High Score: Vancouver’s first retro video game lounge that is 420-friendly

High Score: Vancouver’s first 420-friendly retro video game lounge

High score is Vancouver’s 420-friendly retro video game lounge. Situated at 649 East Hastings, it’s got thousands of old school games from all the traditional systems along with pinball and a few standalone arcade machines like the mythical Galaga and Pac-Man from the 1980’s.

Cannabis Life Network geeked out with Jeremiah, the operator and owner of High Definition, over the era’s best video games, the distinction between modern and retro games, the nostalgia factor, and how Jeremiah hopes someone will challenge his high score on Galaga.

Cannabis Life Network: First off, the “High score ” name is great and the idea is so cool. What inspired you to start High Score?

And I didn’t just love the games, I loved the true physical cabinets because they’re so beautiful! .

I’ve been mildly obsessed with them my entire life, so I’ve always had it in the back of my head to start an arcade and just preserve a few of these gorgeous pieces of gear that are so rare these days.

Especially here in Vancouver, there’s just a whole lack of places to visit play vintage video games in an arcade-like setting.

High Score is basically a place I built that I’d like to hang out at and we’re really trying to keep that 80’s retro feel and it’s a good deal of fun.

We’ve got vintage candies as well. They & rsquo; re 5 pennies due to inflation, although they used to be penny candies.

You mentioned the vintage candies- are you thinking of stocking edibles as well or are you going to stay away for now just because they aren’t legal yet?

Edibles have always been hit and miss for me at the other stores like Cannabis Culture, and while we have some edibles but we try to stay away from baked goods because a lot can go wrong if they’re not made correctly.

I’ve just been opposed to having edibles because there’s no food-safe system setup yet. I understand they’re coming and I know a good deal of people who do produce their stuff at food safe kitchens, but I’d be more comfortable if those systems are more in place before moving into edibles and having them available at High Score.

When you state the edibles may not be made correctly, were you talking about allergies?

Precisely. Nut allergies are a big deal and it doesn’t require much of to be in there for this to be a massive problem. That’s a big liability and if we don’t have a procedure to look at those products to see that they are what else and what they say they are, it & rsquo; s hard for us to function.

But that’s just more of a personal philosophy and I believe in the future it will just be like any other product.

At High Score, what are your personal fave games?

My favorite favorite game by far is Galaga, so we’ve actually got a full-sized regular 1981 Galaga original arcade machine. I’ve currently got the high score on it but I’m hoping for a challenger to come and beat me. I’m sure Vancouver&rsquo.

We’ve also got The Simpsons pinball as well from 1990 that’s amazing.

I’ve also got a retro 4-player arcade stand-up that has thousands of games on it like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and all those terrific 4-player games.

I imagine that some of these machines can be very tough to get. Which one was the toughest?

I believe I was lucky that I happened to hit on him up at the right time. He had a lot of machines that are amazing and I got.

I had it in mind to get a Pac-Man plus a Galaga and I had been thinking of getting a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles full-size stand-up but like you mentioned, a lot of these games are very tough to get and you kind of have to choose what’s out there.

In the united states, there’s none of those problems but getting them across the border is its own difficulty.

Well I was hoping to get one of those 4-player Turtles machines but to get one here in Vancouver was impossible, I couldn’t find one anywhere.

Instead, I’d Retro or Die, a local company that produces custom machines, build me a machine that has thousands of games on it. It’s a setup and it’s got you and TMNT can play it like the machines.

It is an emulator. It contains all the emulators of all the main systems so that you can play Nintendo, Super Nintendo, or even things like Sega Game Gear and older systems like Gameboy Color- it’s fully loaded with all those games and it’s pretty much a gamer’s heaven.

What are a few of the earliest games that High Score has?

Well Galaga and Pac-Man are both 1981, so they’re both pretty old. We’ve also got an Atari 2600 console and that’s from 1976 or ‘77- it’s got 120 games including Space Invaders and since its the Classic System, it’s got wireless controllers too!

But they look just like the original joysticks and it’s like playing it back in the 70s, except it’s on a enormous TV.

So you’t got games from the late 70s, but what time range are you going for? Are you going as far as newer or the Super Nintendo era?

I think the Super Nintendo is the most current system that we have, so the 16-bit era is about as far as we’re going for the second at High Score.

Of course we’ve got arcade games like Marvel vs. Capcom and some of the more recent fighting games- they’re all available in our arcade standups.

But we don’t have any PS4’s or Xboxes or anything like that.

We’re certainly going for that nostalgia thing and we’ve got a big Pixel wall too and we’ve got all these LED glow cubes you can sit and we’ve got a wall built with 25 of them that we can  make into Tetris patterns and it looks pretty wonderful.

We’ve also got a cool bar, which is basically our dab bar, and it’s pretty 420-friendly.

As well as the dab bar, would you have vaporizers and will you roll and smoke joints and all that?

We’re 420-friendly in all regards, just like Cannabis Culture’s vapor lounge.

If I had to give my top 5 favourite games… oh jeez.

That’s kind of why I chose those that we’ve, I wanted a Pac-Man and I wanted a Galaga, of course- Galaga’s my number 1.

I always did love TMNT 4-player, that’therefore I got the 4-player system.

Some of the classics on consoles too. I’m a huge Super Mario Bros. 2 enthusiast. I don’t understand why it stands out but we’ve been playing with with the Super Mario games a lot re fun.

Basically, I targeted precisely what I wanted and we’ve got all those original games. We don & rsquo; t have it and if a gamer wants to play with a vintage game, there are ways to get it and find it and we&rsquo.

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What was your favorite console?

When I was a child that was my console and I remember going to Zellers with my father to purchase an Atari 2600 but that the Nintendo Entertainment System was seen by us and we had to get that instead.

We weren’t sorry about that because it was the greatest system and it was such a gamechanger. It had all the classic games like Zelda and Metroid, which were some of the biggest games of my childhood- I spent a lot of time!

I believe there’s a simplistic beauty- or gorgeous simplicity- to those games. Like Tetris, it’s not much to look at and it doesn’t have mad 3D images, but there’s a perfection to it just the way it is and I believe that’s part of the beauty of a number of these old games.

In the new console era, they’re designing games where children will sit down and spend hours and hours playing to really get into those games you need to dedicate some serious time.

In my life I don’t really have that time to devote to it and I kind of like playing those games that last a couple moments to 15-20 minutes at most if you’re really good at it ’s fine to play a game where you don’t have to spend a heck of a whole lot of time and energy on it and just have some simple fun with it.

Which makes sense. And they’re kind of like a reflection of their era in that manner.

Totally. And the nostalgic value, for me, is huge. There & rsquo something cool about these little tidbits of other people and my own & rsquo; s history and it brings you back and makes you feel like when you’re a child.

There’s something amazing about that in itself and it feels good.

When it comes to the difficulty levels do you feel older games are often harder and more unforgiving?

Before they had consoles were very quick because you didn’t need these lineups where guys will play for 6 hours.

Obviously that’s not very cost-effective when your business model is quarters.

It’s an hourly thing here at High Score. A few of the games are on coin-play, but just a few of them. It ’s a cover charge and you get access to a console rental and the games is included in that cost together with access.

So for the coin machines, how much are they?

Quarters. We re going old school. The standup arcade machines are 25 cents although is 50 cents.

How many pinball games do you have at High Score?

Now we’t just got The Simpsons pinball and I’ve been looking at getting more but we just don’t have that much more space and pinball machines take up a lot of it.

We’re going to have to make some room if we’re planning to fit any more in there.

Come on down to High Score and have some fun!

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