Saturday, February 22, 2020

An Arcade Of Vintage Games Helps Authors

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Sometimes you can go home again.

Wouldn’t you go back to being a kid for a few hours if you could?

If you want to get the adrenaline rush of childhood, go to the Pinball Museum in Delray Beach, Florida.

It’s really a vintage arcade where you can play for an hour or all day and night. It’s two floors of wall-to-wall games we all know and love. There’s Pac-Man, Asteroids, Galaga, Donkey Kong, and pinball machines going back more than a half-century.

Step right in and feel the memories flood back. The competitive juices start to flow through your body. Your hand-eye coordination is quickly challenged. Old strategies come back to you. Your body stance and positioning fall into place. Your trigger finger is not as fast as it used to be and an arthritic fatigue settles in after hours of playing. You love every minute of it as if it were 1982 again.

By the time I was done, I’d get the day’s high on Donkey Kong, second highest on Asteroids, and the highest on some pinball machine for age 50+ males.  Yes, they break down scores and records that way.

God, so much fun. Joy sticks. Fire buttons. Flippers.  The sounds of an arcade abuzz with a room of dreamers is just as powerful as the sounds we love – the roar of a crowd at a sporting event, the crashing of waves onto a sunny beach, or music at a concert.

So what does any of this have to do with books and marketing? Absolutely nothing, except that the arcade represents something we all need – a hobby or a release of energy that is totally disconnected from our writing life. Sometimes we just need a good escape.

Life has enough stresses, challenges, and demands. The arcade is such a wonderful respite from all of that. As an author you are a writer, promoter, marketer, and cheerleader. All of that takes courage, energy, strategy and talent. The arcade lets you park your life and allows you to jump into a risk-free war between you and machine. You strive to beat others and then to improve upon your scores, always looking to gain an edge to beat your best.

The arcade has no drawbacks. You leave feeling victorious – or motivated to come back and try again another day. I can’t wait to go back!


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2020. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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