BURN YOUR XBOX! COPENHAGEN'S RETRO GAMES ARCADE

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When gaming meant getting up and leaving your house.

Video arcade games had their golden age during the 70s and 80s with games like Donkey Kong and Space Invaders. Gaming was a social and competitive activity back then that mostly took place in amusement arcades and required pocketfuls of coins to operate the games. Ever since the introduction of video game consoles, which began with the NES and its iconic first game Super Mario Bros, gaming is a mainly solo pursuit and the video arcade games and pinball machines that so many people grew up playing have all but gone extinct. As these games died out, superseded by the consoles, the culture and community of arcade gaming died with it.

Just off Norde Frihavnsgade in Ostebro, north Copenhagen, there is a basement shop that would go unrecognised if it were not for the open door and instantly recognisable pings, clacks, and beeps of an arcade. This is Chassis Arcades, the first and only traditional amusement arcade in Copenhagen. The small basement shop that they use is filled with as many video arcade games they could get their hands on, regardless of condition. Run by volunteers and arcade enthusiasts the shop has three pinball machines and 14 standing arcade games including Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Super Bomber Man, Gyruss, and Bomb Jack, to name but a few.