Adventure Thursday!: Logan Hardware

On today’s edition of Adventure Thursday!, my esteemed colleague Cory and I set off in search of a magical land of 8-bit graphics and catchy booping tunes. And boy, did we find it.

Pins! Balls!

Pins! Balls!

We came, we saw, and we played the hell out of some arcade games.

Not that kind of hardware

Not that kind of hardware

Logan Hardware is located at 2410 W. Fullerton, just west of Western. It’s an inviting little store with big windows, warm wood floors and pleasant lighting, boasting a wonderful selection of new and used vinyl, some CDs, and even some old cassettes and 8-tracks. They also carry a selection of amusing novelties, from board game keychains to Run DMC plushies.

You thought I was kidding

You thought I was kidding

But this wasn’t the reason we had ventured to Logan Hardware. No, we were searching for something I heard tell of weeks earlier–the arcade game museum, full of free-to-play games.

Though a small Mario Bros./Excitebike machine hangs out in the store, the rest of the games are in a dark room in the back, behind steel doors that seem like you’re entering into a different dimension. Not ones to be exploitative jerks, we purchased some goods to support the place (including portable Settlers of Catan zomg), after which the sales clerk told us, “Just so you know, we’ve got a number of games in the back for free if you’d like to play.”

“Thank you so much,” we said. “We would love to.” And we entered a land of milk, honey, and joysticks.

The sound of 8-bit angels singing...

The sound of 8-bit angels singing...

The game selection at Logan Hardware is pretty excellent–there are several pinball machines, Atari games like The Tempest and Tron (spinny knobs! seizure-inducing graphics and colors!), as well as an emulator that allows you to scroll through a massive list of games that can be played on a single machine. There was, of course…

Green archer needs food badly!

Green warrior needs food badly!

As well as some more questionable titles…

Moderately offensive exciting game action!

Moderately offensive exciting game action!

And of course, things more substantially significant to my own childhood experience…

"You're toast, toitles!"

"You're toast, toitles!"

All in all, this week’s Adventure Thursday! was quite a success (including coming away with albums from the Rentals and Mucca Pazza)–these are going to be displayed in conjunction with writing/blogging, so expect to see something on Drawing Coffee by the week’s end related in some way to glorious arcade game inspiration.

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About Chelsea
I'm currently pursuing my MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My ideal career path involves using writing, publication, and writing education to enact progressive social change.

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