Atari Tempest Spinner Upgrade Kit Installation

Pursuing a hobby that involves 30+ year old electronic and mechanical parts comes with its own set of challenges. Repairing old circuit boards is one thing; fixing and maintaining what were often bespoke made parts is another. Some things are pretty simple to replace where they are standard components – bolts, nuts, screws and washers,…

The Wonderful World of Arcade Cabinet Conversions

Those of you with good memories may recall I wrote an article a few months back on the subject of brutal arcade machine “conversions” – you can catch up on that article here. The practice of converting an original dedicated arcade cabinet was commonplace back in the mid to late 80s. Those of us who…

Silverball Pinball Museum: Delray Beach, FL.

During my recent visit to the USA to attend the Free Play Florida 2016 event, I was fortunate enough to be able to check out some other local arcade locations, including this gem of a place tucked away in the town of Delray Beach on the Atlantic coast of the Sunshine State. Housed in a…

History of Arcade Video Games Documentary

So Christmas is here, and I’m guessing you are all busy getting ready for the festivities. So here’s something you can sit and watch when you get a quiet few minutes from the kids and relatives. Collecting, restoring and playing classic arcade games brings out interesting reactions in others. For the most part, people come…

Arcade Raid! Cabs found in Kent, UK

Always good to report on an arcade raid over here in the UK, as sadly for us British collectors, these tend to be few and far between. As stashes of arcade machines get discovered over the years, finding out about new ones becomes more difficult. But they do happen, and proves that these machines are…

Free Play Florida: 2016 Review

Collecting classic arcade games is an expensive habit. There’s always one more cabinet to hunt down, and every collector will have a grail – the one cab you really, really, really need to find. And when you find your grail, it’ll be replaced with another grail to hunt down. Seasoned enthusiasts will all tell you…

’83 TV Mini-Series: Video Game All-Stars

A video post this week. At the height of its popularity, the video arcade industry was everywhere. In the USA, it was simply impossible to ignore. Anyone of a certain age will tell you that arcade culture was very much a way of life for young people in every single state. The years 1979 through to 1983 or…

Funspot: The World’s Largest Classic Arcade Museum

It was the summer of 1952, and Bob Lawton had a plan. Armed with a loan of $750 from his grandmother and some savvy business sense, he along with his brother, built a 35c per play indoor golf center on the second floor of a 6,000 sq ft property in the heart of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. As…

Atari Major Havoc Scratch Build

In arcade collecting circles, the “holy grail” is that one cab. The cab you are always chasing down. It might be the one you played as a kid, or just a very rare machine that always seems just out of reach either in terms of its scarcity, or cost (usually both in my case). There…

Arcade Raid! Amazing NOS Artwork Haul

Before we get into this weeks article, a bit of housekeeping if I may. My arcade room has been shortlisted for “Gamesroom of the year 2016” over here in the UK. If I could trouble you all for a vote, it would be much appreciated! You can cast your vote here Thank you! So this…

Atari Centipede Upright Restoration 5 FINAL

OK we’ve made it. The Atari Centipede is complete! If you’ve missed the previous installations, you can read them all here. So what follows, are the final pieces of the jigsaw being sorted out. First up, t-molding. This is the thing that really smartens up a cab, and gives it that finishing touch. I ordered 120 foot…

Bradley Trainer: Atari’s Top Secret Military Project

Atari’s Battlezone arcade game released in 1981 was an immediate classic. This first-person wire frame vector shoot-em-up, puts the player at the controls of a tank wandering the wilderness of a futuristic-looking battlefield, shooting down enemy tanks, UFOs and missiles. Around 15,000 machines were rolled out of Atari’s factory in both upright and cabaret form. Here,…