A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at Funspot in Laconia New Hampshire. More specifically, at the American Classic Arcade Museum which is on the upper floor. For those who have never been to Funspot, they have the most amazing collection of 1980’s arcade games and I had a blast playing Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and many others.
This journey to Funspot was motivated by an event that happened earlier this year. My local historical society showed ‘King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters’ presented by none other than the current world record holder at Donkey Kong, Robbie Lakeman. Robbie is a super nice person and it wasn’t long until arrangements were made to meet up a Funspot to play some games.
Robbie & Mark with my Donkey Kong PK cartridge for my Atari 7800
Robbie ended up getting to Funspot about half an hour earlier than I did and had already started playing Donkey Kong. It didn’t take too long for him to get to level 22 where an overflow condition causes Mario to be killed. Robbie had made sure to save some lives, so he was able to demonstrate the kill screen three times. This was something that I had only seen in the movie and YouTube, so it was super cool to see it on a real machine.
Mario at the Level 22 ‘Kill Screen’
Brian Kuh, who now lives nearby Funspot and played a prominent role in ‘King of Kong’, also came over and played some games. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Brain and Robbie and they were both humble and happy to share their gaming experiences. Just before I left, Brain and Robbie teamed up to play the latest incarnation of Space Invaders.
Brian Kuh and Robbie Lakeman playing the latest incarnation of Space Invaders
We all had a great time and I can’t wait to meet up again and play some more classic arcade games!