In a little town called Mclean, Illinois, approximately 50 minutes drive north of Springfield, one can find an old fashioned arcade emporium. John Yates, the founder, first started collecting arcade games in 1986. By 2009 he had one of the largest collections around. He decided to devote his professional life to building an unrivaled arcade attraction in McLean, Illinois a town with approximately 793 residence.
There are approximately 100 arcade games that can be played and over 40 pinball machines. There are two buildings housing these machines and right now John Yates is in the process of opening up an underground “game dungeon” that will house many of the “spooky” themed games in his collection.
This is designed to be a Family attraction. It is safe, clean, and affordable. Games are priced the way they were when first released, so over half of the games are still 25 cents, and the rest are 50 cents or 3 plays for $1. Nothing over 50 cents.
There is no admission fee and the place is open Friday-Sunday, unless one calls ahead and make a reservation for a party or as in our case for a camera club meet-up. ( https://www.vintagevideogames.com/ )
Last night was our night to get those cameras out and shoot away.
The hardest part of this shoot was trying to get rid of the glare. But boy what a fun, fun place to be. By the way that jukebox, the Wurlitzer, sure sounds great!