ArcadeThunder first opened on July 19, 2011 with the name "Thunder Games". The site was created as way for me to pass the time, and was also used for many college projects. At the time, Thunder Games was hosted on a free web hosting platform. The site began to grow, and was quickly too large for a free host. I upgraded to a paid server for the site, and also purchased the domain name "ArcadeThunder.com" because Thunder Games was already used. Thunder Games became Arcade Thunder on September 23, 2011.
Over the following months, the site really grew quite a bit. By 2013, hundreds of people were playing games on the site every day. I decided at that time that I wanted to turn the site from a "just for fun project" into a real business, and began exploring revenue opportunities. The site has been steadily growing since, and is now being enjoyed by over 10,000 people every day. So, THANK YOU to all of you that play games here. You are much appreciated!
So, you want to know a little bit more about the person behind the site? Yay!
My name is Chris (Extends hand for virtual handshake) and I've owned ArcadeThunder since 2011.
I'm 27 years old, and have always had a passion for web design and casual gaming, so this site was a perfect fit! I've been creating websites since 2005, starting with fansites for other popular online games at the time. Little did I know that in 2005, I'd be starting a journey that would take me to where I am today.
From 2007-2011, I was a host for an online game show called PlayNation, which was a 2-hour live show that featured a variety of word, number, picture and trivia games where players solved the quizzes and earned "tokens", a virtual currency used to enter prize drawings and redeem for prizes.
Today, I work a full time job, and work on ArcadeThunder as much as possible. In my spare time, I enjoy walking/hiking, bowling, pinball, hanging out with friends, and playing with my fur-babies -- I have three dogs & two cats!
I remember being a typical person in their late teens/early 20s, with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Nobody could have told me years ago that this site would grow to become what it is today. I am truly thankful for everyone who visits this site and plays games. I cannot believe the impact this site has had on some of my visitors. I've had E-Mails from people in their 80's saying how much they appreciate the games and how they keep their mind active, or from people who are going through a difficult time and this site is their relaxation source. That alone means the world to me.
Okay, Okay, Enough about Me. I hope you enjoy the work I put into this site :-)
ArcadeThunder has survived since 2011 because of players like you. Here are some additional ways you can support this site:
New games are always being added to the site, and many of them come from players like you! If there is a really fun game that you would like to see added to the site, let me know! If you’re a developer trying to get your game “out there” – send it to me! You can use the Game Submission Form, or simply Email Me.
I love hearing what players think about this site. There are a few ways to get in touch with me, which can be found on the Contact Page. Don’t be shy, drop me a line with your thoughts on the site or any questions you may have – or just say Hello!