Whether you’re an ex-pat in Berlin or just passing through, if you’re someone who enjoys communal gaming, you might have noticed that Germany doesn’t seem to have virtually any arcades.
To most passionate nerds’ dismay, arcade culture has completely vanished from the German gaming scene, sometime in the early 1980s. The German government had pushed for a law to restrict access to any arcade games for young adults under 18, legally putting them in the same category as slot machines. The reasoning behind this decision was that arcade machines are supposedly targeted specifically toward exploiting adolescents and perpetuating the consumption of harmful, violent forms of media. Quite the big accusation, for someone that just wants to indulge in a couple of rounds of Dance Dance Revolution.
Whether we will ever be able to have a proper arcade in Berlin is uncertain, but in the meantime, we may provide some relief! Here are our current top 5 picks of how to get your gamer on, when in Berlin!
At the top of our list is probably the closest thing you’ll find to an arcade, and it’s targeted towards all kinds of gamers; the LVL World of Gaming in Berlin. LVL is a multi-media gaming venue, fully equipped with the latest technology and games for you to get lost in. A VR-area, an esports arena, an inhouse movie theater for private big-screen gaming sessions, and an arcade-games section. While it doesn’t provide the typical feeling of an arcade, it does come with all the classic arcade games for you to play, completely free of charge!
A Maze. is an annual “international festival for arthouse games and playful media.” If you are a fan of everything VR and experimental, you will love A Maze.! The festival perfectly merges gaming culture with the artistry of the Berlin scene and offers musical entertainment alongside all your nerdy needs. In 2022, A Maze had it's first in-person event in 2 years.
While Berlin may not be able to satisfy your craving for a nostalgic arcade experience, it certainly doesn't fall short of innovation when it comes to communal gaming.
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