For those who are not aware, Tommy Wafflez (pictured left) was once an integral part of the NetherRealm Community. As a part of the once dominant GGA team, Tommy traveled regularly with teammates Dizzy, 16Bit, Pimpimjim, and Jeremiah to a multitude of tournaments around the nation. In Mortal Kombat 9, he played quite convincingly the best Smoke that the community has ever seen. In 2013, he accomplished an illustrious win at Final Round, and went on to moderate success in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The newly released Injustice 2 marks the return of Tommy to the scene that he helped grow, still representing the Galloping Ghost Arcade brand. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions prior to the action this weekend;
From what I know personally, the Galloping Ghost Arcade is located in Brookfield, IL, and it houses one of the most dominant fighting game teams in the world. With the likes of PimPimJim, 16 Bit, Jeremiah, HAN, Wafflez, Dizzy, Max, and more, Team GGA has had success at several tournaments across many different fighting games. The GGA team has helped to grow the Injustice and Mortal Kombat community immensely. Behind the scenes their sponsors work hard to sustain their business. It’s time to help support the arcade that paved the way of opportunity for these high level players. I do not know much of the arcade itself, but what I do know is that the employees are friendly and that the arcade is massive. The fact that the arcade is looking to expand is inspiring because arcades are few and far between in the present-day. Here is a quote taken directly from the KickStarter page that will provide more background information about the cause:
“The GALLOPING GHOST ARCADE opened on Friday, August 13, 2010, with a collection of 130 games. We offered all day entry for only $15. Many of the arcade cabinets were rescued from the verge of destruction and restored for everyone to enjoy. Now that we have been open for more than three years, we offer more than 400 arcade games and are possibly the largest arcade in the world. Gamers travel from around the world to come play the arcade titles that many thought they would never see again, as well as to participate in unique events. We offer so much to the people who play here and we continuously strive to to make the place better. We are looking to everyone in the community to help us grow into the gaming utopia we hope to become. We thank you for all your support and help in making this happen.”
The Galloping Ghost Arcade has put forth a lot of effort for the classic arcade scene, which is a scene that has been dying out for the past few years. This, coupled with the incredibly entertaining Injustice Ghost Battle Series, are enough reason to make a small donation to GGA. Help them expand, because without them there would really be no reason for arcade lovers all over the world to care. Without arcades, the world would be filled with people gaming from a very limited standpoint and would provide no hope for people who want to play the classic games that we all miss. Arcades encourage gaming diversity, and even the smallest donation helps. Maybe one day you will be able to make it out to the Galloping Ghost Arcade to see the hard work that has been put into an establishment dedicated to the origins of gaming.
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