Prize Zone Arcade

Robin Benbo, Journalist

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   In our dirt town where typically us teenagers have nothing to do except for boring school stuff, we finally have a new place to hangout and have some fun for once, The Prize Zone Arcade.

   Prize Zone is a fitting name because they have many awesome prizes; things like Funko Pop figures, plushies, candy, drones and lots of other fun things which come from Rhode Island Novelties.

   Every Saturday the Prize  hosts a pool tournament. The winner of the pool tournament gets 100 free tokens, second place gets 50 and third gets 25. Typically there’s seven to thirteen participants but it varies.

   The arcade out here opened on June 26th, but arcades and gaming are nothing new. In 1972, Allan Alcorn released the first arcade game, Pong, and with it, started the worldwide gaming phenomenon. Now there are many kinds of games: e-games, video games,  board games, and still the beloved arcade games.

   The biggest arcade in the world is located in New Hampshire. It’s called Fun Spot and has been deemed  “Disneyland of New Hampshire” by Christine Cook. Along with their over 600, arcade games they also have  an 18-hole indoor mini-golf, a huge free party room, 20 lane bowling center, and bingo.

   E-games are huge nowadays with millions of players and thousands of tournaments. The biggest E-game tournament in the world was in Seattle, Washington in August and the prize pool was $24,687,919 with over 12,000 viewers.

  Along with the pool tournament, the Prize Zone have many other events. For Halloween, they handed out double tokens and gift bags for the first 50 children who came in costume, and half-priced Funko Pops. The Prize Zone also hosts birthday parties, everyone gets 50 tokens and a meal from Pollo Ranchero.

    The arcade does stay true to vintage gaming, having a few older games.  A Namco machine called “The Class of 1981” has Mrs. PAC-Man and Galaga. They also have a Frogger machine which is another game game from 1981, and air hockey tables which debuted in the early 1970’s.

  As the Prize Zone gets more popular, they get more games. Doug Bale, the owner of the Prize Zone said that about 80% of his ideas for what games to get come from YouTube, watching the children playing the games, seeing the payout, and seeing how much fun they are. The other 20%, he said, comes from the magazine Play Meter which has polls to see which games have the highest earnings.

   The arcade is a really fun place for people of all ages to hangout, kids, teens, adults, everybody! If you’re looking for some good family fun or you’re a bored teenager who hates Pahrump because there’s nothing to do, go check out the Prize Zone Arcade!

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

9 Responses to “Prize Zone Arcade”

  1. Jazmine Cook on November 16th, 2017 8:35 am

    I love the story. You have a lot of interesting facts that I had never heard of before.

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  2. Maddie Dunn on November 16th, 2017 11:38 am

    Lots of good information. Try and keep the focus more directed at the place itself but other than that you made me interested in going. Also should have got pictures of the tournament in action would have looked really nice in the article.

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  3. Rob J on November 18th, 2017 2:17 pm

    Great article! Kids of all ages hope that this arcade stays in town!

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  4. Mary Quinteros on November 21st, 2017 10:42 am

    This place looks really fun and I can’t wait to go and have a blast. This article was really well written and it makes me want to really go and be a little kid again.

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  5. Desirae on November 21st, 2017 10:45 am

    I like the topic of the article.

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  6. hyidi wood on November 21st, 2017 1:35 pm

    This is really great information. im glad we have this now. Now my two brothers and sister and i wont be bored

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  7. Dominic Juranty on November 22nd, 2017 9:21 am

    I’ve never been to the arcade but I am going to soon, but where is “Pollo Ranchero?”

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  8. Nevaeh Black on January 19th, 2018 1:34 pm

    I loved it. It was laid out and described very well. Keep up your amazing work!

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  9. Emma Deroque on January 19th, 2018 1:55 pm

    Your article was very entertaining to read. I also learned a little bit about the history of arcades, which was very interesting. I never really thought about how arcades came about, but this article got me interested in learning more about them.

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