Well, at my Chuck E. Cheese it was a bear, because I think they inherited their band from a Showbiz. Anyway, the highlight of my childhood were the days spent with pockets full of quarters and a belly stuffed with pizza.
I’ll never forget being ten or twelve years old and wetting my pants in a Chuck E. Cheese because I couldn’t pause the damn arcade game and no way in hell was I handing the joystick over to someone else. I danced and danced and crossed my legs and finally went in my pants. I believe the game was Ten Yard Fight. I could milk the hell out of a quarter with that game.
When I wasn’t begging my mom to drop me off at the arcade, I was at home blowing lint out of my game cartridges. The Atari 2600 started it all. (Well, we had Pong first, but I never got hooked on that game. It was just a novelty. My Atari was my altar).
Chuck E. Cheese and Atari were both founded by the godfather of video games, Nolan Bushnell. Nolan is the reason I peed in my pants as a young adult and had to spend fifteen minutes in the bathroom with paper towels and toilet water (too embarrassed to use the sink). Over two decades later, Nolan is the reason I just wet myself again. A little.