Introduction – Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Androo. I have been a passionate gamer since I was 5 years old. My first ever console was the NES and the first games I ever fell in love with were Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, and Excite Bike.
My partner Mishelle and I have been together for almost 13 years. We have a 10 year old son named Yoji (he has pronounced it Yoshi since he was young which we haven’t corrected…) and we all live together just outside of Glasgow, Scotland.
As well as being a huge gamer, I have a slight obsession with Japanese culture. I still haven’t had the opportunity to visit but I will make it happen one day.
You are opening R-CADE in Glasgow – tell us more about it!
R-CADE Glasgow is a retro video game arcade and instant ramen bar!
Our Japanese style ramen bar is complimented with hints of modern pop culture and offers a range of imported instant noodle pots to choose from. We will have all of the best selling snacks from Asia including Pocky, Hello Panda, and many more. Plus we will provide all the best Asian drinks available like Ramune Soda, Pokka Milk, or exotic Fanta.
Games consoles from the last 5 decades will be set up and ready to play, housed in our custom built arcade style display cabinets. We will hold monthly tournaments, crafting classes, art exhibitions, repair and refurb events, and kids clubs too. We also hope to show anime, movies, and gaming live streams on our big screen projector as well.
We open on January 20th 2018 and to celebrate our launch we have 3 special one hour sessions running between 12pm and 3.30pm that day. Each session includes free play in the arcade section, a free ramen pot, free snack and free drink plus a free gift. Tickets are available via Eventbrite up until midnight the day before.
What line-up of consoles and games will you have available?
At the moment we have a collection consisting of the Atari 2600, NES, Master System, SNES, Mega Drive, PS1, Saturn, N64, Dreamcast, PS2, Gamecube, Xbox (Original).
The Atari, NES, and Master System are permanent fixtures whilst the other consoles rotate through the 4 custom cabinets we have just now. Three of the cabinets I created are able to support 2 players with the biggest cabinet specifically designed to support 4 players at once. We also have consoles from the last generation available (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360).
We began cataloguing our games library this week and are on the verge of passing 500 titles. We have everything from common games like Sonic Adventure or Tekken 2, to more obscure Jap only titles like Battle Dodge Ball Tokyu Gekitotsu or Kinnikuman Nisei.
What made you decide to open a retro gaming venue?
R-CADE began in May 2016. Originally I wanted to build arcade cabinets that contained retro games consoles. It was a way for me to put my collection on display whilst keeping my consoles available to play at any time. The other benefit was that I could use original CRT screens to make the gaming as authentic.
After building two concept units and displaying them in a local gaming cafe in Glasgow, I sought to start my own arcade. This was something I had dreamed of since I was a teen and after 9 months of planning and research I finally secured funding and found the perfect premises.
When asked why I started R-CADE I tell people that the main driving forces behind my decision were my desire to stop working for large faceless conglomerates, my passion for Japanese culture and computer games, and the basic need to do something that I enjoyed every single day. Will it be worth the risk? Only time will tell.
Will you be hosting any tournaments, one-off or regular events?
We will of course have standard tournaments representing the top competitive games in genres such as fighting, racing, sports, etc. We will also have theme nights celebrating the history of certain franchises or publishers; in which we will put on a range of games from throughout the years.
We plan to do a kids club in the afternoon during the weekends for younger gamers (our son has already suggested Minecraft build-offs, perfect for any 10 year old). We also have plans for events focused on the repair or refurbishment of retro consoles, where anyone can bring down their hidden gems and get them up and running again.
Personally, what’s you own fondest gaming memory?
My best memory would be of playing Micro Machines Turbo Tournament with my 3 best friends on the Mega Drive after school every day. We would all bring individual controllers to one of our houses, fire up the J-Cart and battle it out for hours. Local multiplayer is such a huge part of my childhood that I had to start a business which celebrates it in the truest way possible.
And your favourite game and console?
Favourite game = Portal (although Final Fantasy VIII comes close)
Favourite console = Sega Mega Drive
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