The Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

I was thinking recently that here in the West we take our video game history largely for granted. Look back at the Golden Age of video games, and it’s apparent that we had it pretty good – a regular supply of new titles that pushed the technological boundaries were pumped out from America’s arcade manufacturers…

Free Gold Watch: San Francisco’s Pinball Emporium

A few weeks back I reported on my trip to Arcade Expo 5.0 in Banning, California. I was actually there on vacation for a full week, so decided to drive up the coast from LA and check out San Francisco once the Expo’s festivities were over. I had no real plan in San Francisco, other…

Arcade Raid! Jacksonville Flea Market Rescue

It’s high time we featured another arcade raid tale here on the blog. My buddy Steve is a collector we’ve featured previously – he was responsible for the NOS artwork raid I featured some time back. This particular haul was discovered earlier this year, but not by Steve initially. He received a call from a…

Arcade Odyssey: The Last Arcade

Surprisingly, options for Classic Arcade Gaming in Miami, Florida are pretty limited. I found myself in town for a couple of days back in November 2018 after visiting the Free Play Florida event, and was taken aback by Google’s distinct lack of suggestions for places to check out, given the size and cultural significance of…

Classic Arcade News Feed: December 2018

I often come across interesting snippets of info and news as I keep my eyes and ears open for a new story suitable for publication here on the blog. For the most part, these don’t warrant a full article. So I thought I’d try something new, and pull these bits together and share them in…

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,…

Free Play Florida: 2018 Review

Sharp-eyed visitors to Arcade Blogger will know that Free Play Florida is a regular haunt of mine each year. I’m fortunate enough to get some time away on an annual basis, and like to make a stop at Orlando during my November trip, to take part in this great event. Free Play hosts well in…