Arizona’s arcade ruins

Gaming, Technology

The “Modern Ruins” series of posts over at io9 just pointed me to the depressing “Video Decay” photostream on Flickr from photographer Thomas Schultz. The poor condition of these Star Wars and Zaxxon cabinets just about sums up the sad state of arcade gaming in America today. (Has anyone ever played Bandido?)

Flynn’s Arcade, preserved beneath a mere layer of dust and billionaire broken-home tears, this is not.

Schultz lives in Surprise, and it looks like the photos are from somewhere in Arizona’s 928 country.

See also: Where have all the arcades gone? Phoenix blog helps you track them down

About Jayson Peters

Nerdvana's founder and owner. A former East Valley Tribune copy editor, page designer and website editor, he is now Digital Editor for The Pueblo Chieftain in Southern Colorado, a web design instructor at Pueblo Community College and president of the Southern Colorado Press Club. He has contributed to the popular GeekDad blog and taught online media at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, his alma mater. Lifelong Star Wars fan and Trekker who also worships all things Tolkien and Doctor Who.