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HAVE FUN: Four Ways to Celebrate Video Games Day in NYC

Over the past few decades, video games have transformed the way we play. From pixelated ping-pong to immersive universes with lives of their own, games have undergone some of the most disruptive shifts in any medium. We use them to socialize, to tell stories, and to just have fun. Today is Video Games Day, so in order to celebrate our favorite digital diversions, we’ve put together a list of activities that are sure to score you some Friday fun points.

Re-think “Drinking Games” at Barcade
Part American craft beer tap house, part classic arcade, this hybrid hotspot is perfect for enjoying a cold one while getting your game on.

Explore NYC’s Digital Minecraft Destinations
See NYC like you never have before: in an interactive in-depth simulation! Minecraft is a geometric playground for gamers everywhere, and one industrious digital constructor has created a scale model of Midtown Manhattan for download, exploration, and creative experimentation.

Listen to a Grammy-Winning Video Game Score
When you think of a video game score, you usually think of points on a leaderboard, but the critically-acclaimed interactive parable Journey featured an orchestral score powerful enough to garner a Grammy. The game itself features a cloaked avatar who wanders a sprawling desert in a quest for self-discovery, and in this unprecedented collaboration, the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to respond to the actions of Journey players in real time from the stage.

Discover #DisruptSTORY
Modeled after the Coney Island Arcade hacker hideout of Mr. Robot’s fsociety, our current concept is flush with fun in the form of classic games like Centipede and Ms. Pac-Man (as well as the innovative Polycade). Leave your quarters at home, because every play is on us. And while you’re waiting your turn? There’s exclusive Mr. Robot interactive content on our Perch Interactive reproduction of  Elliot Alderson’s desk, a hackable E-corp ATM, and the most disruptive merchandise on the market – All available for you to experience between GAME ON and GAME OVER.