In this episode Darren flies solo and heads over to Springfield Missouri to uncover a diamond in the rough. The 1984 Arcade is home to over 50 restored classics and an atmosphere so retro you’ll be tempted to break out the walkman and power-level through Defender.



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Running time: 19:20


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Episodes, Season 3


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  • George 8 years ago

    downloading now, thumbs up for the multiple formats

  • Tyler 8 years ago

    thanks guys, awesome epp i’m sure

  • Can’t wait to watch it.

  • I liked the episode, it was cool, though it has got to be the shortest episode yet.

  • Matthewss87 8 years ago

    I don’t like this one.

  • DjDiff 8 years ago

    Old school gaming rocks!

    This really brings back memories for me. Mad props for this ep.

  • Computer_kid 8 years ago

    I love the ascii-ified intro

  • Great Episode.
    Different, but cool.
    Thanks for all your hard work! 😀

  • Nice one, flying solo and kicking retro oldskool butt! i was never much into arcades in the 80’s, but you can’t beat a bit of retro tech, and the 8bit intro was kickass. Thumbs up!

  • anthrounit 8 years ago

    Because of this I now want to build my own.

  • Great episode Darren, even though you were on your own – the theme pwned, it was informative and a great watch. Mad props to you!


  • Yeah! …14% download and counting 😀 !!
    (I can’t wait for watching it)

    Thanks Hak.5 team for this AWESOME work!

    You’re the best!

  • Mynes 8 years ago

    Dudes! This Seemed Like This Was REALLY Professionally done MADD!! Props!

  • Johan Carlsson 8 years ago


    Love you Darren, one of the best episodes of hak.5 ever! (and that’s meaning a lot)
    I always loved your feature episodes.

    Made my night! thanks

  • Andrew 8 years ago

    I don’t know what’s happening, But is not the same. There’s not that great interaction you guys had some programs ago!!!
    I’ll hope it gets better than worse.

  • (Long time watcher/lurker, first time commenter)

    Wow. This episode rocked. Sure, it deviated from the regular formula, but it kicked _serious_ ass nonetheless. Pure awesomeness, Darren.

  • Dave T 8 years ago

    I’m a child of the 80s, so this was very enjoyable. Agree totally that even MAME cabinets just aren’t the same.

    Solo? Non tech? Don’t sweat it. I’m sure it’s challenging doing a show of this caliber on your own time, so if you need to scale back now and then, nobody should begrudge you that. Rock on!

  • anonymous coward 8 years ago

    pretty weak foo

  • Retro Geek 8 years ago

    Wow! What a great episode. I’m really surprised by this episode because the Hak.5 crew seems way too young to remember any of this stuff.

    The 1984 cafe looks fantastic, I hope those guys do well.

    I loved the ASCIIfication of the opening and closing credits and the opening music is great. There is something very familiar about it but, I can’t place it.

    The BBS brought a tear to my eye. Telnet to was an incredible idea and it’s still going! There were three people logged on when I signed just prior to this post! There’s mail and game doors and file transfers. I was catapulted back in time. The only thing that isn’t totally authentic about it is the speed. My 300 baud modem use to paint one line at a time, taking five or more seconds to draw a screen.

    I tip my hat to you. That was a great show! Great concept!

  • Hey so where’s the live Hak5 from the 19th?

  • I’ve been watching Hak5 on and off since the first episode. What in the world were you doing in Springfield, MO? I live in Springfield and have been to 1984. Cool episode.

  • Administrator 8 years ago

    I’ll be in Springfield, MO all week if anyone wants to grab a beer.

  • Administrator 8 years ago

    Hehe, just email lol

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