An Ohio family has an entire ’90s arcade in their basement — and TikTok is obsessed

Like the famous TikTok audio says, everyone has that one thing in their house that everybody thinks is so cool.

For Reilly Berk, that thing is a literal arcade. The college student is going viral after sharing her family’s basement in a recent TikTok video.

The clip has nearly 800,000 views, and it’s easy to see why. The Berk family basement is essentially a full-on ’90s arcade, complete with 50 video games, 100 pinball machines and one nostalgia-inducing carpet design.


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Berk told In The Know that her basement “has always been like that,” ever since her parents built their house around 30 years ago. Her dad Rob has been collecting pinball machines and other games for most of his life.

It’s clear the family gets plenty of use out of the decked-out basement, too. In the past, Berk has shared other videos from inside the arcade, many of which feature her dad and siblings enjoying the games, music and lights.


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Berk told In The Know that’s her favorite thing about the arcade — the fact that it “brings people together.”

“No matter who we have over, everyone is instantly in a good mood when we’re in the basement and it’s just so much fun playing the games together,” she said. “My dad also loves to have pinball tournaments with all of my siblings so that’s always fun and something we always look forward to.”

Many TikTok users were similarly excited by the arcade. Several commented on Berk’s recent video to call the basement “crazy” and “magical.”

“This is the happiest I’ve been in a decade,” one user wrote.

“That carpet screams 1995-2004,” another added.

“How did you get all that?” another asked.

As Berk explained in an earlier TikTok, her dad finds the games from all kinds of places. Sometimes he buys them online or from newspaper ads; other times, he gets them at conventions and trade shows.

“He had his first pinball machine when he was 5 years old,” Berk says of her father in the clip. “And he’s just loved it ever since.”

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