Arcade Raid! Abandoned House: Vive la France!

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be a part of an extraordinary arcade rescue mission. This turned out to be a very memorable raid for both good and bad reasons. Nothing could have prepared us for what we found. In short, we received a message from an English woman about two weeks ago, who…

Arcade Raid! A Canadian Horror Story

If you’re of a nervous disposition when it comes to classic arcade cabinets, you might want to hit the back button now. This is not a ‘good news’ arcade raid! I’ve not featured any Canadian arcade raids thus far on Arcade Blogger. That’s not through want of trying – they just seem to be few…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 5

We made good progress in Part 4 of this restoration after the lull of the cold winter months. Time this week to get out in the garage and tidy up some of the loose ends that are still to be done with the cabinet. Pulling the cab out of the garage, I noticed it covered…

Atari Ireland: Tipperary’s Arcade Connection

Atari’s massive success in the late 70s presented many challenges, not least of which was one of logistics. How do you get arcade product shipped globally to meet the huge demand for its arcade games? Shipping bulky 300lb lumps of wood, glass and metal around the world from a single operational base in the USA…

Time-Out Arcade: Amazing Classic Arcade Pictures

A remarkable set of photographs to share with you this week. Time-Out Amusement Centers were a chain of arcades located in malls across America back in the day. As the brainchild of entrepreneur Tico Bonomo, they were striking-looking places, notable by their bold colours and ‘Tunnel’-like appearance – a pastiche of what the arcade scene…

Arcade Raid! Euro Zaccaria Rescue

Italian arcade manufacturer Zaccaria holds a special place in collectors’ hearts over here in Europe. At one point, they were the third largest producer of pinball machines after Williams and Bally, and were also renowned for their video game releases during the 70s and 80s. As well as some of their own in-house developed games,…

A Tour of the Alpha 1 Classic Arcade Collection

On occasion I am fortunate enough to ‘go behind the scenes’ of this hobby. Over the years I’ve got to know a few arcade operators and owners of classic arcade machines, both here and stateside, and they’ve been good enough to allow me to view some of the stuff that’s out back. Invariably, from a…

Asteroids ‘Braze’ Multigame Kit Installation

Great as it is owning an original dedicated classic arcade machine, there will come a time when you are rather jaded at playing the same game again and again. Consider your modern-day console – you might purchase the launch killer-app game to go with it, but chances are after six months, you are no longer…

Arcade Raid! Computer Space Barn Finds

I learned a new word today: Boonies. An American colloquialism apparently, meaning “in the middle of nowhere”. I couldn’t find a better word to describe this week’s Arcade Raid tale. And this one is a cracker! If you’ve been a regular reader of the Arcade Raid! features on this blog, you will have seen that…

Atari Star Wars: Arcade Cockpit Development

Ask any fan of Golden Age classic arcade machines what their fondest recollection of the era is, and it is likely that Atari’s seminal Star Wars game is going to be mentioned by most. Released in 1983, the game is indeed a true classic and is arguably one of the best uses of a licence…

Williams Robotron: Weekend Pickup!

I really don’t need any more restoration projects. So of course when an opportunity came up to buy a rather rare European Williams Robotron upright cabinet, I jumped at the chance. Such is the madness of this hobby. But that’s it now – NO MORE. At least until the next cab comes up. (But seriously,…

GDI’s Slither: The $1.3 Million Arcade Crash & Burn

For all the wrong reasons, Slither holds its very own special place in classic arcade gaming history. Created by Game Domain International (GDI) in 1982, it could be politely argued that the game was inspired by Atari’s seminal Centipede title released two years previously. Slither came and went very quickly, and as you’ll read below, even if…