Arcade Ambience

Arcade Ambience:
"As a child of the 80s, I will never forget the feeling of walking into a crowded arcade -- the sounds, smells, excitement, etc. This page is dedicated to recreating the audio portion of that experience in the form of a long, non-looping ambient audio track."

But tell me more about the smells!

Current Music: simulated video games in the background

12 Responses:

  1. bifrosty2k says:

    Think BO and hotdogs!

  2. Don't forget sweaty palms and teenage pheremones...

  3. pvck says:

    So has anyone done any serious research into HyperSmellTransferProtocol? Reek Over IP? TCP/StenchP?

  4. king_mob says:

    The tracks themselves are fucking fantastic! I'm listening to the 1981 mix right now.

  5. sir5yko says:

    smells like teen spirit

  6. cyeh says:

    I too was a child of the 80's and hung out in arcades a lot. In 1985, I got a job at Stockton Golfland. Golfland was two parts water park, three parts mini golf, and two parts arcade. I worked there and at an underground arcade in Stockton at 'The Land of Oz'. I held the Golfland job for three years, the Oz job for three summers, going back and forth.

    The smells he alludes to were real. In the summer time it was the smell of chlorine, sweaty palms and in the case of Golfland, fake cherry fruit smells eminating from the Icee machine.

    The wintertime was worse. When it rained people would drag the smell of it on them and into the arcade. The entire place would take on this stuffy, wet rat smell as people packed in, standing three deep around a Gauntlet, water dripping off of them and onto other peoples feet. The wet puddles were then ground into the tile, releasing the smells of dust and old spilled sodas.

    The 'Oz' arcade smelled of smoke occasionally as it wafted from the nearby bathrooms.

    Later on Golfland got a snack bar up front near the registers, adding the smell of burritos and Nachos to the mix.

    Nowhere was the smell stronger then when you opened up a game for maintenance. Musty smoke and dust and Icee, mixed in with that smell of burnt dust from the hot powersupply with the faint smell of the Pine Sol we used to clean the floors with.

    The thing that he's missing in the soundtracks is actual music from the era.

  7. cyeh says:

    I used to close Golfland a lot, which meant that I was there until 1 am, listening to the ambience for eight hours. As I was drifting off to sleep that ambience came back and played in my ears. I swear to God. That's when I knew I was spending too much time in an arcade. When the swirl of sounds enters your subconscious it was a sign that you should cut back.

  8. romulusnr says:

    i knew there was something missing about modern arcades, but couldn't put my finger on it.

    now, when you walk into an arcade, you're bombarded with technopop, glorified demo music, and even sickly sweet Jpop (thanks DDR).

    what I wouldn't do to have the Pole Position bleeps cut through the arcade-discotheque noise once in a while.