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Return of the BartCade


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They installed a few classic cabs, set on free-play - Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids and Galaga - recently, for a limited run as well as marquees being mounted and videos played to acknowledge and celebrate that past. Hopefully they might try it again in the future.


"1976 was a tumultuous year for the transit agency. With it came the grand opening of Embarcadero Station and extended hours of operation, but also a slew of financial woes and technical issues. This included one hot summer day when the system’s control boxes overheated, resulting in a fleet of stalled trains along what is now the Antioch line, according to former spokesperson Mike Healy’s book, “BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.”

Eager to improve upon its public image and boost revenue, BART formed a partnership with the Peninsula-headquartered video game company Atari, and on Dec. 1, staff rigged up a 7-foot-wide, six-sided Atari Arcade Theater Kiosk for riders to play on the Powell Street platform as they waited for their train to arrive."


The story of an SF BART station's short-lived Atari arcade — and its unexpected return



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