Tag: Games

Arcade Youtube Videos

I recently started watching some arcade videos on YouTube and got Sam hooked on them as well. Here are some examples of the videos we have been watching.

There is something zen about watching other people play arcade games especially the coin pushers.

We decided to give it a try ourselves. I grew up going to playing video games (still do) and going to arcades. Nice to see some more modern larger places like Round 1, Dave & Busters, and GameWorks keeping the arcade alive. Sure we played in the arcade when we visited the Great Wolf Lodge from time to time, but walking into a building dedicated to arcade games was a blast from the past. The sights, sounds, and smells, it was like I was a young boy again. I am glad that I have the opportunity to share that with my daughter, now if I can just talk her into only playing games that payout the most tickets.

I’m still not sure about this new UFO catcher claw machines. I don’t like limiting my potential prize winnings to one or two items and I wish they worked like the old ones I am used to. My claw reflexes kept tapping the second arrow instead of holding it down.

We will be going back for more Arcade fun in the future.



We have recently started playing a new board game called Takenoko

Takenoko is a game about a giant panda and a gardener. It is super fun and newbie friendly. It may look like a cute kids game, but there is a huge amount of strategy involved in this game. You choose how you want to win by farming parcels of land, irrigating the land, and growing green, yellow or pink bamboo. In turn, the players see what the weather brings and can perform two actions, either: grab a new plot of land or irrigation channel, grow bamboo, feed the panda or draw an objective card.

The players take the role of courtesans of the Nippon emperor and take on the role of caring for his Giant Panda by growing a bamboo plantation.

Their mission: to The game ends when a player has completed 7 to 9 objectives (depending on the number of players). The player who gets the best score by adding the total value of their completed objective wins the game.

Takenoko Board Game At Amazon

Takenoko at BGG

See it played on Tabletop here: