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'The Revolution' Video Gaming Center Coming to Stony Brook

Ward Melville graduate fulfills longtime dream of opening his own business.

From the time he was a teenager working in his father's pharmacy, Mike Auricchio has held a lot of different jobs, from the automotive industry to the insurance industry to retail management.

Now, the 2002 Ward Melville graduate is fulfilling a dream he has had for eight years: opening his own business. Auricchio is getting ready to open the doors to his video gaming center, The Revolution, in Stony Brook on Sept. 1.

"A lot of people say follow your dreams, but they never do," he said. "Well, I’ve been talking a long time. It’s dream time."

The Revolution will offer both video game retail and a pay-to-play game room, filling what he hopes will be a dire need in town: a cool place for young people to hang out.

"That's what everyone said growing up – there was nothing to do around here," said Auricchio, 28, who still lives in Stony Brook.

The business is partly inspired by one of his own favorite places as a kid, Spaceplex, which closed not long after Sports Plus popped up in Lake Grove during the 1990s. And it's partly inspired by , where Auricchio briefly worked several years ago – a business model on which he thought he could improve.

Located next to on Route 25A, and formerly home to a Kaplan test prep center, The Revolution will feature several vintage arcade games, including "Marvel Vs. Capcom," "Mortal Kombat 2," "Virtual Cop 2," and more.

Auricchio has equipped the gaming center with a 120-inch pull-down projection screen, a 60-inch 3D TV system, and additional 60-inch TVs. Game systems will include Nintendo, Sega Saturn, xBox and xBox 360, Playstation and more. On the retail side, The Revolution will sell game systems, hard-to-find accessories, and apparell such as t-shirts and hats.

There will be tournaments.

"Let’s have fun. They’re video games, they’re meant for fun," Auricchio said. "Come in and play and have a good time."

When Auricchio was searching for a location to open his store, he said he checked out places from Lake Grove to Rocky Point and down to West Babylon before stumbling upon one right in his own back yard. Among the challenges he faced: finding a municipality that would allow him to open a game room, as some town codes don't allow them.

But not long ago, Auricchio said, he and his brother went to eat at Green Cactus and noticed the empty storefront next door: a place they had passed by many times, but never really took notice of until just then. Auricchio signed the lease on the 1,440-square-foot space on Aug. 10. The reality is just starting to hit him and he couldn't be happier, he said.

"Obviously running your own business is stressful and time consuming," he said, "but if it puts a smile on your face, why wouldn’t you want to do it every day?"

Amuser August 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Good stuff, Mike, best of luck! I was a PROLIFIC Tetris Attack player on the SNES during college and, if you got one of those in there, I am confident I could still win the 3V championship.
Mike Voigt - Computer Guy Next Door August 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Cool Idea Mike! Good Luck on on the Grand Opening! I was hooked on video games in the '80's and played them til all hours on my Atari 800 Computer, so my vintage is more like ancient. I'll stop in and check your gaming center out.
peopleschamp August 25, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Brett, I'm not to sure you could still win the 3V... atleast not the peoples champ lol, we were tied pretty close in SNES mauser

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