Star Rider: Arcade Laser Disc’s Last Stand

It struck me that we’ve not yet featured any Laser Disc arcade games here on the blog. Rather than look at the obvious choice of Dragon’s Lair, I thought shining a light on a more obscure title would be more fruitful. I was fortunate enough to play an original Williams Star Rider last year at…

Arcade Raid! The West Virginia Time Capsule

First published 26 January 2018 Another arcade Raid tale to share with you this week. This time, we go to West Virgina – the city of Charleston to be exact. We’ve met collector Jon Jamshid before in a previous Arcade Raid story which I told a few months back. Jon you’ll recall has been party…

Atari Tempest: Dave Theurer’s Masterpiece

It’s a brave man who tries to criticize Atari’s seminal groundbreaking game Tempest. More than any other classic arcade game, Tempest hit the arcade scene like a juggernaut. Nothing like it had been seen before, and arguably, nothing has come close since. As Atari’s first full colour vector game, Tempest not only broke new technical…

Where did all the Defenders go?

It’s hard to resist Defender as a classic arcade game. Recognised as one of the best shoot-em-ups of all time, Eugene Jarvis’ monumental arcade game for manufacturer Williams remains top of the pile in every sense of the word. Aside from a Pong clone released a few years earlier, Defender was the first arcade game…

Miami Pinball Museum

The handful of arcade video game manufacturers out there today, are producing games that bear little resemblance to those around during the Golden Age. Gone are the days of single coin plays for high scores. Video games today tend to be more about time limited or redemption based gameplay. Which is a shame of course….

2017 Review & Free to Watch Arcade Movies!

As 2017 draws to a close, I thought some reflection this week would be in order. It’s been another great year for the site with visitor numbers in the hundreds of thousands for the second year running. For a site like this, covering such a niche subject matter, the level of support has been fantastic…

Arcade Raid! The Mississippi Screwjob

It’s Arcade Raid time again here on the blog! This week we head to Mississippi with long time pinball and arcade machine collector Jay, who kindly shared a great set of pictures with me from a raid he was part of back in 2001. Putting the feelers out in the hunt for arcade cabinets is…

Tim Stryker’s Aztarac: The Final Chapter

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you won’t have forgotten the tale from earlier this year about the arcade game Aztarac released by Centuri back in 1983. If that doesn’t ring any bells, or if you’re new to the story, please take five minutes to read up on the story here. If clicking…

Cosmic Guerilla Restoration 2 FINAL

Back again with the final part of this Cosmic Guerilla upright arcade cabinet restoration. If you missed where we got to last time, check out progress here. So having repaired some bowing on the cab, and resprayed the metal parts, including the coin door and marquee retainers, it was time to take a look at…

Free Play Florida: 2017 Review

Well I’m back from my annual trip to America, with a ton of cool classic arcade related info to share – look out for those articles in the coming weeks here on Arcade Blogger. First up, I thought I’d start with a review of the three-day Free Play Florida event which took place on 17-19…

Space Port: Arcade Training Videos

A video post this week. Space Port was a chain of arcades across America usually located within shopping malls. Along the lines of Time-Out, it was a staple of any eighties kid’s world. As the name suggests, the branding was very space age! I came across a couple of interesting videos on YouTube, that I…

Atari Kangaroo: The elephant in the arcade

It goes without saying that Atari released the majority of the true classics during the Golden Era of arcade gaming. Hit after hit was created, manufactured and released. But it wasn’t easy. The challenge they faced was constantly having to come up with new concepts and ideas. If there was a flaw in their business…