The Scene

Sweat drips down your brow. The summer is bright, hot, and the streets are empty. You see a pink neon sign in the distance, it reads “Mall” but it means “escape”. Inside the air is cool and commerce is electric. But you’re not here to shop, you’re here for something more important, video games. Next to the food court you walk into what many will call the best arcade in the history of the world, with amazing games playing great and more cold drinks than you’ve ever imagined.

 

The Card


We can’t bring back malls, food courts, or empty streets – but here at Free Play, we have most everything else. And it not being the 80s means you don’t have to pay a fortune to enjoy some of the best arcade games or parties in the world. For only $30 (plus tax), you’ll have access to six Summer Nights events. Whether that means you want six beer-infused arcade parties, six challenging game-focused events, or something in between – we’ll have you covered.
And if you want to use your card on a non-Summer Nights day, no problem. At any point until the card expires, you can use the card for admission. Use two squares and you’re in the arcade on a non-qualifying day!

 

The Events

For the card to work, we need a ton of events. Expect more than 40 Summer Nights events from the time it gets hot (late May) until it starts to cool (September)! Facebook Event links and details added as available.

May 28 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights – Street Fighter Alpha 2
May 30 – Free Play Arlington – Puzzle Night – Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
May 31 – Free Play Richardson – GAME-O-RAMA + DJ PARTY EXPLOSION
June 4 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights – Matrimelee
June 5 – Free Play Arlington – Summer Nights Brewery Event – Division Brewing
June 6 – Free Play Denton – Vaporwave 無料プレイDenton Glow Party 二番目*
June 10 – Free Play Arlington – June Pinball Monday
June 11 – Free Play Denton – Tuesday Night Fights – Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game (!?)
June 12 – Free Play Richardson – Summer Nights Brewery Event – Celestial Beerworks
June 14 – Free Play Arlington – Second Anniversary – Official Arlington Retrowave Party*
June 18 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights – Samurai Shodown II
June 19 – Free Play Denton – Summer Nights Brewery Event – Oak Cliff Brewing
June 22 – Free Play Richardson – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Anniversary Extravaganza
June 25 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights – X-Men vs. Street Fighter
June 27 – Free Play Richardson – Puzzle Night – Magical Drop 3
July 2 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights – Real Bout 2
July 3 – Free Play Arlington – Light Up Arlington Celebration – Fireworks + Grill
July 4 – ALL LOCATIONS – SUMMER DAYS – July 4 Special Hours – 11 AM to 7 PM
July 8 – Free Play Arlington – Pinball Monday – TBD
July 9 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights – TBD
July 12 – Free Play Arlington – GAME-O-RAMA + DJ PARTY EXPLOSION
July 16 – Free Play Denton – Tuesday Night Fights – TBD
July 17 – Free Play Arlington – Summer Nights Brewery Event – TBD
July 19 – Free Play Richardson – Official Richardson Retrowave Party*
July 23 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights – TBD
July 24 – Free Play Richardson – Summer Nights Brewery Event
July 25 – Free Play Arlington – Puzzle Night – TBD
July 30 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights – TBD
July 31 – Free Play Denton – Summer Nights Brewery Event – TBD
August 2 – Free Play Denton – One Year Anniversary – 90s Night!
August 3 – Free Play Denton – One Year Anniversary – Burgertime Cookout
August 4 – Free Play Denton – One Year Anniversary – The Miami Connection
August 5 – Free Play Arlington – Pinball Monday
August 6 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights – TBD
August 7 – Free Play Arlington – Super Pint Night
August 13 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights
August 14 – Free Play Richardson – Super Pint Night
August 17 – Free Play Arlington – National Honeybee Day Killer Queen Tourney**
August 20 – Free Play Denton – Tuesday Night Fights
August 21 – Free Play Denton – SWAGAPALOOZA
August 27 – Free Play Richardson – Tuesday Night Fights
August 29 – Free Play Richardson – Puzzle Night
September 2 – Free Play Arlington – Pinball Monday
September 3 – Free Play Arlington – Tuesday Night Fights
September 7 – Free Play Arlington – Summer Super Turbo Throwdown**

* Summer Nights Admission does not include glow kit (available for purchase).
** For these events, the card is good for admission as a spectator, to enter the tournaments, you will need a tourney admission available through the event page.

 

The Questions

1. Whats the catch?

No catch. If you plan on coming to Free Play (any location) three (or more) times this summer, you should buy this card. If you come to an event on the list above, you will gain admission and only use one stamp spot on your card. If you come during a non-event time, you can still use the stamps to gain admission (2 stamps = regular admission at Richardson and Arlington. 1 stamp = regular admission at Denton.). At worst, you are prepaying admissions. At best, you gain access to six events for only $5 each.

2. Is there any specific time to arrive during an event?

No. The card can be used at any time during the day at the location of the event. For example, if you arrive three hours early for Tuesday Night Fights, you’ll still gain access to Free Play Arcade for only one stamp.

3. If I forget to use my card, does it still hold value?

From the time you purchase your card until November 15, 2019, each stamp spot can be used toward admission to Free Play. If you use the card to enter a qualifying event, only one stamp will be used. If you regularly attend Free Play events, you’re looking at half-off admission for your next six events! All cards do expire on November 15 though! So if you do not plan on coming to Free Play at least three times from the time you purchase your card until November 15, you shouldn’t buy the card!

4. What can I expect at a Tuesday Night Fights event?

Twenty+ players playing a diverse range of fighting games. We routinely have a diverse blend of players ranging from the best in the area to novices. We routinely run special structures that ensure substantial play-time and opportunity for all players. Free Play has one of the largest retro fighting game collections in the world and a community to match it!

5. What can I expect at a Summer Nights Brewery event?

We do brewery events bigger and better than any arcade in history. Expect tons of brewery swag from some of our favorite breweries, Summer Nights Free Play swag, and challenges throughout the arcade. It’s a big deal!

6. Where can I find out more details on specific events?

Each event will have its own Facebook event page posted about two weeks before the event with additional details. The master list of events is above.