Retrovolt Arcade: Calimesa, CA

I’ve been following Retrovolt Arcade on Instagram for some time now, and had a feeling that the place might be worth visiting one day. The pictures showed an intimate arcade that was running with some success. As luck would have it, I realised I was going to be in the area, as I was travelling…

Classic Arcade Graveyards

Discovering abandoned arcade cabinets is always a thrill. The research, the hunt, following up on leads, the thrill of the chase, is what most collectors are in the hobby for. And that will work out especially well when the cabinets you rescue are salvageable. But any serious collector/hunter of cabinets from the Golden Age of…

Footage from the Arcade Factory Floors

I have some great arcade factory footage to share with you this week. Way back when on the blog, I wrote a piece called Tales from the Arcade Factory Floors, which proved very popular. If you missed it, do take a few minutes to check out the great collection of pictures from back in the…

Arcade Expo 4.0, Banning, CA

The Museum of Pinball is a place you may not have heard of, for the simple reason that it is rarely open to the public. Located east of Los Angeles on an 18 acre plot, the facility plays host to over 1,100 pinball and video arcade games from the classic and modern eras. The amassed…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 6 FINAL

It’s always good to complete a restoration. This Atari Battlezone cabaret is no exception. This cabinet was part of the Pete Davies collection, that I picked up last year. As one of 60-odd cabinets rescued from his house in Scotland, it has been very satisfying to get the machine up and running again in his…

Arcade Raid! The Czech Republic Encounter

A short and sweet Arcade Raid to report this week. Eastern Europe is not a place you’d associate with classic arcade gaming. But the area was sporadically served by arcade distributors back in the day. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from these arcade raid tales, Golden Age arcade cabinets can turn up in…

Williams Inc. Arcade Marketing Materials

In the early 80s, the obvious direction for arcade manufacturers to market their product, was towards arcade operators. When we as players, look back at this time – the boom years of arcade production – most of us will recall going to a traditional arcade to play the latest titles. This was the line of…

‘High Score’ Arcade Marathon Documentary

High Score was the original Classic Arcade Gaming documentary. It came out in 2006, and charts the journey of Classic Arcade player Bill Carlton as he tries to take down the then 20-year-old Missile Command marathon high score, held by Victor Ali. This week on the blog, you can watch it for free in your…

The Daytona Arcade Museum

Thought I’d share some details of this place I stumbled across late last year after visiting the Free Play Florida event in Orlando. I’ve not seen Daytona Arcade Museum mentioned before on any collector forums, so after finding out about the place, figured a visit would be in order. Despite calling itself a museum, it…

Star Rider: Arcade Laser Disc’s Last Stand

It struck me that we’ve not yet featured any Laser Disc arcade games here on the blog. Rather than look at the obvious choice of Dragon’s Lair, I thought shining a light on a more obscure title would be more fruitful. I was fortunate enough to play an original Williams Star Rider last year at…

Arcade Raid! The West Virginia Time Capsule

First published 26 January 2018 Another arcade Raid tale to share with you this week. This time, we go to West Virgina – the city of Charleston to be exact. We’ve met collector Jon Jamshid before in a previous Arcade Raid story which I told a few months back. Jon you’ll recall has been party…

Atari Tempest: Dave Theurer’s Masterpiece

It’s a brave man who tries to criticize Atari’s seminal groundbreaking game Tempest. More than any other classic arcade game, Tempest hit the arcade scene like a juggernaut. Nothing like it had been seen before, and arguably, nothing has come close since. As Atari’s first full colour vector game, Tempest not only broke new technical…