Open Air Arcade! Arzignano, Italy

Italy has quite a history when it comes to classic arcade gaming – many European manufacturers were based there: Zaccaria of course, Bertolini who produced games under licence from Atari, and of course Sidam, who manufactured many bootleg versions of popular games (as covered in last weeks post). Given this form, it’s not unsurprising that…

Atari Centipede’s Hidden Code Trap

During the peak of Atari’s success, one of the more unlikely tasks given to some of its coin-operated programmers, was to analyse potentially pirated versions of their games. This week, I thought we’d take a look at a legal case brought to the Canadian courts by Atari in 1981. I came across an interesting document…

The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

I was thinking recently that here in the West we take our video game history largely for granted. Look back at the Golden Age of video games, and it’s apparent that we had it pretty good – a regular supply of new titles that pushed the technological boundaries were pumped out from America’s arcade manufacturers…

Free Gold Watch: San Francisco’s Pinball Emporium

A few weeks back I reported on my trip to Arcade Expo 5.0 in Banning, California. I was actually there on vacation for a full week, so decided to drive up the coast from LA and check out San Francisco once the Expo’s festivities were over. I had no real plan in San Francisco, other…

Arcade Raid! The Cincinnati Trailer Experience

Well its been a few weeks since we featured an arcade raid here on the blog, so I reckon its high time we rectified that. Arcade collector Adam was at home one night when his phone rang. It was his friend, who asked him what he was doing the following day. “Not much” was Adam’s…

Classic Arcade News Feed: May 2019

Here’s a summary for you of the latest arcade-related news! This month, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and pull together bunch of videos detailing what’s new relating to the hobby. Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Paul Johnson is a 2D animator with a penchant for…

Q*Bert Prototype Arcade Cabinet

If you find yourself reading this week’s post here on Arcade Blogger, it would be fair to assume that you will be familiar with the arcade game Q*Bert. Released in 1982, the game instantly cemented itself as one of the staples of the Golden Age of Classic Arcade Gaming. It was an immediate hit for…