By Marc Justin in Florence—
What do you do with a pocket full of change that’s worthless in your home country? You take a walk on down… to the future!
Future Games on Via Nazionale near Piazza dell’Indipendenza in Florence is more than a game room, it’s an enigma. First opened in 1987, it’s survived every other arcade and pool hall in the city.
And the best thing is, it hasn’t changed one bit since it opened! The walls are still a crusty shade of orange, the toilets have been out of order since the Reagan Administration and the vending machine has been sold out of Tab Cola for 25 years.
But that’s why we love Future Games, it’s vintage, it’s cheap and it’s very very real.
The prices are definitely relics from another era. For only 50 euro-cents, you’ll have access to button-slapping arcade games like clunky car simulators, shoot ‘em ups, karate nonsense or motorcycle-tilting racing. There’s even a few pinball machines kicking around. And, if I’m not mistaken, one of them is called “Dynasty.” As in the TV show. Wow! And let us not forget the pool tables. Real tables for real men. Not the wussy games we play online.
The more acute observer will also notice a blue door midway through the hall. No, this is not where Vinny and Vito conduct their shaky deals; it’s the entrance to the adult area. For a pocket full of change, €1 or €2, you can try your luck at one of the no-frill slot machines. Who knows, maybe you’ll win yourself another trip to Florence.
But what if find you yourself thoroughly enjoying Future Games and have suddenly run out of change? No problem! Future games even staffs a “change guy” who will swap your paper money for some coins. Remember the arcade change guy? Ha!
So if you’re into a bit of vintage fun and looking to rid yourself of all that Euro change before you head home, stop into Future Games. Your Flux Capacitor will thank you.
Via Nazionale near Piazza dell’Indipendenza
Open: 7 days a week, mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
We’re somewhat relieved to report that Future Games does not have a Web site.