Mark Jackson

About Mark Jackson - Founder & Arcade Advisor

Mark is the founder of Arcade Direct and has over 16 years experience helping to advise customers and share his knowledge in the retro arcade market.

Posts written by Mark Jackson

The Best Arcades in the UK

There are few things more nostalgic than a classic arcade, and the UK is home to some of the best in the business. From classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong to more modern fare like Dance Dance Revolution, there’s something for everyone at these top-notch arcades. And if you’re looking for a little friendly competition, […]

Best arcade games of the 80's

Best arcade games of the 80’s

The 80’s are known for that era when video games and arcade games were truly bought into the mainstream world. There were a few basic prototypes and ideas prior, but nothing like what 1980 and beyond would produce. Arcade gaming was booming back throughout the decade and there were some truly iconic pieces out there.  […]

Top 10 Best Arcade Machines To Buy For Your Games Room

Pool tables, table tennis, and dart boards are all common additions to a modern games room. But have you ever considered getting something a little more unique for your entertainment space? Arcade machines offer the chance to dip your toes into a world of nostalgia and endless fun, and there are more options on the […]

Event hire

Top 10 Best Arcade Games to Hire for Your Event

Arcade games come in many shapes and sizes, from the classic Pac-Man to the newer Mario Kart. However, some offer a little more than just fun! You can hire them for your event to provide entertainment and engage guests on a whole new level.  Here are some of the best arcade games: Pac Man Space […]

best 10 gaming blogs

10 gaming blogs you should be following

Top 10 Best Gaming Blogs If you love gaming, then you will want to know everything there is in order to improve your score or finish the story and complete the game. Following popular gaming blogs online is a great way to keep up to date with the latest gaming knowledge. Other gamers often share […]

The Evolution of Games Consoles

The gaming industry is now worth more than the video & music industry combined. It now accounts for more than half of the UK’s entire entertainment market! The evolution of games consoles throughout the years has certainly played a big part in this, and games consoles have rapidly advanced over the years. From retro arcade […]

The Best UK Gaming Events, Expos and Conventions 2022

Games have existed for a really long time.The first true video games surfaced in the 1950’s and the first arcade game, Pong, was created in the early 1970’s. Now we have a multitude of consoles and games that are compatible with computers, PlayStation 4’s and Xbox’s. Nintendo released their first gaming console in 1977 – […]

Works Christmas Party

Add some spark to your Christmas party with interactive products

Plan the ultimate Christmas party The office Christmas party is the perfect way to boost morale and thank your hard-working team for their valuable contribution throughout the year. What better way to return the favour, than with an amazing Christmas party (and a few complimentary drinks!)  Although it may seem like a huge dilemma to […]

Best Arcade Machines of all time

The Best Arcade Games of All Time

A brief history of the classic arcade We all remember the feeling of awe as we ran into the arcade for the first time to see what it had to offer. The excitement on the journey to play our classic favourites, the buzz of playing on the new machines and the opportunity to hang out […]


Top 10 Must-Haves for a Mancave

When you lead a busy life, you need somewhere that you can relax and call your own. For your own personal space, you need a mancave! This is going to be a place where all the fun happens and you can choose whatever fun games you want to make this place paradise for you and […]

Nell JonesNell Jones
12:22 29 Jun 22
We used Arcade Direct for a Boxing machine at the NEC. We chose them party due to the competitive price but also for the quick quote and helpful, clear communication. The machine was fully branded and looked fantastic. It was an absolute draw at the show and remarked on by many as the best entertainment there, bringing a lot of attention to our stand. During the show there was a part broken (no-ones fault) and Mark's support was brilliant with a courier sent immediately with a replacement to our Air bnb during the evening in time for the show opening the next day. We will definitely work with them on any future shows.
Alice ChambersAlice Chambers
17:08 18 Aug 20
Highly recommend Arcade Direct. Mark was so helpful when i queried the status of an order of a Gaming Chair. As the delivery date was longer than expected i had to cancel however the customer service i received was fantastic.
Kat SmithKat Smith
08:48 17 May 20
I recently ordered a gaming chair & was really happy with the service. Mark was really helpful & the delivery was much quicker than expected!
Lee GiacopazziLee Giacopazzi
09:58 31 Oct 19
I have had the pleasure of working with Arcade Direct several times. I can personally attest to their customer service and I have seen first-hand how their arcade machines transform events and venue spaces. I often recommend them to my personal contacts and clients.
Emily TylerEmily Tyler
13:08 16 Oct 18
Would highly recommend Mark & the team not only for hiring their Arcade Machines but for their event planning and theming too which cannot be faulted!