Saturday, October 16th, 2021 

Chinatown Fair Arcade Documentary by Red Bull Gaming

  

Red Bull Gaming recently uploaded a short (but sweet) video documentary on the history of the iconic Chinatown Fair arcade. Like many other popular arcades across the country, New York's Chinatown Fair was a meeting place and battleground for many old school members of the FGC. The video doc features commentary by several FGC veterans from the East Coast, including: Hoa "Anakin" Luu, Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez, Chris "Kreymore" Landon, Josh "Nerdjosh" Jodoin, and Joe "Long Island Joe" Ciaramelli. Watch the 11-minute video documentary below, and continue scrolling down for some additional fun facts about NYC Chinatown Fair along with some photos.
 

 
Chinatown Fair originally opened in 1944, operating as a penny arcade and small museum for many decades. In the 1970's, it officially became a video game arcade. After decades of being in operation, the arcade unfortunately closed in February 2011, but reopened in May 2012 under different management.
 

 
TFG Webmaster Frank Joseph at Chinatown Fair (2017).
 

 
Also from the East Coast, I was frequent to at least 10 popular arcades across Florida, all with vibrant and passionate communities of fighting game players (who don't get talked about or recognized very often). I have family in New York, so I frequently traveled there as well (but didn't get to experience much of the FGC scene there, unfortunately).

Back in 2017, my wife and I took a trip to NY to visit family and plan our wedding for 2018. One day we took the train to NYC, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this legendary arcade still open (and pretty crowded)! I was also surprised to see they had a working arcade cabinet of TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2: Unlimited. (Of course I played a few rounds.) Red Bull Gaming's documentary brought back good memories so I thought I'd share these photos with you guys. More photos from my trip are posted on Patreon.
~TFG Webmaster, Frank Joseph | @Fighters_Gen

 

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