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Chinatown Fair - The Lost Arcade
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This one is for Prof. and all others who've lived in or remember New York and its legendary Chinatown Fair arcade. There were about five threads where this could go, but I decided that taxidermy wasn't my strong suit and entrust it to the Gods of Random Thread. [b] MAOUBLOGGING VOL. 3223: LET'S ALL WATCH "THE LOST ARCADE"[/b] I just saw [URL=https://www.facebook.com/ArcadeMovie/]The Lost Arcade[/URL], which chronicles the community and final days of the Chinatown Fair arcade. It benefits from the fact that the directors weren't associated with the scene but followed it like anthropologists because they found it interesting. This resulted in a film that I think anyone can enjoy: colorful characters like "Mahvel Baby" Yipes and the famed Marvel 2 scene are there briefly, and while this would have been a fun focus, instead it's really about the sense of community, respect, and play that brought people together...and it's a better film. It's centered on two employees, one coming from a shattered family background who found his new family there, and the other who recreated the community in the new Brooklyn Next Level arcade when the OG Chinatown Fair closed, plus the kindly old Pakistani-American man who ran the place. He wasn't a gamer himself but fixed all the machines and created a self-regulating community where kids could meet...so much so that I never noticed him in real life. Pretty interesting. Happily, the directors were able to extend filming not only when the successor Next Level opened but when Chinatown Fair itself did under new family-focused management. Impressively, the directors give the new Chinatown Fair owner a fair shake: he's a gamer himself from a different generation, and he ended up making a brighter place where a different crowd could create their own new community--more welcoming to girls now and a music game focus. There's room for both. I don't think a (disappointed) person from the OG scene could've shown this, and it improves the film. There's also some amazing archival footage of early Chinatown Fair and the days of the huge early Times Square arcade scene (!?!) and the music is great. There was a Q&A and I asked if they'd be sharing it outside the US since it's interesting not only as a nostalgia piece but as a record of a certain community and culture. I think Tokyo's Mikado scene or others would dig it. Even if you get to meet certain top players at Evo or Tougeki, you're probably not likely to have the chance to really see someone's "hometown dojo" like this, whether you're from the old Sunnyvale scene, Tokyo, Europe, or elsewhere. Plus, seems extra fitting with arcade-less SFV and Daigo mentioning his worries about not having an arcade scene to train with. Sounds like they'll send it to Asia at least. Bug them to bring it to your town! Oh, there is a [URL=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmO51CIp67E]trailer[/URL]!
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