The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

October 24, 2009

Is the Arcade Dead, Or Did it Just Sell Out?

Filed under: Bellevue, Games — Brian Lutz @ 8:46 pm

As some of you might recall, it was just a couple of months ago that I was lamenting the decline and fall of the video arcade.  At the time, I had no idea that there was anyone out there with the chutzpah to bring an arcade back to the Eastside, much less to put it right in the heart of downtown Bellevue.  But much to my surprise, just a few weeks ago it was announced that Lucky Strike Lanes in Lincoln Square (the Eastside’s only bowling alley with a dress code)  would be expanding to add an arcade called Power Play.  Even more shocking than the very existence of an arcade in this day in age is the price tag, purported to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million.  Of course, when you’re located in some of the costliest real estate in a town that’s getting pretty costly as is, expectations are going to be pretty high for a place like this.  Does Power Play deliver?  To be honest, I’m not so sure.  I’ll elaborate on this, and take a look at some of what passes for arcade games these days, after the jump.


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