EUGENE, Ore. – A popular ‘90s game is making its way back into the hearts of gamers. Sunday, Level Up Arcade in Eugene held its first pinball launch party.
Gamers spent Sunday afternoon reliving their childhood with the revived game. Participants took part in a competition while helping a good cause.
“It’s something I loved when I was a kid. It’s great to be able to do this and have new generations of people and the old timers that remember from being a kid,” said Joshua Docherty, owner of Level Up Arcade.
Level Up Arcade attracts hundreds of gamers every day. But Sunday was a cause for celebration with their first-ever launch party to show off the new Aerosmith machine.
Competitors traveled from across the Pacific Northwest to attend the nationally-recognized pinball tournament.
One competitor was Clark Davis. He’s been glued to pinball machines for 44 years. He said tournaments and “barcades” like Level Up saved the pinball industry.
The Aerosmith pinball machine wasn’t the only game rolled out Sunday.
“We are helping rescue animals and doing something positive in the community just by playing that game, every quarter that goes in there goes directly to them,” Docherty said.
A partnership with Pabst Brewery and Level Up Arcade produced another special pinball machine for charity.
“They’ve helped us get this machine to specifically donate to Luvable Dog Rescue, which is a cause close to my heart,” Docherty said. “These are great people in the community that we are able to give back to. All the money that is going into that game is going right to that charity directly.”
Docherty said Level Up Arcade is a place where gaming gives back.
Level Up has two tournaments every month. One has a buy-in to compete nationally. The other is strictly for charity.
Docherty said each time a machine is dedicated to charity; they raise hundreds of dollars just from quarters.