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…

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…

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…