Southend is a great place to be if you’re a gamer. Especially if you’re the old school kind who loves going to the seafront with pockets full of coinage to be guzzled away by all those fun and enticing amusements. It was once an integral part of gaming culture. Now it’s diminishing in generation iPhone, where instantaneous access to games is making the age old tradition of the arcades die out. Even the elements hamper business with the flooding that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at Happidrome in 2013. Southend however very much keep this tradition alive despite the changes in trends. A plethora of entertainment awaits for those seeking a fun day out. It’s what the town is built upon, as a location for frivolity from the hard grind of city life that is under an hour away in London.
On Southchurch Road in Southend on Sea there is unique arcade called Astro City. It has plenty of arcade machines for any kind of gamer and boasts a wide variety of games. It won’t be much of stretch to say that Astro City is the best Arcade in Southend and even claims the title of “The home of modern music gaming in the U.K” with it’s impressive selection of rhythm games. What really makes Astro stand apart from the other arcades at the seafront is that it’s community driven. The Lock-Ins that take place every weekend make this evident. They consist of paying a small fee to gain unlimited access to not just the arcade machines but consoles as well. If arcades are going to prosper in the 21st century then they need to be have the fresh innovative outlook Astro City has. Breakthrough Gaming was lucky enough to talk to some of the guys that keep Astro going. You can also check out the full length extended interview here