The TDE Podcast Episode 4: Atari’s Owen Rubin

Episode 04 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast talks to Space Duel designer Owen Rubin about the frontier days of videogame creation at Atari, the volatility of vector hardware, the original Boss Key, disco dancing and Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell’s infamous pool parties. Owen was full of great…

The Development of Robotron

Is there a classic arcade game player out there that doesn’t like Robotron? Released by Williams Electronics in 1982, it is the quintessential arcade shooter. Ferocious enemies, panic-inducing gameplay and sounds that match the action on screen like no other game of its time. Having spent 18 months developing the wildly successful side-scrolling shooters Defender…

The TDE Podcast Episode 3: ACAM’s Gary Vincent

Episode 03 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast catches up with a long-time friend, ACAM’s Gary Vincent. We discuss Gary’s early days at Funspot, NH, his participation in Randy Fromm’s Arcade School, Funspot’s transition from electromechanical to video arcade and the establishment of ACAM. Gary shares his…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 3

So I’m in the home straight here with my Robotron upright restoration. If you missed Part 2, you can quickly catch up here. In short, we left the cabinet last time having just used filler to tidy up the bottom edges, which were disintegrating quite badly, and I wanted to patch those up so that…

The TDE Podcast Episode 02: GORF’s Jamie Fenton

Episode 02 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! TDE sits down with Jamie Fenton, the developer of the original multi-game shooter, Gorf. We dig deep into Jamie’s early life and career with Dave Nutting Associates and Midway. We talk transgender issues, Datsun sports cars, Larry Cuba of Star Wars SFX fame, the…

Atari Centipede Prototype surfaces!

Atari’s Centipede was a huge hit with arcade operators and players during the golden years of classic arcade gaming. Second in terms of production numbers only to Asteroids, Centipede shifted just over 46,000 upright units during its lifetime. Released in 1981, three units were produced; an upright, cabaret and cocktail variants rolled off the production…

Nintendo Red Tent Vs Cabinet Restoration

You’ll recall a few weeks back I wrote about the acquisition of this great cabinet, released by Nintendo in 1984. This particular example is in great shape, and I was very fortunate to be able to snag it and bring it back to Arcade Blogger towers. If you missed out on the original post, have…

Classic Arcade News Feed: April 2020

I hope everyone is doing OK in the current situation. I’ve been keeping busy with Nintendo Red Tent and Robotron restorations – updates will of course follow here on the blog in the coming weeks. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these; I’ve been bookmarking a few things over the last few…

The TDE Podcast

It’s been a busy few months here at Arcade Blogger towers, but I’m delighted this week to share something new with you that I’ve been a part of – a new podcast! This is an idea that I’ve had brewing for some time, but wasn’t quite sure what direction to go in or how to…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 2

So this cabinet has been sat in my garage for the best part of two years waiting for restoration work. To be fair, it’s been in a queue – things are getting stacked up out there in recent months. But with a week off work, I decided to try to make some progress recently, so…