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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Primark Retro Arcade Collection Comes to Boston

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Primark Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

My teenage years started in the late 1970s. I spent much time in the arcades of the era where games like Space Invaders were a favorite of mine. They only cost a quarter per game. I even discovered a trick that allowed me to play some for only a penny per game. The circuitry wasn't that smart back then but my arcade days probably was a reason I ended up playing with computers so much. Jump forward about forty years and what's old is new again as vendors like Nintendo reintroduce their classic gaming consoles.

To help people remember their gaming youth, the folks at Irish clothing and accessories retailer Primark have introduced a retro arcade collection of clothing, primarily targeting men. And you don't really have to be that old to enjoy the clothing collection.

I recently visited Primark's Downtown Crossing location in Boston to check out the offering. At just $7 apiece for many of the t-shirts, I could have easily bought one of each. Most shirts featured the character or screen from your favorite games like Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, and Space Invaders. Also featured were early companies and gaming systems, like Atari, the Game Boy, and the Nintendo 64. There was even one box cover on one of the shirt designs.
In addition to t-shirts, there were socks, sweatshirts, and some boxers, too. All were very reasonably priced.
My favorite part of the setup was the free arcade machines you could play. Of course, I chose Space Invaders. I easily got the high score. I'll be curious to see how long that lasted, though I suspect they turn the machines off at the end of each day. I'm not sure if the machines are a "permanent" part of the store section but you could play Pac Man, too, on a second machine. I noticed the occasional younger kid playing the games but they typically didn't keep their interest long. Most of the players were older men, like myself. If my eleven-year-old could be used to help explain the reasoning, he commented about the horrible repeating audio track that just kept going and going and going.
If you do stop by the Downtown Crossing store in Boston, go up to the 3rd floor for the Men's Department. Then, to help you find the arcade clothing section, follow the Pac Mac ghosts and dots on the floor, to the immediate left when you get off the escalator.

For me, I grabbed two shirts while there. The long sleeve Space Invaders shirt was $14. I got that purely for the arm graphics. Too hot to wear that now with the 90+ degree temps. The second one I purchased features the Nintendo 64 name and logo. I wanted to get a third but the Donkey Kong screen one wasn't available in my size and I almost bought a couple of shirts with the game names spelled in Japanese characters.

If you or your significant other is into gaming, you really need to (have them) check out the arcade collection. The kids will get a kick out of the clothing, too, though it most likely won't be available in their sizes.

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  1. How cool! I would spend hours in there, getting all nostalgic for the ‘80s (which was the BEST decade!)

  2. Space Invaders was my favorite game.

  3. Pretty awesome!! love those leggings and that t-shirt you had one, very nice!

  4. I can relate. I became a teen in the mid-70's. Those were the days. Thanks for posting!