Dave and Buster’s is finally open at the Tempe Marketplace! I’ve been anxiously awaiting its opening since it was first announced over a year ago. I had been to one in Chicago years ago and it was a blast. Fun atmosphere, good food, lots of great arcade video games, pool tables, skee ball, etc. and best of all you can take your food and drink (including alcohol) anywhere you want. I finally checked it out this week and it was gametastic!
Arcades are difficult to find these days. I remember when I was a kid it seemed like every mall in America had an arcade, and it was my job to see what they had and if it was worth going back. As home video game consoles got more advanced and televisions got bigger, arcades started closing.
These days there are only a few places in the East Valley worth visiting to get your “coin-op” game fix (although now instead of using quarters you swipe a plastic card). Two of the best places are Golfland SunSplash in Mesa and Gameworks in Tempe. Both have a good variety of games. Gameworks has more and better games and also serves food and alcohol-if you stay upstairs (lame). At Dave and Buster’s you can take your food and drink, including alcohol, anywhere you want (very cool). During my first visit I got some food and a game card, which is sold as a combo deal, and played games for about an hour. It was great. The food was good, the server was cute and friendly, and the gameplay was sweet. Lots of great new and old games to choose from. I wanted to compile a list of all their games to share with you, but I was too busy playing and having fun. Maybe I’ll do it when I go back because I know I will be visiting that place a lot.