UPDATE March 2021: We have been closed to the public for over a year (!!) in accordance with our local health orders. Since then, a combination of COVID and greed has brought upon the permanent closure of our Hayward location. We remain steadfast and determined in our goal of reopening our Park Street location, which remains in wait and ready.
THANK YOU to everyone who has helped to support us during this closure. Family businesses have their whole lives intertwined with our livelihoods, and this closure has changed just about every element of ours - with the exception of our love and dedication to what we do. As the stewards of a large historical collection, your support goes directly to keeping that collection in tact and housed. Please visit our donate page here if you're in a position to help us see our Eye-of-the-Tiger return. Join our mailing list below to get updates about reopening delivered to your inbox. THANK YOU ALL!
High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum is dedicated to the preservation and protection of classic arcade cabinets of the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s. We are a family business co-owned by husband and wife team Shawn and Meg Livernoche, and together with a small part-time staff we maintain two brick-and-mortar arcade locations in California's East Bay and an additional offsite workshop housing nearly 200 original arcade games in total.
Our preservation effort goes well beyond the business or walls of the arcades; we're in the background finding all sorts of titles and stockpiling them. We're finding the original controls. We're bringing the CRT monitors back to life. We’re taking spur-of-the-moment trips everywhere and meeting strangers from Craigslist and pulling 300 pound machines out of basements all by ourselves while our 5 and 3 year old watch. Why would we do these things? We already have more than enough arcade games to rotate in our stores for years to come. Every time we rescue and restore a classic machine, it is partly and sometimes entirely a labor of love, and to make sure future generations can experience these games as close to their original conditions as possible. Because these electronics weren’t meant to last 30-50 years. Because there aren’t that many original operational machines left. Because some people are still spilling beer on them.
Our arcades in Alameda and Hayward do well to support their footprints, but beyond normal business, we absorb a huge cost to house an additional 85+ arcade cabinets and spare parts monthly. Not all of our arcade games are ones that will ever "make us money" - some of them, like ATARI I-Robot, Major Havoc, Kangaroo, etc may not occupy the arcade for long periods of time, but they all played important roles in the evolution of game design, be it in graphics, audio, artwork, or cabinet design and we think they're important to save from the curbs and the landfills so they can be shared. While we don’t personally need 4 Defender machines or a dedicated ATARI Arabian enough to justify storing them, they are in good hands with us and we would like to save as many more as we can.
Please note we are not a 501(c)3, but rather a small husband-and-wife sole proprietorship. Your donation, while immensely appreciated, will not be tax deductible.