Kickin’ Video Games Old School Style

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Okay, so Miss Pop Rocks isn’t one to shill for any corporate interest (although she loves drinking Tab, renting from Netflix, and reaching climax at Target). However, she has to take a moment to shamelessly promote one of the way coolest places in town,



Apparently it’s been around for a million years, but only recently have I come to realize the magic that is…Joystix. Here’s the deal. On the first and last Friday of every month, you can show up, pay $15, and play unlimited old school arcade games until two in the mornin’ yo yo yo. I’m talking Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man (and his better half, Ms. Pac-Man), Centipede, not to mention a whole bunch of other ones including driving games that I cannot play without feeling like I’m going to throw up. Oh, and they got pinball games, too. Could I possibly get a hell, yeah?

Video games the way they were meant to be played are back, my friends, and Joystix is the place to make it happen. Even cooler, there’s a bar attached, so you can get semi-loaded while getting crazy on Burger Time. Yeah, you heard me…Burger Time. Take that, Mr. Pickle!

Even though plenty of ladies represent at Joystix, what’s the most fun about going is watching men in their 30s and 40s (Mr. Pop Rocks included) revert back to their junior high days, complete with an inability to focus on anything around them as they play maniacally, reduced to only answering in monosyllabic grunts as they aim, shoot, and fire. Women are able to drink, chit chat, and play at the same time, but those of the male persuasion simply cannot. The last time we went, Mr. Pop Rocks was shocked that he’d only had one beer over the course of several hours because he’d been so obsessed with some pinball game. (Note to Joystix: To increase profits, consider selling those helmets with beer cans attached like they do at football games.)

At any rate, you know I wouldn’t trick out some place just cuz. I get no money or freebies from Joystix. I just love the way it makes me feel like a kid again (corny, but whatever). – Jennifer Mathieu

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