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The Arkeg Brings Beer and Videogames Together

| 17 Aug 2009 22:44
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Two of man's greatest inventions - videogames and beer - have finally been combined into one magical machine of happy making: an arcade cabinet / beer keg called the Arkeg.

Homer Simpson once famously called beer the "cause of and solution to all of man's problems," but around these parts I'd wager to say that videogames could lay claim to the same title. That kinship aside, nobody who enjoys a good brew as much as he or she enjoys a good game of Street Fighter can deny that games and beer are two of the greatest pleasures life has to offer. So why not combine them?

No, I'm not talking about playing the Gears of War 2 drinking game where every time somebody does or says something homoerotic you have to drink. I'm talking about the Arkeg, an arcade cabinet designed and manufactured by Allstarcade that is exactly what it sounds like: an arcade machine that also happens to house a beer keg.

Yep, you've got a cabinet with a 24" LCD screen, a six-button, two joystick set-up that comes pre-loaded with 104 classic arcade games like Asteroids, Centipede, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. Plus, underneath the screen and arcade board, a space for a mini five-gallon keg with digital temperature control and an "effortless CO2 draft system." On the left hand side of the machine is the tap, so whenever you feel like taking a break, all you need to do is grab a mug and let 'er rip.

Seems like a dream come true, right? Well it's an expensive dream, running for $4000. Yikes. Guess I'll just stick with my Gears of War 2 drinking game.

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