Golden Age Arcade Games: Bootlegs, Lawsuits & Litigation

It is true to say that software piracy and video games go hand in hand, but not just in the home computer and console market. Since the early 70s, literally the infancy of video arcade gaming, manufacturers have struggled with the endless number of counterfeit and “clone” video game cabinets and PCBs out there. Arguably,…

Newbie Goes to Funspot

My annual trip to the USA this November was in two parts. Aside from dropping into Free Play Florida, I’d decided that en-route, a whistle-stop visit to the American Classic Arcade Museum was in order. Joining me on that leg of the trip was my mate and fellow Brit arcade collector Richard May. So this…

Free Play Florida: 2018 Review

Sharp-eyed visitors to Arcade Blogger will know that Free Play Florida is a regular haunt of mine each year. I’m fortunate enough to get some time away on an annual basis, and like to make a stop at Orlando during my November trip, to take part in this great event. Free Play hosts well in…

Atari Asteroids: Creating a Vector Arcade Classic

As Atari’s best-selling arcade game of all time, Asteroids was literally a game changer. Released in December 1979, it was responsible for catapulting Atari into mainstream public consciousness. This was the game that single-handedly broke the stranglehold that Space Invaders had on the video game world. Although created by Atari developer Ed Logg (whose credits…

Weekend Pickup! Sega New Astro City Candy Cabinet

For as long as I’ve been in this hobby, I’ve always loved the look of Candy Cabinets. Designed and built by Japanese manufacturers, and intended for the Asia-Pacific market these low slung cabinets with large 29″ monitors are essentially ‘dumb’ shells. But they come to life when a game PCB is placed into them. Think…

Golden Age Arcade Videos

Thought I’d keep quiet this week and share a few arcade-related videos that came across my desk recently. The first is a short film from award-winning production company 3 Angry Men based here in the UK. It tells a poignant story of arcade days gone by through the eyes of a couple of operators based…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 1

You might recall I picked this cabinet up last year. It was in unrestored condition having been bought from an operator some 20 years ago, then stored. A good honest cab overall. If you missed the post I made at the time, do take a look here. It was an opportunity simply too good to pass by….