Atari Community Awareness Program

The arrival of the video game phenomenon across America’s arcades in the early 80s, hit society like a steam train. Communities across the nation were concerned about arcades becoming dens of iniquities, and many adults struggled to understand the appeal of this new fangled form of electronic entertainment that was sucking so much time (and…

The TDE Podcast Episode 8: Andy Walker

Episode 08 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: TDE Podcast takes you from the North East Yorkshire coastal town of Bridlington to Miami Beach with one of the very few Brits to have developed coin-op videogames for the American…

Williams Electronics Promotional Films

Some time ago I took a look at some of the marketing materials used by Williams Electronics to promote themselves to the industry that would distribute and operate arcade machines across the USA. If you missed that post, check it out here.  Founded way back in 1943, Williams began life as a manufacturer of pinball…

The TDE Podcast Episode 7: John Newcomer

Episode 07 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: An in-depth discussion with John Newcomer, designer and lead developer of one of the most unique and enduring arcade games of the Golden Age, Joust. John talks to The Ted Dabney…

Conquer The Video Craze!

Today’s gamers have it good. Strategy guides, YouTube videos, the internet – all these places can be used to get hints and tips on your favourite video games. Not to mention Twitch – there are several classic gamers too who stream themselves playing old arcade games. All of which is great of course, but as…

The TDE Podcast Episode 6: Doug Wismer of Electrohome

Episode 06 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Electrohome supplied CRT monitors to all the big-name video arcade game manufacturers of the Golden Age, including Atari, Gremlin and Midway. Doug talks to us about how the company was saved…

Atari Liberator: Failure to Launch

I am sure you will have noticed that things have been rather quiet on the blog in recent weeks. I have lots going on, so apologies for the lack of output currently. But an announcement is imminent regarding the book that I’ve working hard to complete (almost there!), so do keep an eye out for…

The TDE Podcast Episode 5: Atari’s Mike Hally

Episode 05 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Mike Hally devoted a quarter of a century to Atari, from the Sunnyvale years through Time Warner, literally turning off the lights when the company closed its doors for good in…

Classic Arcade Gaming Quiz: 2020 Edition

If you’re a regular Arcade Blogger reader, you might recall that back in November 2019, I made my annual trip to The Free Play Florida event in Orlando – read my review of this excellent event here. Each year, I am asked to get involved with the event organisation in some way. Myself and colleague…

The TDE Podcast Episode 4: Atari’s Owen Rubin

Episode 04 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast talks to Space Duel designer Owen Rubin about the frontier days of videogame creation at Atari, the volatility of vector hardware, the original Boss Key, disco…