birthday party. All the old games are free!


That's funny stuff about Dennis', the one that was in Rogers Park was way more sketchy!

Times Square was a good spot, Midway used to use it as a test market and they'd be the first to get the new versions of MK.

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The arcade I ran was Just Games right on Ogden in Downers Grove...you might now that building now as DGY. Damn I miss that place...the crazy wild shit we did after hours.

It does look like all the old haunts are closing up. If I need some oldskool gaming (my arcade was Midway and Capcom field test site), I go to the Brunswick Zone in Naperville across from the Police Station, or the other one...I think it's a Brunswick Zone in Downers Grove off 75th Street and Lemont road (aka by The Four Corners).

Dennis' was the last place I recall in the city. It's pretty damn old skool. I think there was one other place in Niles maybe that was also a Midway test spot...I can't remember what it was called.

Back in the day we used to do a tour of all the arcades, sharking punks on MK2 and Street Fighter 2....that's how we got gas money back then. LOL

If you are thinking about getting your own games, I might suggest you look into MAME. The initial hardware setup would be expensive as you need to buy a good computer, but the Multiple-Arcade-Machine-Emulator (MAME) is pretty well done. I had one I built in a "universal" cabinet with a big 20" Sony computer monitor, and you could switch control panels for different games (MK control panel vs a trackball control panel for example). I think it cost me about $1200 to build it, computer, monitor, cabinet and all. But I really went all out on it. Custom paint for the sides, and a Marquee with fluorescent lighting at the top. I had several control panels I built up for it with all arcade quality switches and sticks.

I promised myself once I get house, I'll build up another MAME machine like that.

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I remember Dennis'... up on Clark Street.

The mini-golf joint at Lincoln/Devon had an arcade (next to the Bunny Hutch)... I remember going up on my 10-speed and playing pinball there back when I was 11-12.

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We did the same thing..
In HS we supported ourselves playing SF2 and MK1/2
Used to live in the arcade.. and for a short time.. I worked at an Aladdins Castle during HS...
I am familiar with MAME.. I know some people that have built em etc.. but.. something just isn't 100% right... and.. I want the real thing...
Paying for it shouldn't be so much of a problem.. It's not like I am looking for Cruisin World with a real Miata
Used to go to Friar Tucks back in the day...
I have actually played at Midway.. it's up north off california and roscoe...
We were invited there by Ed Boon and John Tobias... that was.. forever ago... (btw.. is it name dropping if nobody knows who you are talking about? )

I actually met/sorta knew all of the actors from the MK1 game.. Divisio, ho sung pak, ho young pak, daniel pesina... cant remember all of their names.... Ho Sung was the leader of the troop.. he played Liu Kang, Chinese Wushu champion... Rich Divisio hit on my mom... he gave her his # hah (btw.. he was kano)


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The arcade I ran was Just Games right on Ogden in Downers Grove...you might now that building now as DGY. Damn I miss that place...the crazy wild shit we did after hours.

It does look like all the old haunts are closing up. If I need some oldskool gaming (my arcade was Midway and Capcom field test site), I go to the Brunswick Zone in Naperville across from the Police Station, or the other one...I think it's a Brunswick Zone in Downers Grove off 75th Street and Lemont road (aka by The Four Corners).

Dennis' was the last place I recall in the city. It's pretty damn old skool. I think there was one other place in Niles maybe that was also a Midway test spot...I can't remember what it was called.

Back in the day we used to do a tour of all the arcades, sharking punks on MK2 and Street Fighter 2....that's how we got gas money back then. LOL

If you are thinking about getting your own games, I might suggest you look into MAME. The initial hardware setup would be expensive as you need to buy a good computer, but the Multiple-Arcade-Machine-Emulator (MAME) is pretty well done. I had one I built in a "universal" cabinet with a big 20" Sony computer monitor, and you could switch control panels for different games (MK control panel vs a trackball control panel for example). I think it cost me about $1200 to build it, computer, monitor, cabinet and all. But I really went all out on it. Custom paint for the sides, and a Marquee with fluorescent lighting at the top. I had several control panels I built up for it with all arcade quality switches and sticks.

