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Upgrade Your Game Room: A Guide on Buying Arcade Cabinets

A game room, man cave, study, etc., is a time-honored tradition that most of us either have, or fantasize about having–our own personal hideaway where we can bring escapism into a living space that allows us to leave stress, work, and the whole world behind.

I bet that if you were to think about it, you’d know exactly what you’d want to put in a game room of your own. Some would want to buy original arcade cabinets, which get pretty pricey, but some just want to have the atmosphere, or are on a tight budget so that option may not work for them.

Now sure, you can bargain hunt on eBay or craigslist, and you can stake out storage auctions, but it’s going to take a lot more time than you may realize, and most people have access to the internet these days, and thus, know what novelty items such as original arcade cabinets can sell for. When that happens, you’re left trying to haggle down to a good deal and those conversations are always tricky.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to play every PS4 game you own on a cabinet? Or maybe you have small children who may come in to play and you don’t feel like getting a stool out for them to stand on. Maybe you want a more modern arcade experience complete with skee ball and coin change machines.

I am going to present you with a few options that you may not have considered before. (Special note: this is not a sponsored article in any way. This is just one gamer recommending sites to fellow gamers! Please enjoy.)

#4—Game Room Guys

Game Room Guys is a company that sells everything you’d need if you wanted to build your own complete arcade as a business, or for personal enjoyment. They have traditional arcade cabinets, air hockey tables, foosball, pinball, ping pong, change machines, ATMs, everything you can imagine.

Got an old arcade cabinet that you want to fix up? They sell parts too. The actual cabinets range from about $2,400 all the way up to $35,000 if you’re looking to add the new Halo: Fireteam four-player set up.

Get their cabinets here!

#3—The Pinball Company

The Pinball Company is in the same vein as Game Room Guys. The price range is about the same, with a heavier focus on pinball machines, but that doesn’t mean they are limited on cabinets at all.

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The organization of the web page is, in my opinion, a little nicer than that of Game Room Guys, and going through their catalog, they have a nifty mechanical Pong game that’s designed like a coffee table. It’s beautiful to look at, and if you’re paying $4,000 for a game that you’ve seen every version of since the ‘70s, it had better be.

Get their stuff here!

#2—Rec Room Masters

Rec Room Masters is, I think, the most interesting one on the list. The company designs plug-and-play classic arcade cabinets that you can connect everything from a Raspberry Pi to an Xbox One X into. A bare-bones cocktail cabinet will run you $600. Prices go up from there depending on what style you want and if you want custom pieces. The one big drawback is that they don’t come with monitors in the cabinets, so you’ll have to pick up your own for the machines, but pay attention to max fitting sizes for each design.

Get their awesome stuff here!

#1—Arcade 1Up

By now it’s pretty unlikely you haven’t heard of Arcade 1Up.

This is the ideal option if you’re on a tight budget or you have small children, which tend to be hell on joysticks and buttons. Prices range from $250 to $400 depending on cabinet and retailer. Arcade 1Up cabinets feature a selection of classic games, but they are also smaller than a normal full-size cabinet, which may feel awkward. There has been a Walmart exclusive Pac-man edition in the past, so it may be best to see what they have on offer before going anywhere else.

These are just a few of the many options the World Wide Web has available. Which one will you pick?  Personally, I’m going to make some plans for the Rec Room Masters. I always wondered what Hatoful Boyfriend would look like in an arcade cabinet. It’s too bad I won’t be able to recreate the disgusted stares of strangers as I date a bunch of pigeons. I guess disgusting my family will have to be enough.

Find their stuff here!

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