A Dad Discovers His Talent When He Builds Son an Arcade

Steve Addison is a 32-year-old dad to his three-year-old son named Felix. Steve recently built him a full-size arcade machine that has classic games like Mario and Sonic. He managed to do it for less than $185. The game is two-player and has a retro vibe, which makes it even cooler.

A Dad Discovers His Talent When He Builds Son an Arcade

Discovering a Hidden Talent

Addison doesn’t have any DIY experience but decided to take on the project anyway. He used an old Atari computer along with arcade buttons and some wood that he purchased from eBay. Felix can now enjoy over 500 retro video games from the comfort of their own home.

This project was started after Addison, who works at McDonald’s as an assistant manager, was placed on furlough. Since his DIY capabilities were non-existent, his wife Kerry laughed off the idea when he first mentioned building the arcade.

Kerry is a 29-year-old NHS mental health nurse who initially had her doubts about the project. Still, Felix was very excited about picking out some of his favorite characters for the exterior paint job.

The Homemade Arcade Was Worth the Investment

Little Felix with a Mario Hat On
A Dad Discovers His Talent When He Builds Son an Arcade

After his research, Steve found that buying a similar arcade brand new would cost more than $1,200. Many of his friends have expressed their interest in having him create them their own arcades. Steve mentions that he is happy to work on these new projects since he has developed a new passion for his hidden talent.

Once Steve goes back to work, he plans on having an arcade put in the staff room so that his colleagues can play their favorite games during their breaks. He is thinking about taking his wife’s idea to join a carpentry course in college to advance and perfect his skills in woodworking.