In Brookfield, IL, just a block away from Brixie's Bar & Grill, there is a national treasure of nostalgia: Galloping Ghost Arcade. In the United States, aside from game rooms at hotels, pizza joints, and the occasional Chuck E. Cheese, the traditional arcade is all but dead. Galloping Ghost is a beacon of light among the ruins.
It started with a flicker, a flash. A hidden URL tucked away at the end of a trailer for an upcoming video game pointed eagle-eyed viewers to the hacked website of an amateur beekeeper in San Francisco. Interspersed between the broken pixels and strange computer jargon was an ominous message: "Countdown to Wide Awake and Physical." The timer was quickly approaching zero.