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Foosball and retro video games at the Leaky Lifeboat

A close-up view of a foosball game mid-play.

A close-up view of a foosball game mid-play. (Feb. 26, 2012) (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

If you considered the 1990s your personal heyday for play – or just want to get a taste of what used to be done for fun – the Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford has a bash this weekend that is heavy on both 20th-century attitude and hand-eye coordination.

On Sunday, the ‘Leaky – one of the Island’s hippest hangs – is hosting a foosball tournament, which will in turn be backed by the availability of retro home console video games.

Known for its parties based around old-school music, art showings and other unique themes, this latest event begins at 8 p.m., and is centered on real competition. Interested parties can enter their teams at the aforementioned time, with each group consisting of two players, and must be prepared to enter under a name of some sort.

The entry fee is $10, and the battle begins with a best-of-three first match. Winners of two bouts will move on to each next round until two squads in total remain, who will then engage in a best-of-five finale, with the evening’s champions awarded 75% of the collected pot (the runners-up from the last clash will get 25%; the Lifeboat won’t be keeping any of that collection). The cost of actual games will be covered by the house, with a referee on hand to enforce the rules of foosball (which will be slightly modified for this particular occasion; rules will be stated before the tournament begins).

However, anyone who comes to play need not worry about having to simply sit and watch until their crew gets a turn, as there will be about eight TVs set up, each hooked to video gaming systems ranging from modern favorites like PS3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 to older devices such as Sega Genesis, PS2, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo GameCube; even a Nintendo GameBoy, converted for television use, will be an option – while Nintendo NES, Super NES and Sega Dreamcast are still being considered as possibilities. Furthermore, while the night’s newer, wireless consoles will be enjoyed on LCD flat screens, the older contraptions will be connected to old-fashioned 40-inch tube TVs, for the sake of compatibility.

Then again, if all this still isn’t old-school enough for your liking, there are always board games available at the bar as well.

For more information, check out the Leaky Lifeboat online at facebook.com/theleakylifeboat.

The Leaky Lifeboat: 3603 Merrick Rd. Seaford

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