Back to the future for Dunedin retro game arcade
A fraction of what could be New Zealand's largest retro gaming collection is available for the public to play.
The Retro Gaming Lounge on Dunedin's George St includes popular 80s items such as Philips' Space Helmet televisions and Atari consoles.
The items are just some of the enormous 15-year collection of computers, games and merchandise belonging to Clinton Rowe.
The Dunedin man's collection is so large, estimated at between 15,000-20,000 items, that "I've filled two houses".
"It's a slow creep," he said of his hobby.
"I have tried to stop a number of times over the years."
Rowe said he would never sell off his collection, but confirmed people had made approaches.
He had also sought help from Kim Dotcom if he would help finance a museum for his collection, but never heard back.
Rowe' favourite game was Manic Miner, designed for the ZX Spectrum, which was available for people to play.
"The games of that era were noted for being notoriously difficult."
Rowe said he "was a bit behind" and preferred retro games over their modern day counterparts.
"I'm probably more your nostalgic archivist, I like the older era of games, the ideas behind the older era of games."
The arcade, which is open to the public until September 25, was a collaborative project of Rowe's Retrowe Museum, Urban Dream Brokerage and Southern Heritage Trust.
Tamsin Cooper, of Urban Dream Brokerage, said the former clothing shop had been vacant and her role was to help put "creative projects into vacant retail stock to help enliven and enrich the city".
"I think this is going to do that."