I promised myself once I get house, I'll build up another MAME machine like that.
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Wait, were you a tester? If so, there was a good chance that you and I met!

I only met the dude that played Shang Tsung, he taught at a marshal arts school around here somewhere.

I think you and I need to find an MKII machine around somewhere and go head to head. I doubt I remember any fatalities or any other tricks, but it would be fun to see who could school who! I was pretty wicked with Jonny Cage and especially Scorpion. In fact, the testers named a Scorpion move after me.

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not a tester.. just personable.. or i was anyway...
i met tobias and boone thru some friar tucks people...
i wasnt the best in our group.. hung out with a guy names josh who was basically an idiot savant.. any video game.. he could generally beat first try... he could beat people in sf by giving them 1st round and then letting them pick his character and special move and he would do nothing but that move.. it was uncanny.. and im not talking schmucks off the street.. we traveled all over (from indiana.. ) we even came out to chicago and played at dennis'... i almost had to fight 3 or 4 guys cuz of him... and jax...
they had this thing there.. that throwing was cheap... so if they threw someone on accident.. theyd give the person a free throw... josh saw this.. thought it was hillarious.. so he threw someone.. when they walked over for their free throw.. he threw em again.. then he declared he would use no move other than quad slam.. they actually called some guy at home after about 30-45 minutes of this.. he came down.. josh beat him with nothing but quad slam maybe 5x.... (with basically the entire arcade around the machine watching).. the guy wanted to kick his ass ... people at dennis' were quite ghetto...
and i was basically one of the defacto bodyguards in my group of friends... there were a couple of us who could fight our way out of a wet kleenex.. i was one of them.. go me...

so in any case.. i ended up in a shoving match with a few guys under the el tracks.. and it ended there.. just a bunch of name calling.. funny story now.. i thought i was going to get shot then (youd be surprised how many times i have had a gun pulled on me over a video game (and err.. maybe my mouth had a bit to do with it )....

it'd be fun to play.
i dont remember the moves either.. been so long
i remember.. we had the moves off of this secret place called "usenet"
we drug that out for.. weeks.. made a couple hundred bucks and a bunch of cd's off of em.. hah

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I only met the dude that played Shang Tsung, he taught at a marshal arts school around here somewhere.

I think you and I need to find an MKII machine around somewhere and go head to head. I doubt I remember any fatalities or any other tricks, but it would be fun to see who could school who! I was pretty wicked with Jonny Cage and especially Scorpion. In fact, the testers named a Scorpion move after me.
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Ok, while it took me a LOOOONG time to get to that level, I was as the same level as your buddy. The Scorpion move I used was called the "Feve Toss". I could beat the game using nothing but Scorpions arial toss. I got so good at it that I was faster then the computer. (My nick name back then was Jonny Fever...long story that...hence, Feve-Toss)

Similiar story to yours...I was up at (What is now the Brunswick zone) on 75th street in Downers Grove. They had just gotten Street Fighter II Turbo on a big screen (Mitsu 50" with controllers about 6' away). Behind the players there was a crane game that had a mirror on it's back panel. I would crouch down behind the control panel with my arms crossed, and play Blanka in the reflection of the Crane Game. Then when people got pissy because I was showing off, I'd ask them to pick a button and only use that button.

Anywho, back to MKII. Mike Vinicour (I think I spelled his name right) was one of the #1 game testers for Midway back then, and we played together all the time at Just Games. He and I felt throwing was part of the game, and if I remember correctly Boon and Tobias put a code in there that when you typed out something on the controls, the game would say something like "Throwing Encouraged" and would yell something in mine or Mikes voice. I forgot even what it said...just something simple like "YEAH!" or "Take It!"

I need to look this stuff up again...it's sad that we had access to all this stuff, and I can't remember any of it anymore....

OK, Wink needs to buy an MKII machine, STAT!

