Updating Family Game Night May Save Your Sanity

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Spending more family time sounded like a great idea – 2 years ago. But as COVID drags on, it’s time to up your game night!

Break Up the Boredom and Up Your Game Night

While video games on the TV  can be fun, they generally don’t engage the entire family. Why not change your gaming to match your family dynamic?

Here are a few suggestions:

Table Classic-Cade

This is the perfect family game for all ages, genders and skill levels. Included in the Classic-Cade are over 60 classic games. And – you can set to play solo, one-against-one or as a team. Gathering around the Classic-Cade table version is fun for the whole family!

Games include: Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Mario Bros, Centipede, Galaga, Pong and so many more!

The Classic-Cade comes available in a table or console version. Choose the configuration right for your game room.



Pinball is the ultimate, classic game.

Choose from titles like Star Wars Comic Pin, Jurassic Park Pin and TMNT for younger audiences. Check out Godzilla, The Mandalorian and Avengers for a junior high school age audience. And, consider Rush, Led Zeppelin and Guns ‘N Roses  for teenagers. Of course, for adults just pick your favorite band, movie or comic hero! We have pinball to satisfy all your family game fun.

Ask us about connecting your Pinball game to the internet. Stern’s new Insider Connected allows games to be interconnected for play across the internet, new features and chances to win fun prizes. Jersey Jack pinball is also connected for tournament play or cross play with your friends.

Golden Tee

 Golden Tee Home Edition was designed after the worldwide hit game Golden Tee. It is built for home and made for free play. 

The Home Edition comes programmed with unique and imaginative courses, game play with real time rivals like John Daly, and lots of customization options. 

Stay connected with friends and family remotely! With an internet connection – not only can you compete in online tournaments, but you can create your own private contests. Pick the players—between two and 100(!!!)—select the course, the stakes (yes, you can play for money if your state allows it) and control everything about this specific content. Play your buddy in Albuquerque from the comfort of your man cave. You can create it all on the GT Caddy, our free mobile app available for the Apple and Android device.

Try these games with your family –

Closest-to-the-pin: Get as close to the pin as you possibly can in this fast-paced 9-hole game. It’s the perfect game mode for groups and parties, or players in search of a fun, quick fix.

Skins: A Home Edition Exclusive! Play your buddies for bragging rights one hole at a time. Skins, played with 2 through 4 players, is not about total score, it’s about beating your opponents on as many of the 18 holes as you possibly can!


Think of darts as a board tacked on the wall? How the game has changed – and improved! Electronic darts has upped the game with electronic scoring, tracking player ratings, and internet tournaments. Play solo, solo in internet tournaments, as a family or remote against your friends!

Our new favorite electronic darts game is the G3 Galaxy Fire featuring:

  • Larger 24” Monitor
  • Automatic Target Flip
  • Live Remote Play
  • Remote Leagues
  • Glowing Cabinet
  • Made in the USA


Need help configuring the best home game room? Or just want a single, quick game to entertain the family this week? Call us! GAD knows games (and we love to play!) We’ll check our in stock inventory. And help you arrange your pick-up, delivery or shipping.

Already have a game at home that’s busted? GAD Vending techs can help you trouble shoot the problem, and we have a large stock of parts.

GAD Vending sells games to homes and commercial operations (bars, restaurants, hotels, apartment complexes) Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and South Dakota.

A 5-Step Money Making Commercial Arcade Game Ideas (That Anyone Can Follow)

A 5-Step Money Making Commercial Arcade Game Ideas (That Anyone Can Follow) 1365 2048 GAD Vending

Arcades came in to fashion in the early 1900’s with the creation of the pinball machine. But it took until the 1970’s for video games to storm the scene. Since, there has been steady evolution of arcade games, crane games (claw games), video style games and pinball.

No longer are arcades limited to just their physical premise. With an internet connection, gamers can play their friends anywhere in the world. A player in Omaha can direct challenge their buddy in Kansas City. Join tournaments anywhere in the world. Play a local traveling tournament. And create accounts to follow the player from home to arcade.

With the wide variety of games and the connection to the internet, there is so much more to attract (and retain) customers for longer times.

Step 1 Cleanliness

Brought in with COVID, players want assurance of a clean environment to play. Make sure to clean your machines regularly during the day, have hand sanitizer stations and deep clean before opening. But be cautious with the type of cleaning chemicals you use – some chemicals can damage the graphics. Cleaning product manufacturer suggested guidelines are available through GAD.

Here are additional ideas you can use to ensure cleanliness:

  • Offer your players additional wipes for their own secondary sanitation.
  • Spread out your games for social distancing.
  • Check with your state or local health department for current guidelines.

Step 2 Location, Location, Location

Arcade machines make revenue in two ways. One, players paying to play. And, two, people staying longer to watch play and ordering more food/drinks in your establishment.

  • Choose high traffic locations that draw players over.
  • Add a game with lots of LED’s and great sound to a dark corner.
  • Capture your own “Shots of the Week” or “High Score” and promote across your TV’s through your AMI digital music system.
  • Choose games that others can watch game play from a safe distance.
  • Place games toward the back of the room to draw players further into your establishment. Make it convenient for people to stay longer.

Step 3 Consider a Table Games vs Console

When you review the floor plan for your arcade games, consider replacing a regular table with an arcade table. This creates a paying space in an awkward area.

  • Playing a console table – or not, it’s a table. (And, GAD’s newest Classic-Cade is over 60 games on one table.)
  • Consider adding a large table game like shuffleboard, or pool to utilize space toward the back of the room or fill an awkward space.
  • Add a foosball table in a space that you’d lose to social distancing regulations.

Do the math of one normal table vs. revenues from a game table. Patrons in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri tend to be active and like to play!

Step 4 Passive Income vs Active Income

Some business owners consider arcade games as a source of passive income. Or just an expensive way to entertain customers. And, that’s okay. But why not take an active approach to adding revenue and attracting repeat patrons?

  • Tournaments
    • Host a progressive tournament.
    • Golden Tee and G3 Galaxy Fire Electronic Darts run international tournaments online.
  • Leagues
  • Specials Night
  • Shot of the Week
  • Progressive Games
  • Trivia Games

Step 5 Take It Outside

Most bars and restaurants have maximized their outdoor space for eating and drinking. With social distancing, some had opened up parking lots, neighboring spaces and other creative additional spaces. And, you may be keeping these spaces open. How about adding games to those areas?

  • Basketball Shot Contest
  • Table Arcade Games
  • Foosball
  • Trivia Games through your AMI Jukebox System
  • Move your darts outdoors – adding wind could make it that much more challenging

As a business owner, it is essential to maximize floor space, follow health and safety guidelines and keep your patrons happy. Not an easy task but well worth the effort.

Need games in a hurry? ATM machine? Parts to fix existing games? GAD is a stocking distributor of pinball and games. Each of our locations have parts in stock. Our offices are located in Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City.