I could mention some places, but it’s just as hard to keep up with new openings because there may be places that have been temporarily closed for months and then permanently closed, and there’s no news or fanfare about it, so I don’t hear about it. It’s the beginning of a new year, which means it’s time to list the arcade and pinball news of 2020. The biggest news of 2020 is the “unsafe” one from March, namely the number of places that have permanently closed their doors. This is one of the reasons for the delay of this post, as I tried to do beforehand, but if it takes too long, this post will be weird to publish after the weekend. I’ve been into video games for a long time and have been running my own The Game Grid Arcade in West Valley City, Utah since 2008. Normally I would post a 2020 Games video here, but I’m still editing it, postponed by an appendectomy. Unfortunately, pinball games are always hard to make money, and retro games don’t fetch much unless they are Miss Nevertheless, movie theaters and arcades often go hand in hand; my own gaming business has long benefited from great movie releases, and I’ve learned that without them, our weekend is not as strong as it once was. Interestingly, the oldest post I lose every year, for some reason, is my first post on the site, Fishing for the Tsunami Gone. When a huge mall opened in 2019 in the same mall where I’ve worked since 2008, the bottom line was negatively impacted by 20-23%.