Atari Battlezone Restoration 4

I’ve actually been getting a bit of grief about the lack of updates on my twitter account about this restoration! It’s a fair cop. The grim late winter over here has meant slow progress with the Battlezone (well that, and my laziness hasn’t helped either), but milder weather is upon us, so I’ve been able…

California Extreme 2017 Arcade Expo

The best thing about this crazy hobby, are the huge numbers of collectors who simply want to share their games with a wider audience. And there’s no better demonstration of this community spirit than the large numbers of arcade events that take place across America each year. I’ve written before about my own experiences at…

Arcade Raid! Euro Zaccaria Rescue

Italian arcade manufacturer Zaccaria holds a special place in collectors’ hearts over here in Europe. At one point, they were the third largest producer of pinball machines after Williams and Bally, and were also renowned for their video game releases during the 70s and 80s. As well as some of their own in-house developed games,…

A Tour of the Alpha 1 Classic Arcade Collection

On occasion I am fortunate enough to ‘go behind the scenes’ of this hobby. Over the years I’ve got to know a few arcade operators and owners of classic arcade machines, both here and stateside, and they’ve been good enough to allow me to view some of the stuff that’s out back. Invariably, from a…

Atari Gravitar Restoration 1

Those of you with a keen eye for detail may have been wondering what the heck happened to the Atari Gravitar I picked up in the Autumn last year. Well, I can reveal right here, right now, that not very much has happened at all. We had Christmas, and before that my US trip occurred,…

‘The Lost Arcade’ Documentary Review

There are just a handful of films dedicated to the subject of classic arcade gaming. Some you’ll know I’m sure (King of Kong for instance), and others which are more underground, but definitely worth a watch. I’ll be sharing a few of them with you in a future blog post at some point. Meantime, there…

Asteroids ‘Braze’ Multigame Kit Installation

Great as it is owning an original dedicated classic arcade machine, there will come a time when you are rather jaded at playing the same game again and again. Consider your modern-day console – you might purchase the launch killer-app game to go with it, but chances are after six months, you are no longer…

Arcade Raid! Computer Space Barn Finds

I learned a new word today: Boonies. An American colloquialism apparently, meaning “in the middle of nowhere”. I couldn’t find a better word to describe this week’s Arcade Raid tale. And this one is a cracker! If you’ve been a regular reader of the Arcade Raid! features on this blog, you will have seen that…

Atari Star Wars: Arcade Cockpit Development

Ask any fan of Golden Age classic arcade machines what their fondest recollection of the era is, and it is likely that Atari’s seminal Star Wars game is going to be mentioned by most. Released in 1983, the game is indeed a true classic and is arguably one of the best uses of a licence…

Williams Robotron: Weekend Pickup!

I really don’t need any more restoration projects. So of course when an opportunity came up to buy a rather rare European Williams Robotron upright cabinet, I jumped at the chance. Such is the madness of this hobby. But that’s it now – NO MORE. At least until the next cab comes up. (But seriously,…

GDI’s Slither: The $1.3 Million Arcade Crash & Burn

For all the wrong reasons, Slither holds its very own special place in classic arcade gaming history. Created by Game Domain International (GDI) in 1982, it could be politely argued that the game was inspired by Atari’s seminal Centipede title released two years previously. Slither came and went very quickly, and as you’ll read below, even if…

Arcade Raid! Tampa Storm Damage

A picture-heavy arcade raid tale to share this week. Jenn May is a long-standing arcade collector located in Tampa FL. She’s been acquiring and restoring classic arcade machines for over 15 years. Jenn tells me that cabs come and go on heavy rotation, but her current tally is 32 complete video arcade cabinets and 2…