’83 TV Mini-Series: Video Game All-Stars

A video post this week. At the height of its popularity, the video arcade industry was everywhere. In the USA, it was simply impossible to ignore. Anyone of a certain age will tell you that arcade culture was very much a way of life for young people in every single state. The years 1979 through to 1983 or…

Funspot: The World’s Largest Classic Arcade Museum

It was the summer of 1952, and Bob Lawton had a plan. Armed with a loan of $750 from his grandmother and some savvy business sense, he along with his brother, built a 35c per play indoor golf center on the second floor of a 6,000 sq ft property in the heart of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. As…

Atari Major Havoc Scratch Build

In arcade collecting circles, the “holy grail” is that one cab. The cab you are always chasing down. It might be the one you played as a kid, or just a very rare machine that always seems just out of reach either in terms of its scarcity, or cost (usually both in my case). There…

Arcade Raid! Amazing NOS Artwork Haul

Before we get into this weeks article, a bit of housekeeping if I may. My arcade room has been shortlisted for “Gamesroom of the year 2016” over here in the UK. If I could trouble you all for a vote, it would be much appreciated! You can cast your vote here Thank you! So this…

Atari Centipede Upright Restoration 5 FINAL

OK we’ve made it. The Atari Centipede is complete! If you’ve missed the previous installations, you can read them all here. So what follows, are the final pieces of the jigsaw being sorted out. First up, t-molding. This is the thing that really smartens up a cab, and gives it that finishing touch. I ordered 120 foot…

Bradley Trainer: Atari’s Top Secret Military Project

Atari’s Battlezone arcade game released in 1981 was an immediate classic. This first-person wire frame vector shoot-em-up, puts the player at the controls of a tank wandering the wilderness of a futuristic-looking battlefield, shooting down enemy tanks, UFOs and missiles. Around 15,000 machines were rolled out of Atari’s factory in both upright and cabaret form. Here,…

Arcade Cockpits: Excess All Areas

Working with limited technical hardware, the arcade manufacturers of the 80’s had to think outside of the box. Constantly delivering commercially successful immersive experiences to a demanding and fickle public was no easy task. Graphics, game play, sounds, artwork, controls and hardware all played an important part in making sure that operators took money in…

Atari Battlezone Restoration Part 1

You’ll have read about this cab in a previous “Weekend Pickup” post here. It was one of the cabinets from the late Pete Davies’ collection, which you can read about here. It’s in a pretty sorry state, but shouldn’t take too much work to get things sorted out. (I don’t know why I always say that, because…

Nintendo’s Monkey Magic Finally Surfaces

An interesting development in the classic arcade world this week, and one I thought worth interrupting my intended article for the blog today (sorry Wolfie!). Monkey Magic is an arcade title you are unlikely to have heard of; and for good reason. Released in 1979 by Nintendo in very small numbers, it was one of…

Donkey Kong: Time-Lapse Photography

You may recall a previous post here on the blog, where I set up my camera and captured Atari’s Tempest vector arcade machine using a timelapse feature. I was really pleased with the results. (If you missed that post first time round, you can play catch up here). Essentially what the camera does is take a…

Atari Centipede Upright Restoration 4

So we should now be in the home straight on the restoration of this Atari Centipede. What started as a “light restore” has turned into quite the job. I under-estimated just how much work I had to do to get this cabinet up and running and looking decent again. But things are coming together, and…

Classic Arcade Celebrity All-Star Special!

Celebrity endorsements are everywhere today. We live in a culture where “stars” will align their fame with appropriate brands, intentionally or even unintentionally, and consumers will lap it all up. Throw a few quid at David Beckham to pose next to a fancy blue bottle, and your whiskey sales will skyrocket. If Prince George happens to be sporting your…