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…

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…

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…

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…

Atari Battlezone: Weekend Pickup!

A few weeks back you will have read here on the blog about Pete Davies, the UK-based collector who sadly passed away last year. A group of us travelled up to his house in Scotland and were able to rescue his collection and distribute the cabinets amongst the community. My own pickup from that weekend…

Arcade Raid! Old Trafford, UK

Fortune favours the brave they say. I’ve written on this blog here before that the collectors who do the hunting and investigating are the ones who tend to come across large stashes of abandoned arcade cabinets. But sometimes arcade collectors are just plain fortunate and can stumble across amazing opportunities. You make your own luck…

More Missile Command Talk

A few months back I was asked to be interviewed by a friend of mine Alan Stewart (aka “Mamemeister”) who runs a cracking YouTube channel covering all things retro gaming. The interview went on a bit, and before we knew it, we’d talked for a good two hours about Missile Command and 80s arcade machines….

Atari Gravitar: Weekend Pickup!

I’ve been eyeing up these third generation Atari Vector cabinets for some time now. Space Duel is a particular favourite of mine, and I’ve been banging on about wanting a Quantum for years. My issue to date has been twofold: Space. I have very little of it, and these vector cabs are large beasts. These…

Pete Davies: The ‘Invadar’ Arcade Collection

One of the very early committed arcade collectors here in the UK was a guy called Pete Davies. Known on the arcade forums as Invadar, he was by all accounts, very well liked by his fellow collectors. I can’t say that I knew him on a personal level (I’m not sure that many people did),…