Spacebar Arcade rapidly became Boise's hot spot for showing off your old-school arcade video game skills. It's always on the lookout for new games to help its patrons reminisce about the good ol' days, when a high score really meant something for a man's self-esteem.
Luckily, the high score is making a comeback at Spacebar's 7-Eleven tournament—along with a chance to score some extra dough.
The 7-Eleven is a classic competition in the gaming world. The rules are as follows: Pay a $5 cover at the door toward prize money. Ten games are announced at the beginning of the night, three of which are selected by contestants. Eligible games will be a mix of video and pinball machines, with five available seats on each.
Scores are based on the contestants' highest point totals on their respective machines. Averages of the top three scores are calculated, thus computing the final tournament score. When the final tallies are presented, the top three finishers are awarded prize money. First place wins 60 percent of the prize money, second place wins 30 percent, and third place receives 10 percent.
Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis between 7-8 p.m., with play beginning at 8:10 p.m. Battle will be waged until 10:30 p.m., when the victors will be crowned. Those who finish just outside the money can always bide their time and try again--Spacebar conducts 7-Eleven tournaments every other Wednesday.
The prospect of winning beer money--which we're sure is good for things besides beer--should count as yet another reason to go old school in the new year.