While hordes of shoppers were left disappointed recently after queueing in vain for sold-out PlayStations and Xboxes, art-savvy gamers headed to Art Basel Miami Beach for a bit of button bashing at the (take a deep breath) FAILE BÄST Deluxx Fluxx Arcade 2013 Miami Beach Presented By Perrier installation from Brooklyn natives FAILE and Bäst.
This collection of arcade machines and games feature such unusual twists as brass knuckledusters that double as joysticks, and the installation packs a visual punch to match. The electronic offerings were specially programmed and the more traditional games such as foosball weren’t your standard versions either. Entry requirements at the temporary venue presumably included sunglasses, as the décor surrounding the have-a-go games was retina-burning neon punk-inspired and graffiti-laden yoof catnip from floor to ceiling, making it an intentionally immersive yet accessible experience. Originally devised as a one-off project in London 2010, the arcade reappeared later that year in New York’s Lower East Side before this version which ran last week.