Some of the arcade games at Game Cycle. Bill Lackey/Staff

Classic arcades make a comeback in Springfield

Walking into Game Cycle in Springfield is a trip down video game memory lane.

The business sell used videos, DVDs and video game systems, such as Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis and the original PlayStation.

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However, it’s the sounds of the standing arcade room that has made Game Cycle not only a place to buy, sell or trade in used games, but a virtual time machine for a new generation.

“I wanted to have something for the kids to do in Springfield,” Game Cycle owner Eric Beason said. “Entertainment places are leaving and I knew an arcade could help fill that void.”

Beason started Game Cycle at 1300 St. Paris Road in 2016, taking over the building that previously was home to Video Outlet.

While the store first opened as location for gamers to buy or sell games, the idea of having an arcade in the store was always in the plans.

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“I always wanted to have the arcade but I wanted to be strategic in how it was put into place,” Beason said.

Beason started the arcade with seven games, which he has now expanded to more than 70 games.

The combination of increased games and signage has increased traffic to the store, Beason said.

With business booming, Beason has plans to expand, including birthday rooms and ticket-dispensing games, which will create a full gaming experience for all ages.

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