Subject: Arcade Exterior

Apparently Aleatoric Architecture

Tateishi Segafront’s a weird design mashup: 1930s Art Deco cinema entrance, 1940s militaristic stars and 1950s sailorboy babystripe, silver starshooting hopes of the spaceage 60s, bubblebumped 1970s lavalamp blobs, and Sega’s 80s iconography superimposed off-centre.

Apparently Aleatoric Architecture

Sonic Boom, Sonic Bust

Sonic turned up in 1991. Flash, spicing up the playground, giving gangs of tough kids chance to gather round a gritty, grown-up renegade (a blue hedgehog in red trainers).

Sonic Boom, Sonic Bust

Videogame Vérité

Arcade pilgrims to Japan expect Disneyland: a grand culmination of a ceremonial journey. But while the Magic Kingdom gates are marked by fronds of palm, the line between Arcade and notArcade is so fine it disappears.

Videogame Vérité