High Scores is our family business that we've worked on growing since we bought our first Donkey Kong machine nearly two decades ago. We are so proud to have become an affordable, beloved spot in the East Bay to spend time with family and friends while marveling at the art, creativity, and FUN of the foundational video games in history. We are BOLDLY committed to continuing our mission of saving and sharing the best of the classic arcade gaming history.
We have one of the largest personal collections in California with over 165 arcade cabinets. Many of these have been saved from the curb, saved from basements where for decades they sat idle. We want to keep them from that fate, make them shiny again, and put them back at your fingertips to relive your youth! Or, explore these classics for the first time and see why they've stood the test of time.
These massive artifacts aren't cheap to store anywhere, much less here in California, and the cost of parts be they original or reproduction continues to rise along with every other expense for small businesses. Closing our location in Hayward due to the pandemic meant more square footage in storage with less revenue to pay for it. If you'd like to help to support our mission in rescuing and reviving these foundational video games, we appreciate your support to keep them stored and safe!
Our love for these games goes beyond operating an arcade for commercial gains; behind the scenes, we pay to store, restore, and maintain a wide array of titles that, while important to the foundation of gaming, aren’t likely to bring new customers to our doorstep. It is our goal to build towards a larger location that can house our vast collection and better provide that historical insight where our visitors can see, for example, an unrecognized Atari prototype alongside a massive hit like Star Wars to understand the company’s overall evolution.
Ideally, that means the full collection together on one massive arcade floor. It could also mean dedicated private party rooms, regularly scheduled tournaments, rotating local artwork, and meet and greets with the original game designers. Whatever it becomes, we're ready for it - but we need your help!
Donations of any amount go towards the housing and restoration of our collection.
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.