Last week one of the leading lights in retro gaming within the southwest of England announced its decision to close down temporarily in wake of the recent rise in coronavirus cases.
And this weekend,fans from across the country made their way down to Bridgwater to bid a temporary farewell. Timewarp Arcade, home to over 30 classic video arcade titles from the 1980’s and 90’s, has attained quite the loyal following: to the extent that when word was put out that last weekend would mark the venue’s last days of trading (for the time being, at least), the business successfully sold out all of its prebooked attendance slots.
Indeed, according to the arcade’s Facebook page, one group travelled over 100 miles just to squeeze in a visit before the Timewarp was shuttered.
“It was an amazing weekend,” wrote manager Stuart, Norm and Luke on Monday. “It is gutting to close after six years for something so out of our control…though with this pandemic rapidly escalating it feels the safest option for everyone.”
This post was inundated with pledges of support from Timewarp fans all over region, including from London’s Las Vegas arcade manager Toby Nakhorn.
“Wicked arcade,” he wrote. “Hoping more people become aware of you and visit on reopening.”