Site Name: Games Arcade – Laser Force.
Location: 133 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
Date Visited: 13/03/16
The Games Arcade is a popular attraction for children and is often used to host birthday parties. The Games Arcade is situated in an old warehouse, which after speaking with the arcade owner we discovered has a lot of history. Originally the building was built for the Wellington Local Government Milk Department in 1930. At the time, the building was also used for Dairy Industry Milk Transport. During the 1980’s the building was owned by Capital City Car Parts. During 2006, the warehouse was renovated into a kids playground known as Little Monkeys. This venture lasted approximately 18 months. The games arcade/laser-force opened during 2010 after it relocated from Courtney Place.
Fig. 1. Wellington Local Government Milk Department 1930, Games Arcade. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.
Fig. 2. Dairy Industry Milk Transport, Games Arcade. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.
As you enter the games arcade you are greeted with classic toy and candy machines, bright flashing lights, and a range of loud machine effects. The arcade hosts over 50 games, both modern and vintage, which suit the old warehouse style of the building. A visual language that caught my eye was an instructional poster that was stuck to multiple machines. The poster read, ‘’Out of order, waiting for the game doctor’’, and featured a simple, humorous illustration of a game machine with facial features. The simplicity of the poster suited the vintage feel of the arcade and the humour is perfect for the intended audience (young children).
Fig. 3. Spider Stompin’, Games Arcade. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.
Fig. 4. CarnEvil, Games Arcade. Personal photograph by Kate Arbuckle. 13 Mar 2016.