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Season 4 - Episode 412 - 1/04/2013

Dream Arcades on Shark Tank Season 4 episode 412
The Ultimate Arcade Game
 What do you get when you combine an entire arcade from the 80's with today's technology? You get the ultimate Dream Arcade with over 200 games built into the same console. Could it be that your favorite games (and the consoles we used to play them on) are making a comeback? For years the arcades have continued to shrink in size to the point where you can now have more games then the biggest arcade in the world right in your back pocket. The games of the past are so simplistic compared to the games of today that nobody even wants to play them any more much less play them standing up staring at a big screen 2' away. Right? We'll not according to Dream Arcades that manufactures old school arcade's with new school technology.

I can still remember like it was yesterday. I would pick up my paycheck from a local restaurant I worked at as a teenager and head right across the street to the mall where my Dream Arcade was located.
My favorite games were Pac Man, Pin Ball and Galaga that I could play for hours at a time, always trying to beat that high score. Most likely I probably paid for a few of those games from my meager salary but constant playing, because yes, I was hooked.

Fast forward 30 some years. Just a few days ago on Christmas Eve (of all days) my kids were searching on their Wee gaming console for a new game to down load. Of all things, they chose to buy another old school game, Mega Man. They have all the latest consoles by all 3 makers and both have laptops capable of playing any online game that's been made, and yet, they sat there for hours playing a game from one of the first gaming consoles ever produced for home use.


What Goes Around - Comes Around

The moral of the story is that History always has a way of repeating itself. The entire arcade industry has gone through many changes over the years to the point that actual arcades have almost become extinct. Why on earth would anyone ever want to play an old game standing up staring at a big screen when they could be sitting on the couch with their little wireless controller?
It's because there is NO comparison. You may be playing the same game but it's just not the same. You can never replicate that feeling on any other platform

Bringing Original Arcade Games To The 21st Century!


Dream Arcades manufactures original big box arcade games and packs them full of 21st century technology. Instead of just one game to play you have over 200 classic games built right in and ready to play. You can even download more game pack's to play more current games as they become available. For you older kids looking to fill your Man Cave, what better form of entertainment then one you used to play so many years ago, especially if this arcade just so happens to have a beer tap built right into the machine.

How Much Does a Dream Arcade Cost?

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Several Dreams Arcades To Choose From
Dream Arcade has 6 models to choose from including the stand up classic cabinet models, to the sit down bar styles and even an upright one for your favorite shooter games. The original Cabaret Arcade retails for $2299 (on sale for $1899) with several add on options available. While their newest Arcade, the Dreamcade Vision 32, retails for $3199 (on sale for $2699) featuring a 32" LDC monitor and over 200 pre packaged games ready to play.
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Sit Down Version of the Kegerator
What about the Dreamcade Kegerator guaranteed to be a hit at any party? Interestingly, this particular arcade you will need to call them to order at this time. Something tells me that the Kegerator will make it's Debut on the Shark Tank and the one that gets the Sharks attention. Take that same idea of a keg built into an arcade game, using the same space, and what else could you turn your arcade into?
Specialized? Yes. But it's still a cool invention.

Will the Sharks take a bite out of bringing back the old school arcades and making them popular again? You can bet that all of the Sharks at one time or another have been in an arcade and played at least a few of these games. Bringing back the past (with today's technology) just might be a good investment for the future. The interest may be there but will the financial numbers make sense to invest in the Arcade Business with other alternatives available? A high price point in a specialized market may limit the over all return the Sharks are used to.
Then again, put a coin box on them and they would pay for themselves in no time.

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2 comments:

  1. This is a great article. I have been looking for arcade game machines for the lobby of my business. I really like the idea of the all in one game. This way I don't have to worry about which games to get. Thanks so much for this post.

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  2. Terrible idea...so gimmicky. The beauty of modern game machines is that you can play on a 50+ inch LED HDTV that outputs 1080p, or in the future, 4K resolution. This thing would explode if I tried to run Battlefield 4 on it.

    Don't like the concept, don't like the technology, and don't like the "needing of a Co2 tank".

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