Chinatown Fair Documentary Short Released [Video]

Posted on: July 28th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Nigh on six months since the sudden departure of the legendary Chinatown Fair from 8 Mott Street, the wound has yet to heal. It was an independent game house; the last of its kind in the neighborhood, and frankly, the whole city. Its cross-river successor, Next Level Arcade, is carrying the torch in Sunset Park.

Chinatown Fair was a Mecca, the pinnacle of underground fighting game culture. Mark Hayes produced the following crowdsourced documentary short about the demise, and the fans who still mourn its loss. These “homeless” gamers candidly reminisce about their days in the sweaty dive as well as the future of gaming.  Hayes was kind enough to use some of our footage in the video (2:16). Check it out.

Meanwhile, the other documentary about CF, dubbed Arcade, is still in the works.

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