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ConsumerWatch: Bay Area Brothers Look To Revive 1980s Arcade Games

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A 1980s-era video game machine. (CBS)

A 1980s-era video game machine. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Two Bay Area brothers are on a mission to restore old video arcade games from the 1980s for a new generation to enjoy.

Tim and Seth Peterson are the founders of All You Can Arcade, a company that rents out refurbished machines for $75 a month. The brothers said it is a better, and greener, alternative to where most machines end up now.

“They are getting stripped and sent off to landfills, and it’s horrible,” Tim Peterson told KPIX 5 Consumerwatch.

The machines, which feature games such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Killer Instinct 2, are proving popular in Silicon Valley.

“I’ve told everyone we’re getting something, but I haven’t told them what,” said James Cook of software company, Aconex, which is expecting a delivery soon. The company plans to allow employees to play the arcade for free as a way to bust stress.

In addition to placing old machines with new customers, the business also helps arcade owners rent out their machines. “There are thousands of arcade operators who are just struggling with the business because the coin-ops stopped earning. So, if we can allow them to transfer to a rental market, then we can help thousands of people save their businesses. That is our endgame,” said Seth Peterson.

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