10 Best Arcades in L.A.
|Inside James Games in Upland|
We crossed the county line to check out James Games based on the recommendation of a friend and almost missed the place. Hidden in the back of a small, Foothill Blvd. strip mall, this is a small space crammed with games old and new. When we stopped by James Games, a small group had turned up for serious rhythm gaming in the form of a Technika 3 tournament. The young players worked with their heads down, lightly tapping the music notes that floated down the screen. James Games appears to have tournaments regularly, so follow them on Facebook to keep up with the schedule.
364 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland.
3. Family Fun Arcade
Not to be confused with Family Arcade on Vermont, Family Fun Arcade has been a go-to destination for casual and hardcore gamers in the north San Fernando Valley for ages. In fact, it's the spot that my friends and I occasionally hit up after school back when Street Fighter II was all the rage. This is primarily a fighting game outlet, home to many different incarnations of Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom as well as newer genre games like BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
I've been here on the weekends and, while it's not as packed as it was in the early 1990s, it still draws a really good crowd. FFA hosts casual gaming nights and tournaments, as well as special events like a Q/A session with Skullgirls co-creator Mike Z. Sadly, FFA is set to close at the end of this year. Valley residents, stop by with a roll of quarters before it's too late.
10363 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills.
369 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA