Welcome to Arcade Grade! Before we start posting regular updates, it seemed right to start off with a bit of an introduction. If you look around the site you'll see plenty of information about what the site is and does. I don't want to rehash all of that. Instead, I'd rather just briefly write about Arcade Grade's future.
When I started building this site, I honestly didn't expect to even get this far. Yet here I am, with a site that for the most part works. Some features are still being implemented and plenty more are planned for the future, but the foundation of the site is there. Getting to this stage has only made me more dedicated to seeing the site improve and grow by promoting and programming as much as I can. The site is in an important stage right now. It is in a stage where it needs to start growing its memberbase in order to build the community needed to support it. Arcade Grade is a site that relies entirely on its community. As an arcade database it requires members to add their own arcade information, as I can only travel to so many arcades myself. As a social network, it serves absolutely no purpose without its community.
With this being said, I hope that you will help us make Arcade Grade a great online home for arcade gamers. I especially hope to see people supporting their local arcades, as small businesses tend to lack much of a web presence. By sharing your local arcade with others, you direct more business their way, possibly by people who live in another nearby town who would not otherwise know the arcade is there.
Even though more people play video games now than ever before, arcades are slowly fading away (at least in the United States). It's important that we help keep our local arcades alive. As we grow our online community, I'd like to see us also help out the arcades in our real life communities. To be honest, that's all I want out of Arcade Grade. There's no telling what this site will turn into, if it does anything at all. But, I'd like to think that we can keep the arcade scene alive.
So join, post, add, review, friend and share. Let's see what happens!