I think the reason many start collecting classic games is for the nostalgic factor.
Sure the games themselves are great, but allot of that nostalgic factor is how they made you feel, back in "the
For me it was the hundreds of, now classics machines; for the younger, perhaps Mortal Kombat, and the Street Fighter
get the nod on being the next collectable arcade machine.
Ether way, both the young and the old shed a tear as Fun N Games Closed after 33 years of service, on Saturday
November 24, 2007.
There were only 3 arcades I called home in the 80s and they were, (in order of patronage),
Game Town in Pinebrook, NJ, Fun and Game in the Willowbrook mall in Wayne NJ, and to a lesser degree, the Chuck
E Cheese that boarded the Willowbrook mall. There was also a small arcade named the Purple Room inside the Willowbrook
mall, but they were overshadowed by Fun N Games size and offerings.
Game town was closest to my house and I soon learned that there were trails through the woods that would make a
3.7 mile bike ride much faster on the mini bike
Although Game town game and went without a digital reference, a friend on mine documented the building, pre and
post Game Town. Click here for that picture, and the token on that page lives in my wallet :-)
Fun N Games was still possible by bike but the round trip was 25 miles. None the less, visits weekly were always
Looking around the room the day of the auction was a bit eerie. Looking through "80s eyes" I remembered
where all the Pac men sat, how Gauntlet sat at the end of the row as myself and 3 friends augured about who shot
the food, or watching the monitor mounted above Dragon Lair so all could enjoy the travels of Dirk. I played Venture,
Zookeeper and Mouse Trap here for the first time. I also played my only Crazy Climber cocktail here (until buying
the one I now own).
Looking around in 2007 the games had changed but the memories remained. The sign outside was the same, the neon
in the mall still lit bright, and the decals on the door were no doubt, 33 years old. Now, without a lease from
they mall, the choice to move on was forced on them and inspired the sale of the location.
The Auction was run by Super Auctions and was listed as a Private auction, meaning that you needed to be invited
to attend this show. I got the feeling that they later opened up the show to the public as they change the info
on the web site and there were signs inside to alert the public of the show. None the less, I recognized a lot
of the faces attending, and most of them were operators or others in the business.
The other unusual thing to this auction is that it was a catalog auction. For those unfamiliar with catalog auctions
vs. the "normal" way amusement auctions are held I will explain the difference.
The normal way auction houses hold shows is that you file into a room with rows and rows of machines, and the auctioneer
starts at the beginning of a row and zig zag up and down till everything is sold. The equipment is never in order
by Lot # and there is never a list of what is available for sale.
With this show, we were handed a sheet of everything for sale listed on the paper and all items were auctioned
in numerical order. After the preview period, the games were shut down, and the auctioning began.
Below are the prices of the more important things. Since this was an absolute auction EVERYTHING was sold, from
arcade machines to office desks. From change machines to the trash cans. From the phone system to all the parts
in the back room.
Fun N Games promises to open up again someday and invites them to follow them via their website.
Thanks Fun N Games for molding my childhood…. You will be missed.