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…

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…

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. I can’t say that I knew him on a personal level (I’m not sure that many people did), but was obviously aware…

Ridge Racer! A Full Scale World Record

A slight departure from the norm this week. I tend to focus on arcade games from the early eighties, but a recent story came about that I thought had to be shared, especially as it involves a UK gamer, and a great arcade related quest. Although released in 1993, there’s no doubting Namco’s Ridge Racer…

Tales from the Arcade Factory Floors

The rarity of an arcade cabinet is very subjective. Just because a game is old, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be regarded as rare. After 1984, when the video arcade market pretty much crashed, the production numbers went down from tens of thousands, to single digit thousand production runs. So in many cases, you are…

Arcade Raid: The Duke of Lancaster Ship

Regular readers of this blog will have seen me reference “Arcade Raids” in previous articles. This might create images in your head of hooded gangs of arcade collectors breaking into warehouses in the middle of the night to stealth-steal a stash of classic arcade cabs. As exciting as that would be, the reality is somewhat…