Bally Sente: Saviour of the Arcades?

The 70s and early 80s arcade industry was cumbersome and wasteful to say the least. Manufacturers like Atari, Williams and Centuri built business models based on the ability to sell new hardware to operators. The release of a new arcade title meant operators and distributors had to buy not only the game itself, but the […]

Atari Gotcha: The Boob Game

Released in October 1973, Atari’s fourth arcade videogame Gotcha was an attempt to further diversify the company and put some innovative distance between itself and its competitors. At the time, the one thing that Atari hadn’t accounted for were the dozens of clones of its first mass-produced arcade game – the seminal Pong. Pong had…

Classic Arcade News Feed: September 2019

Here’s this month’s classic arcade news feed – a run down of news and interesting stuff about the hobby that I’ve spotted, all here in one post! A bit of news from me to start us off. I was approached last month by Circus Journal Magazine here in the UK. They wanted to write a…

Death Race: Exidy’s Video Arcade Nasty

Video games have always run the gauntlet with mainstream media one way or another. Grand Theft Auto and Mortal Kombat are just two recent examples where commentators have sought to point fingers at the depiction of graphic violence on screens, supposedly corrupting the youth game-playing population of the world. But probably the earliest example of…

Arcade Raid! Playland Park, Flint, Michigan

Playland Park has been a cornerstone of family entertainment in the Flint area of Michigan since 1968. Hank Werner created Playland, which housed go-carts, miniature golf, an ice cream parlour, pizza and later, arcade video games and pinball. Prior to its recent closure, the business thrived throughout the 70s and 80s, and even after Hank…

Classic Arcade News Feed: July 2019

Classic Arcade news time again here on the blog. This month, I’ve pulled out a bunch of interesting videos that I thought were worth sharing. First up, classic arcade gaming Centipede will be 40 years old very soon, and has been re-mastered once more for the arcades. Announced this month, Centipede Chaos, can see up to…

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…