Missile Commander Book

I am pleased to offer readers of Arcade Blogger, signed copies of my book Missile Commander. So what’s it all about? Missile Commander has been a 7-year creative project. If you’ve not figured it out by the title, the book takes a deep dive into the creation of Atari’s arcade game Missile Command, from its…

The TDE Podcast Ep 19: Asteroids Creator Ed Logg

Episode 19 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Ed Logg, AKA Super Duper Game Guy, is the programmer’s programmer. Cited by his contemporaries as one of the all-time greats, Ed designed and co-developed arcade smash…

Classic Arcade Gaming Postmortems

Every year in San Francisco, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking. Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, and business leaders. A whole series of events and talk…

The TDE Podcast Ep 18: Former Atari VP Steve Calfee

Episode 18 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Steve Calfee has rarely gone on record about his time at Atari. His managerial role at the company’s Coin-Op division saw him channel the work of well-known…

Capcom Mini Cute Restoration 2

A lot of progress to share this week on the Capcom Mini Cute candy cabinet that I picked up last year. If you missed the first part of this restoration, check it out here. As a reminder, I was starting with a horror show. The cabinet was a mess, both in terms of the state…

The TDE Podcast Ep 17: Gottlieb alumnus David Thiel

Episode 17 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: David Thiel is perhaps best known for his pinball audio work on titles such as Tron: Legacy, Alien, Dialed In, Avatar and Family Guy, but he was…

Atari Gravitar Cabaret & Cocktail Cabinets

Released in 1982, Atari’s Gravitar, represents one of the last great colour vector titles released during the Golden Age of classic arcade gaming. Project led by Mike Halley and programmed by Rich Adam, the game is generally regarded as being hard as nails. This, coupled with a general downturn in the industry and a level…

The TDE Podcast Ep 16: author Tim Lapetino

Episode 16 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: A great discussion with author Tim Lapetino on the underrated yet enduring legacy of Atari creative director George Opperman. We also go behind the scenes on both…

Freddy Flames: Centuri’s Lost Arcade Game

Some time back, I wrote about Centuri’s successful but brief stint as an arcade manufacturer in the early 80s. In that article, which you can check out here, I touched on a game developed by a member of Centuri’s in-house development team. This week I want to share some more detail about that game –…

The TDE Podcast Ep 15: Atari Programmer Bob Flanagan

Episode 15 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Honing his coding skills producing games for the Apple II, Bob Flanagan joined Atari in 1984. It was a difficult time for the company and the industry…

Capcom Mini Cute Restoration 1

The Capcom Mini Cute arcade cabinet was launched in Japan during 1991; which for older readers of this blog is probably a frightening thought: 30 years ago! Primarily aimed at kids, it stands at just 1300mm tall, resulting in one of the most diminutive arcade cabinets ever released. As a result, this all-steel games machine…