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Similiar story to yours...I was up at (What is now the Brunswick zone) on 75th street in Downers Grove. They had just gotten Street Fighter II Turbo on a big screen (Mitsu 50" with controllers about 6' away). Behind the players there was a crane game that had a mirror on it's back panel. I would crouch down behind the control panel with my arms crossed, and play Blanka in the reflection of the Crane Game. Then when people got pissy because I was showing off, I'd ask them to pick a button and only use that button.



OK, Wink needs to buy an MKII machine, STAT!
I remember that machine at what used to be called "NuVision". That was one of my hangouts when I was a young punkass skater from Downers South.

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NuVision! That's what it was called!

Man, I'd forget my head if it weren't attached.

I'm looking for the Throwing Encouraged code for MKII, and I can only find the Throwing Disabled. Bah!

A side note: My friend Mike from Midway introduced me to the #1 play tester for all Midway pinball games. He can go up to any Midway Pinball game made in the 90's and tap a code in using the flippers, and the game says HI to him, then gives him some free credits! He also showed me this code (that I've long since forgotten) that when you tap it into the machine shows jokes and pictures on the dot matrix screens on the backboard...like "When Cows Have Chainsaws" or something where it would show Texas Chainsaw Cows with skin masks and weird stuff.

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True what Ken said...

As for Thumbs...that's why I have a full sized (well, lap sized) controller with a Playstation plug on the end. And I have an adapter that will turn Playstation Controllers into USB game pads so I can use the same full size controller on the computer for MAME. I'm pretty sure it was made by Pelican, and only cost me $50. I'm pretty sure they made an X-box version.

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True what Ken said...

As for Thumbs...that's why I have a full sized (well, lap sized) controller with a Playstation plug on the end. And I have an adapter that will turn Playstation Controllers into USB game pads so I can use the same full size controller on the computer for MAME. I'm pretty sure it was made by Pelican, and only cost me $50. I'm pretty sure they made an X-box version.
yea
i have thought about doing that
havent played around with it in a while
... it might be emotional.. but it's different playing on a real machine...
the click of the buttons..
jamma boards play a little bit different...
the real controllers... that dont move...
i dont know
i like the real thing.. and like i said.. it might be some emotional throwback thing.. but i feel like playing some old school fighting games...
and as soon as i get out of this condo.. i am going to buy them
almost have a # of times

but... on another note
wife was talking about wanting to move to HK for a year or two...
ugh..
I dont think
a: we'd have a big enough place in hong kong to do that
b: that id want to be moving them back and forth.. kinda a long trip...

she said HK for Frankfurt...
maybe Frankfurt
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Well, if you find an MKII or SFII machine, drop me a line and we'll get some Old Skool gaming on! I fully understand what you mean about the full size games. I had 7 full size games and 2 Mini (not cocktial but half size) games that I rescued from Just Games when they closed. I missed out on Smash TV and that one football one with the robots (I forgot what it was called), but got Crackdown, Asteroids, Omega Race (full and mini), Millipede (full and mini) and some others I don't recall. One was a generic cabinet with a quick release tray that you could pop a Jamma game in there in seconds. I had two sets of full size controllers I could swap from on that universal cab.

you have to understand, I was living alone, in a one bedroom apartment...so at the time, I could get away with it. Now...not so much.

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Fun Zone closed years ago that was my spot as a kid. Enchanted Castle is closed as well. I thought there was one somewhere around harlem and 55th st but i don't remember the name.
The fun zone by lane tech? I use to go there after they closed down the smaller arcade right across the street from Lane. Man memories... I use to pwn the shit outta everyone in KI and MK.

I use to frequent: Dennis's (both of them), Diversions (was my main hangout), Time Square... Me and my buddy use to own most .. if not all of the regulars that went there. Much later, I started going to the place across from Lane (my high school) and then Funzone. We use to play at the JJ peppers across from lane where the currency exchange is now as well.

Fuck!! Life was so much simpler then.. I got a 20 dollar a week allowance and I would take it and get 10 dollars in quarters.

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