Parazol Studios Hosting Custom Arcade Art Show During February's First Friday
Paredes says that he and Bracamonte are hoping to feature the artsy cabinets (as well as a dozen other classic games) at a combination bar and arcade they're planning to open somewhere in the downtown Phoenix area within the next year.
The establishment will differ from other local arcade-themed nightspots, like CityScape's Gypsy Bar, as the focus will be on old school games instead of high-end entertainment and redemption machines. Paredes says they've already secured a liquor license and are scoping out potential locations along both Central and Seventh avenues.
He adds that they're hoping that the Artcade show will help build interest and raise funds for their barcade project. In addition to showing off the two dozen redecorated arcade cabinets, the show's opening reception on February 1 will also feature music from DJ Melo and performances by local bands.
A Street Fighter II tournament is also planned for the opening and will pit 20 competitors against one another in what's sure to involve plenty of hadoken fireballs and dragon punches being unleashed. High score battles on some of the other games will also take place.
All of the games will be set to free play mode during the event, Paredes says, so those eager to mash some buttons and partake in the thrills of pixilated pwnage can save their spare change or possibly donate it to the barcade project.
"That's one of the main reasons we're doing this art show," Paredes says. "We have all the games and most everything else we need to open the barcade. The only thing we need is some investors and some cash to carry us through the next year once we open."
The opening of The Artcade Show takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, February 1, at Parazol Studios. Admission is free. More details can be found on the event's Facebook page.