Arcade Game Money Goes to a Good Cause

The Red Cross is one smart organization. Fans of upright video game machines who also like helping people now have a new way of entertaining themselves at the Stockholm airport while making a difference. The Swedish Red Cross is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the largest humanitarian organization in the world, and now they’ve united with a Swedish airport company to make air travel a bit more interesting.

Stock Up on Coins if Traveling to Sweden

At Sweden’s Stockholm and Gothenburg airports, an ingenious scheme involving spare change and games has arrived. That’s right, classic arcade cabinets are now available for play while travelers wait for connections.

Unlike a visit to a traditional arcade, gamers perhaps won’t feel reservations about spending all their money on the next level…then the next level. After all, coins deposited into these upright arcade machines all go to charity.

The Red Cross partnered with Swedavia, the airport operating company, to replace traditional donation boxes with an air passenger-friendly diversion. After all, only a portion of air travel is spent actually flying. The rest of the time most passengers wait for hours or longer to board the aircraft.

Currency Exchange

What if an international flight lands you in one of Sweden’s airport hubs for a few hours, but you have no Swedish currency with which to play one of your old arcade favorites? The Red Cross and the company that designed the machines – Akestamholst – already thought of that. The designers customized each cabinet to take coins of all currencies.

Currently, three games are offered: Space Invaders, Ms. Pac-Man, and Galaga. Spend U.S. coins or use up your foreign currency to brush-up on your skills the next time you’re in Sweden. Who knows, maybe the Swedish Red Cross’ brilliant idea will make its way to airports in America as well.