Documentary Review: The King of Arcades (2014)

Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Directed by: Sean Tiedeman
Music by: various
Cast: Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, Richie Knucklez, Eugene Jarvis, Ralph H. Baer, Jerry Buckner

K Studios, Tiedebaby Films,, 100 Minutes


This was free on Prime Video and the plot seemed interesting, so I fired it up.

The story is about punk rocker Richie Knucklez of the band Knuckle Sandwich. This chronicles how his love of music and arcade video games led to a really cool life where he got to truly explore both of those passions in ways that other dreamers often don’t.

Richie had a pretty decent music career but later on, turned towards his love of arcade games and started his very own arcade, which became instantly cool and eventually, pretty iconic and beloved by not just his local community but by those in the worldwide gaming community.

Ultimately, this is a story of love and passion and in Richie’s case, perseverance.

This is a feel good movie about a guy that did what he wanted, believing his time to be very limited and has since wrote his own story in the way he wanted. Frankly, its inspirational and motivational.

The King of Arcades is definitely worth a watch if you want something uplifting, light and fun. And it made me want to fill all the empty corners in my house with the arcade machines I’ve always wanted.

Rating: 6.5/10
Pairs well with: other documentaries about the history of video game culture.

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