PGP Logo   Header Image  
Video Games
Peter Cullen
Search Archives

December 2021
September 2021
August 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
January 2021
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March 2019
October 2018
September 2018
July 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
January 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
September 2016
July 2016
December 2015
February 2015
December 2014
June 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
April 2001
Toughest Man in the World
Featured Links
Mars Gazette
Cool Toy Review
Final Girl
Fans of Pheyden
Retro Treasures
download novel
Funspot - Weirs Beach, NH

I am a huge fan of arcades. Having spent much of my youth bumming around the local arcade Challenges in the Willow Grove Mall, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I was immersed first-hand in what (I would later come to learn) was sadly the decline of the original arcade industry. The transition to more 'violent' games rang in the end of the 'classics' and the notion of the dreaded 'family fun center' or 'kid gambling' as I always thought of it, took over arcade by arcade like a blight. I still always had an amazing time, getting to play, Smash TV, Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (beating which with best friend Ryan was a weekly ritual and a $20+ habit), and the sit-down Afterburner, on the rare weeks where the hydraulics were actually working. My arcade often had a few fun new pins as well - playing the Terminator 2 machine to coincide with the release of the movie was particularly memorable! It is therefore always very exciting to find and visit a surviving arcade, so many years later.

This brings us to Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. Not only does the boardwalk in this small resort town feature several perfect classic boardwalk arcades, with some real vintage machines going strong, but there is also a labor of love not many miles up the main road. If you aren't an arcade enthusiast you likely have not heard of Funspot, but the Guinness Book of World Records has, as it holds the title of the largest operating arcade.

They have a truly intelligent business model - wherein under one giant roof exists bowling, skee-ball, redemption (shudder), a bar, retro-mini-golf, and the American Classic Arcade Museum. While the rest of their facility is plenty of fun, and you could spend many a happy hour rolling for the pins or throwing a skeeball to win some tickets, exchangable for groucho glasses or a spider ring, the real key is that classic museum. And, as with any good gaming museum, the machines are all playable. When coupled with their fantastically easy to obtain coupon, you get so very much playing time and entertainment for $20. Better still, you know you're helping to support a truly important endeavor for fans of history, fans of gaming, and fans of the last 30(+) years.

In 2008 I visited and secured permission to snap some photos of their classic arcade. While I didn't get every shot that I had hoped, being not yet as well steeped in the rigors of Toy Fair and other convention photography skills, I did manage to get 150 images, mostly singles, of their huge collection. Given that I don't even have a picture of all of the classics, let alone the pinball machines, that gives you an idea of scale. Looking at the huge set of wonderful imagery, I honestly didn't know how to organize it, so I have simply thrown them all on a page to be enjoyed. I've added titles to the first 30 or so images, but for now the rest are left as an exercise to the reader, which I highly encourage you to be! I may be fortunate enough to make a return trip to this important location sometime this year, and will hope to return with an improved and updated photoset. Add this one to your list of places you simply must visit if you have ever been a fan of the arcade.

(I adore this image - click for larger view)

Posted by charlie on June 25th 2010, 07:40 AM
Share on Twitter Share

You are not logged in - please enter your username and password along with your comment. (Register Here)

Toy Catalogs

Toy Catalogs
Magazine Archive

Magazine Archive
Featured Toy Lines

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Air Raiders

Masters of the Universe Classics

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Nasta Reactors

DC Universe Classics

Indiana Jones by Hasbro

New Additions
Play Meter Magazine: April 15, 1985
Play Meter Magazine
April 15, 1985
The Pinball Trader: July, 1986
NASA Marshall Star Newsletter
December 03, 1980
The Pinball Trader: July, 1986
The Pinball Trader
July, 1986
IEEE Internet Computing - July/August, 2005
IEEE Internet Computing
July/August, 2005
Barbie Club Japan - Spring, 1991
Barbie Club - Japan
Spring, 1991
NASA Station Break Newsletter: June, 1991
NASA Station Break Newsletter
June, 1991
Countdown Magazine: December, 1990
Countdown Magazine
December, 1990
The Bisquick Banner: March/April, 1984
The Bisquick Banner
March/April, 1984
NASA Activities Newsletter: September, 1983
NASA Activities Newsletter
September, 1983
Egon: w/ Symmetrical Book Stacking
w/ Symmetrical Book Stacking


Toy Fair 2019 

Toy Fair 2017 

Toy Fair 2016 

Toy Fair 2014 

Toy Fair 2013 

Toy Fair 2012 

Toy Fair 2011 

Toy Fair 2010 

Toy Fair 2009 

Toy Fair 2008 

New York Comic Con 2008 

San Diego Comic Con 2008 

© 2022 ParryGamePreserve