Golden Age Arcade Games: Bootlegs, Lawsuits & Litigation

It is true to say that software piracy and video games go hand in hand, but not just in the home computer and console market. Since the early 70s, literally the infancy of video arcade gaming, manufacturers have struggled with the endless number of counterfeit and “clone” video game cabinets and PCBs out there. Arguably,…

Atari Asteroids: Creating a Vector Arcade Classic

As Atari’s best-selling arcade game of all time, Asteroids was literally a game changer. Released in December 1979, it was responsible for catapulting Atari into mainstream public consciousness. This was the game that single-handedly broke the stranglehold that Space Invaders had on the video game world. Although created by Atari developer Ed Logg (whose credits…

The International Arcade Museum: A Private Viewing

There’s only a handful of places that serious collectors of classic arcade machines congregate online. There’s a few Facebook groups, and a smattering of collector websites catering for enthusiasts around the globe. But arguably the mecca for all things classic videogames related is the forum section of the Killer List Of Videogames (KLOV for short)….

Arcade Holy Grail: The Pinball Circus

In terms of their design and construction build, pinball machines have fundamentally remained the same throughout the years. I’m guessing that if you picture the phrase ‘pinball machine’ in your mind, we all create the same basic image. There’s been advances over the years of course – the most fundamental being the appearance of electronic…

Centuri Inc: The King of Licenced Arcade Games

The story of Centuri starts well before the Golden Age of arcade gaming. It was launched from the ashes of Allied Leisure formed by Ron Haliburton and Dave Braun in 1968. Allied released many well-known electromechanical and solid state pinball machines. It did actually dabble in the early video game craze – releasing a version of…

Footage from the Arcade Factory Floors

I have some great arcade factory footage to share with you this week. Way back when on the blog, I wrote a piece called Tales from the Arcade Factory Floors, which proved very popular. If you missed it, do take a few minutes to check out the great collection of pictures from back in the…

Williams Inc. Arcade Marketing Materials

In the early 80s, the obvious direction for arcade manufacturers to market their product, was towards arcade operators. When we as players, look back at this time – the boom years of arcade production – most of us will recall going to a traditional arcade to play the latest titles. This was the line of…