Missile Commander Book: 2022 Update

I have arranged another run of my book Missile Commander, just in time for Black Friday and of course Christmas! Feedback to date has been universally positive and I want to thank everyone who has supported the project thus far. To celebrate this new 2022 run, I’m adding a couple of things to the package…

What if Atari’s Pong was a Sci-Fi Movie?

Well, there’s a question I’ll bet you’ve never asked yourself. Don’t worry, me neither. But someone out there on the internet did. Pong of course is the arcade videogame that started it all – every video game that has come since, was birthed out of Pong, which also happens to be 50 years old this…

The Last Ridge Racer

Well, this is a bit of a roller coaster tale that I’ve been meaning to share for a while. Before we start, let’s take a trip into the history books to set the scene. In October 1993, Namco released its seminal arcade racer, Ridge Racer to wide acclaim. The graphics, gameplay and sound score, delivered…

The TDE Podcast Ep 25: Centuri coder Lee Feuling

Episode 24 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: The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast: Conversations with Golden Age video arcade greats A podcast project by Richard May, Tony Temple and Paul Drury, in association with The…

Williams Defender Restoration 1

So, with some decent weather around these parts over the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d make a start with the restoration of the Defender upright that I picked up. Catch up on the details here. Our starting point isn’t exactly great, but there’s enough here that’s complete to get this thing back into…

The TDE Podcast Ep 24: Death Race Creator, Howell Ivy

Episode 24 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: Howell Ivy is the creator of Exidy’s infamous Death Race. Released in 1976, this was the first arcade game to stir a moral panic over videogame violence…

Weekend Pickup! Williams Defender

If you’ve been following this blog over the years, you will know that space is now at a premium here at Arcade Blogger Towers. Simply put, I cannot see a way of squeezing another cabinet into the loft arcade space that I have, so future acquisitions in theory are not possible, unless I start selling…

The TDE Podcast Ep 23: Atari graphic designer Evelyn Seto

Episode 23 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: Evelyn Seto worked at Atari under creative director George Opperman on some of the company’s most iconic graphic material, including arcade cabinets such as Fire Truck and…

Atari Star Wars Launch Videos

Released in 1983, Atari’s seminal arcade title Star Wars was the result of three year’s worth of intense development. What started out as a technical proof of concept demo, known internally as Warp Speed, this vector title eventually adorned the Lucas Films licence, with speech and colourful graphics that captured the imagination of teenage gamers…

The TDE Podcast Ep 22: Battlezone programmer Ed Rotberg

Episode 22 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: In accordance with Theurer’s Law – named after Missile Command and Tempest programmer Dave Theurer, which states that every programmer’s first game will be a relative failure…