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03-26-2021 at 09:35 AM
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TG at 40 From the Archives - Twin Galaxies Arcade, Fairfield IA, July 1995

While the story of Twin Galaxies' opening at 226 E. Main Street in Ottumwa, Iowa in November 1981, and Mayor Jerry Parker's "Video Game Capital of the World" declaration the following year are part of TG lore, what is less generally known is that Walter Day opened a new Twin Galaxies Arcade at 907 W. Burlington Avenue in Fairfield, Iowa on July 14, 1995. The photo depicts the TG game tokens that were used in the facility and were subsequently acquired by world record holder Mark Alpiger. Thanks to Mark, some examples of these tokens are now part of the Documentary Archives.

Boasting 4,000 square feet of space, the "Videogame Capital of the Universe" featured 135 video games, four pool tables, three pinball machines and five lanes of skeeball as well as Super Nintendo and Genesis consoles. A grand opening was held in October featuring refreshments, cake, and free tokens after the ribbon cutting.

In a 1995 interview, Day declared, "I'm calling it 'capital of the universe' for two reasons. One, I don't know of anyone else who has such a large facility for arcade, video and computer games. And two, we are the official scorekeepers for the winners of these games, for people who win here and anywhere in the world."

However, by 1996 the facility closed although Day continued to collect scores for his planned TG Book of World Records and efforts to revive the International Scoreboard.

As a continuing retrospective on gaming history, more clippings and historical information contained in the Documentary Archives will be featured through the year.

If you have any Fairfield memories to share from this fascinating period, please feel free to post them here. If you're interested in obtaining your own memento of TG history, visit Classic Arcade Gaming Dot Com hosted by Mark Alpiger.

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  1. datagod's Avatar

    So many games!! I wonder why it closed.

  2. 80sArcadeKid's Avatar

    I was thinking the same thing, why did it close 1 year later? Especially when coin was good for them in the 80s.

  3. Snowflake's Avatar

    man tokens bring back the memory. 95 is a clear year in my mind for games though, yeah i graduated high school. i think all arcades were on their way out. home graphics had been almost as good, and rapidly narrowing the gap with arcades for years, and even worse, home consoles had great genres (rpg being easiest example) that arcades just couldnt do. the arcades that did exist were on their way out, must've been a terrible tough time to start a new one

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