MIAMI BEACH – In the nondescript 1064 store front, a hot and stuffy arcade with churning box fans in the corners did nothing but permeate more hot air as the familiar sounds of excitement and joysticks being jammed filed out of the doorway and onto the street. In that stuffy room people were copping some serious nostalgia.
This revamp of the classic arcade was the brainstorm of BÄST & Brooklyn based artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller who make up the artistic duo Faile. Here in their mixed media arcade installation, iconic video games were morphed into crazy pop culture themed games with hypnotic neon graphics. The classic Indy driving game became a race to steer a dollar bill on a road of cocaine. The Breaking Bad game let you take control of a pair of brass knuckles to beat the snots out of a pinata. The invaders spin off shot lasers out of Peter Pan’s spray can at flying eyes.
The art inspired games didn’t take long to get into – the game lengths were so short that people moved onto the next quickly so there was never really a long wait to play. If you ran through the games too quickly there was always foosball in the black light room to entertain you. Did I mention that the token machines in this joint spit out special Deluxx Fluxx coins…perfection.
Faile & Bast’s Deluxx Fluxx Arcade did not disappoint. If you were on some serious art overload and needed to get away from the fairs – this hit the spot. Shame that its poised to pack-up and leave Miami when the fairs roll out of town too.