Yesterday Ruben and I had a much anticipated visit to Nottingham's Video Game Arcade, I read about it in March when it first opened and Ruben has been desperate to go ever since. We were going to visit in May but then when we met with Ruben's friend S and her mum at the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff and when I mentioned about it they were eager to visit too. So we postponed our visit to coincide with them seeing as they had to travel 180 miles and it was only less than 40 for us. Its funny how you don't always visit places that are practically on your doorstep. We used to go to Nottingham a lot when the children were younger-and back when we used to enjoy designer shops!-I'm really not bothered about that kind of thing now but I appreciated the variety of alternative shops, and I know the girls would have too.
Hubby dropped Ruben and I off at the train station, something I haven't done since Piper was taking part in the WW2 archiving project and we had to get the train every fortnight. It was a really easy journey in and only 10 minutes walk from the train station to the arcade. We managed to walk straight past Ruben's friend S and her mum, who were sat waiting outside a cafe, I think Ruben was so eager to get inside!
The lobby area was full of arcade games and Ruben was so excited to see the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game that he and hubby had only been talking about recently! I bought our tickets which at £15 for both of us were really good value, considering we could come in and out all day and as we were there from before 11am and didn't leave until 5.30pm we definitely got our monies worth! Ruben managed a very quick play before his friend arrived and I checked out what games were playing on the three floors of galleries:
Ruben was so excited to see he could play Splatoon, he's been talking about that game for months and is already planning on a new WiiU for his birthday in November. Ruben bought his friend S a really cool cuddly Dalek that also talks-all the staff thought it was fab and I think Ruben will now be after one for himself lol! Ruben and S excitedly headed up to Gallery 3 on the top floor to play in the Minecraft marathon room. It was a really cool set up in there, Ruben was so loud-he's so used to being in his own room I think he forgets how much noise he makes when he gets excited-but the lady in there said it was fine she was used it! So I left him to it whilst I chatted to S's mum who has blogged about our visit already here.
I think it was hard at first for Ruben to play anything for too long, he wanted to play everything all at once and so was jumping from game to game! He liked the Wii bike and is a big fan of Mario Kart too.
Ruben excitedly got to play Splatoon on the WiiU
Its so funny that you can buy Minecraft cardboard heads now, Ruben made one by hand with the help of his dad back in 2013 which you can read about here, this is what he looked like back then in his hand made creeper head;
And this is him yesterday in the blue screen bit with his friend S:
Ruben really loved this game, I can't remember what it was called but basically you can build an obstacle course with all sorts of different objects-toothbrushes, tennis rackets, dustpans etc and then you use the xbox 360 controller to move cars that are projected onto the white board on the floor. Its funny when your car gets trapped inside the rackets!
Gallery 3 had several cabinets with things in and I spotted this Sega Saturn which I'd seen on a tv program recently as well as Nintendo Gamecube controllers and an original Tomagotchi!
Bailey has used one of these Occulous Rifts at college, he said it made him feel a bit sick! Their very expensive..
Took this for Cordelia as she and Ruben are big Zelda fans-Ruben actually has that hat!
For Bailey who is a huge Halo fan....Master Chief's helmet
This was Gallery 2 where the jump exhibit is. Its a really great open space and even I (with my rubbish video game skills) had a go, seen as it was a simple jotstick and one button even I could manage it!
Ruben liked this Donkey Kong arcade game and I liked the wall decal :)
So many shots of the back of Ruben's head.....
I thought this hallway was so fab, I have some of these gilded style frames at home but thought it was such a good idea to frame screens with different characters on, you could make them jump by pressing the buttons underneath..
We ended up going for another Minecraft marathon session, Ruben and S usually only play Minecraft whilst skyping the 200 mile distance! We talked to all the staff members and by the end of the day they all new us or of us, they were so friendly and I managed to get lots of advice and info for Bailey who is studying Games Design at college with the prospect of following on to University, lots of the staff are Uni students studying computer science/games design. We even got chatting to one of the directors who asked Ruben and S for their advice on his Summer Holiday leaflet. Ruben was so confident talking to him and even directing him to another part of the gallery to show him something that he might want to add on the leaflet! I love that he is so confident speaking to adults even when he doesn't know them.
Hands down the most fun game for Ruben was Guitar Hero! We used to have it when we first had a Wii console but he didn't play it that much, he become totally hooked on it during this visit though and has already requested it for the Wii at home...
We had lunch in the Toast cafe-which as the name suggests served toast or toasties. I had a really lovely cheese toastie and Mocha but Ruben didn't enjoy his ham and cheese toastie so we popped out to the little Sainsbury's next door and he had a pizza roll instead followed by ice cream in the sunshine.
He was really reluctant to leave, even when S and her mum had left to drive the 5 hours home, so we had one last game of Guitar Hero before heading to the train station. I think he could have easily arrived at 10am and have been there till 6pm. We had a great chat on the train home and he's very eager to take his best friend R there and also show hubby the TMNT arcade game so don't think it will be long at all before we are back with hubby and Bailey in tow. I'd highly recommend it to anyone with video game fans!
Hubby had a busy day doing both our gardening and his grandparents with the help of Bailey. The girls headed off into town after Hubby dropped them off with us at the train station. They had a really fun afternoon apparently.