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Published On 01/19/2012 Published On 01/19/2012

Homaging the days when "you would give anything to get your three initials on the High Score game screen" (whoa -- anything within reason, JRT -- hands off the joystick), Rusty Quarters is the TC's first entirely throwback video gamery. The android-blasting, hammer-chucking Lyn-Lake space is stuffed with quarter-play classics, plus there's a buy/sell cartridge store, which, if interpreted wrong, could lead to a vastly more brutal version of Big Buck Hunter. Get over there and:

Play: All the high scores on their ever-growing arsenal of all pre-2000 games are tracked online, with titles including the iconic Ms. Pac-Man, Asteroids, and Frogger, as well as deeper cuts like Burgertime, which presumably involves dodging/jumping over acquaintances at an NYC cocktail party while moving your pixelated Sarah Jessica Parker towards her beau.

Buy: There's a strict ban on all disk'd games (shame on you for even asking...disk disk! Sorry), but they'll buy your shoeboxes full of old NES, Sega, and Atari joints (they'll pay from one to five bucks), or go and make someone else a five-dollarnaire by purchasing classics like Mario Bros, and horrifyingly unclassics like Friday The 13th.

...Get Married?: For $100-200/hour, you can just rent the place out for yourself, and soon, as the owner's "updating his officiant license", even get married there, though that will make you feel even worse about what you have to do to get on top of that leader board...

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1. Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum 818 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Homaging the days when "you would give anything to get your three initials on the High Score game screen" (whoa -- anything within reason, JRT -- hands off the joystick), Rusty Quarters is the TC's first entirely throwback video gamery. The android-blasting, hammer-chucking Lyn-Lake space is stuffed with quarter-play classics, plus there's a buy/sell cartridge store, which, if interpreted wrong, could lead to a vastly more brutal version of Big Buck Hunter.

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