25¢ A PLAY: The Art of the Videocade

25¢ A PLAY: The Art of the Videocade

Peekaboo Gallery’s debut show was entitled, “25¢ a Play: The Art of the Videocade”and it recreated the ultimate 1982 mall arcade experience.

Arcades in the late 1970s and early 1980s hold a particularly endearing sense of nostalgia for the American way of life. Like shopping malls and roller rinks, they were safe, isolated oases where kids with a reasonable amount of money, could spend hours un-chaperoned amongst their peers in the fleeting but fantastic light of electric competition.

This landmark celebration of classic coin-op video arcade games and pinball machines featured an extraordinary experiential installation. For the first time in an organized presentation, extremely rare, original Atari commercial artwork was on offer. These included everything from scarce prototype console concepts to final Atari cartridge box art. Along side the unprecedented collection of art, was a top-shelf offering of original, commercial arcade games. Guests enjoyed the opportunity to view, play and purchase well-loved and rare titles such as Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Pac Man, Zaxxon, Tempest, Tron and Space Invaders. Also on offer was rare, early titles such as the notorious, 1976 Death Race driving game by Exidy, which started the “violence in video games” controversy. Another rare title was a gorgeous, working example of Atari founder, Nolan Bushnell’s, COMPUTER SPACE from 1971. This legendary artifact is credited as being the world’s first commercial coin-op video game!

25¢ A Play: The Art of the Videocade, showcased the greatest arcade games of the 70s and 80s and the best collection of 8-bit amusements, art and ephemera ever seen on one place.

“With Peekaboo Gallery’s premier exhibition, we hope to kindle that fondness both first, second and even third generation gamers have for the vast world of gaming. This multi-billion dollar industry is intrinsic to modern culture and has far reaching influence in our society. From phones to consoles, from movies to fashion, video gaming is bigger today than it has ever been. With our first presentation, we hope to celebrate the cultural flashpoint of this universal phenomenon known as the gaming world”

Peekaboo Gallery owner, Jordan Reichek.