A modern day arcade
They say find a job that you like and you’ll never work a day in your life. For Michael Arucchio, every day feels like vacation.
For over half a year Arruchio has been the owner of “The Revolution,” a store that specializes in buying, selling and repairing old video games and gaming platforms.
“Retro is hot right now. Everyone loves going backwards,” he said.
However, he didn’t stop at just doing transactions, he wanted his store to be a place for young people and children to hang out and try out what they like.
Not too long ago the only way to play video games was to go down to the local arcade and spend tens of dollars stuffing your favorite machine with quarters. Arucchio figured that it’s something worth bringing back.
That is how “The Revolution” was born, a modern day arcade for the kids that missed out this experience. A place where you can play anything from the classics, like Super Mario on Super Nintendo, to the newest Playstation and X-box games, such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and everything in between.
Arruchio’s goal was to create a place for the community with the feeling of a Mom and Pop store.
“It’s all about the customer,” Arucchio said. “What I want is regardless.” He wanted it to be this way, because he hated the way employees made him feel when buying games from places like Game Stop.
The owner spent a decade working for big companies before he decided he had enough.
He used his own experience from corporate business to create a store where none of the rules of big companies apply and the customer is always right.
Raised as the son of a pharmacist, Arucchio was often left in charge of the drug store his father owned. He always liked working with people and doing retail, but continued on to study music.
He graduated from music school as a jazz composer. “Music was my life for a long time,” he mentioned. However, he couldn’t find a way to turn his love for it into a career, which allowed him to make a comfortable living.
That’s when he turned back to his roots of retail and combined it with his passion for video games.
As much as it is about fun, the store can also get pretty heated up and competitive. There are tournaments in all kinds of genres where players race or fight against each other to be the champion.
The store has only been around since September 2013, but already there have been more than 130 winners. There are prize incentives for the victor, but most of the kids do it for bragging rights and the opportunity to defend their title at the next tournament.
Go over the leaderboard with pictures of all the winners and there is one face that stands out. Reginald Titus has been dominant at one of the more popular games there – Super Smash Brawl. A game that includes many of our favorite characters pitted against each other in a king of the hill type battle.
“I come in here to beat people and get my ego stroked a little bit,” he joked when asked about all the pictures of him on the wall.
Along with the competitions the store also holds birthday parties and private parties. There are even bachelor parties celebrated there at times, which only proves that when it comes to video games, there is no age limit.
The place has a unique mixture of old and new.
In some corners it looks almost like a museum dedicated to the history of gaming, with old controllers and consoles hanging on the walls and displayed in cases. Cassette games that have long disappeared from the public eye are sitting on the shelves, stacked by the dozens.
On the other hand you turn to the gaming pits and you’re faced with shiny and slick looking 52” TVs, comfy chairs and the newest platforms available on the market. It’s a gamer’s heaven.
Arucchio prides himself in the fact that his store doesn’t specialize and show preferences. As he says “I do a 100 percent of video games, any time, any where, any place.”
Most of all he is satisfied with the fact that his approach is completely different from the corporate stores and doesn’t even try to compete with them.
It’s all about the experience of a modern day arcade, a revival of a dying breed.