Where Everybody Knows Your Game

BabyCastles, the videoarcade in Ridgewood, Queens, is quickly turning into a hub for intersection of the art, technology, and culture of independent gaming. It's a place where you can sample the latest in indie videogames, like the Hungarian physics Sumotori Dreams above, or experience fully curated exhibitions - all in an atmosphere more like a hacker's coffee bar than a museum or a commercial arcade. Everybody is on the inside.

Founded by two graduates of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, Syed Saluhuddin and Kunal Gupta, BabyCastle is basically just a wall of the music venue Silent Barn right now, featuring six video arcade cabinets with rotating content. But the extended BabyCastles collective is growing - and has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a pop-up video game, art, and music venue on 42nd Street in Manhattan, along with partnering organization Showpaper.org. Their purpose, in addition to having fun, is to change common perception of the art and culture of video games.

Yes, there is life after Gamestop.


  1. Well, I clicked on the link and then closed the tab after about 30 seconds. Is this some sort of very late April Fool’s joke, or is the site incompatible with Firefox?

    I see a number of panels, mostly bigger than my screen size, bouncing around a virtual screen which is also bigger than my screen size. The immediate impression is “bad trip” – which is reinforced by the colour scheme.

    More importantly, nothing stays still long enough for me to work out what it is or click on it, and most of the text is mostly off the screen most of the time.


  2. Hey guys,

    Sorry if it hurts, we just try to make a new flyer for each new exhibition we have in Queens (every month.)

    Here’s some other examples….



    Actual information about the arcade and future projects is here!


    & here!



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