Arcade Raid! Awesome Cab Haul: Nebraska, USA

Another arcade raid to report this week. This one occurred just a few months back. Despite what many might think, there are still classic arcade machines being found every month. In America, there are plenty of cabinets hidden away in various locations. Stored years ago in warehouses, barns and storage units, these gems are just…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 2

Well it’s been a while since I wrote about this Battlezone cabaret restoration, so thought it time for an update. Part 1 saw us cleaning the cab out of its hardware, removing the horrible white mould that came with it, and getting the monitor up and running. A solid start. (Catch up on part 1…

Centuri Aztarac: Finding THE Holy Arcade Grail…

Let me start by saying that this is the most amazingly poignant tale I’ve come across in arcade collecting circles. I’ve written before about incredible rare arcade “finds” that have happened over the years, including the yarn about the Sundance cabinet found in a long-abandoned building, and of course the epic Fun Ship raid. But…

Atari Tempest Spinner Upgrade Kit Installation

Pursuing a hobby that involves 30+ year old electronic and mechanical parts comes with its own set of challenges. Repairing old circuit boards is one thing; fixing and maintaining what were often bespoke made parts is another. Some things are pretty simple to replace where they are standard components – bolts, nuts, screws and washers,…

The Wonderful World of Arcade Cabinet Conversions

Those of you with good memories may recall I wrote an article a few months back on the subject of brutal arcade machine “conversions” – you can catch up on that article here. The practice of converting an original dedicated arcade cabinet was commonplace back in the mid to late 80s. Those of us who…

Silverball Pinball Museum: Delray Beach, FL.

During my recent visit to the USA to attend the Free Play Florida 2016 event, I was fortunate enough to be able to check out some other local arcade locations, including this gem of a place tucked away in the town of Delray Beach on the Atlantic coast of the Sunshine State. Housed in a…

History of Arcade Video Games Documentary

So Christmas is here, and I’m guessing you are all busy getting ready for the festivities. So here’s something you can sit and watch when you get a quiet few minutes from the kids and relatives. Collecting, restoring and playing classic arcade games brings out interesting reactions in others. For the most part, people come…

Arcade Raid! Cabs found in Kent, UK

Always good to report on an arcade raid over here in the UK, as sadly for us British collectors, these tend to be few and far between. As stashes of arcade machines get discovered over the years, finding out about new ones becomes more difficult. But they do happen, and proves that these machines are…

Free Play Florida: 2016 Review

Collecting classic arcade games is an expensive habit. There’s always one more cabinet to hunt down, and every collector will have a grail – the one cab you really, really, really need to find. And when you find your grail, it’ll be replaced with another grail to hunt down. Seasoned enthusiasts will all tell you…

’83 TV Mini-Series: Video Game All-Stars

A video post this week. At the height of its popularity, the video arcade industry was everywhere. In the USA, it was simply impossible to ignore. Anyone of a certain age will tell you that arcade culture was very much a way of life for young people in every single state. The years 1979 through to 1983 or…

Funspot: The World’s Largest Classic Arcade Museum

It was the summer of 1952, and Bob Lawton had a plan. Armed with a loan of $750 from his grandmother and some savvy business sense, he along with his brother, built a 35c per play indoor golf center on the second floor of a 6,000 sq ft property in the heart of Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. As…

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…