Revival Retro Gaming Event: May 2018

There’s a pretty decent selection of Retro Gaming events over here in the UK now. Play, NERG and Revival are the most popular during the calendar year. At each, there is a wide selection of things to see and do: guests, vendors, pinball, consoles, arcade machines, talks and interactive set ups. This year saw the…

EAG Trade Show: January 2018

Hopefully by now you will have worked out that this blog is all about classic arcade gaming. I tend to write about games released during the ‘Golden Age’ – loosely speaking, this is the period from 1979 to 1984. The arcade industry has changed since then beyond all recognition. So assuming you can find an…

Arcade Raid! Louisiana, USA

Another arcade raid to share this week on the blog. We’ve met collector Jay before here on Arcade Blogger in a previous raid article here. This time round, Jay was given a lead about a warehouse in Bastrop, Louisiana. Stored within, he was told, were around 30 classic arcade machines. After significant research, he drew…

Classic Arcade Graveyards

Discovering abandoned arcade cabinets is always a rush. The research, the hunt, following up on leads, the thrill of the chase, is what most collectors are in the hobby for. And that will work out especially well when the cabinets you rescue are salvageable. But any serious collector/hunter of cabinets from the Golden Age 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…

Arcade Expo 4.0, Banning, CA

The Museum of Pinball is a place you may not have heard of, for the simple reason that it is rarely open to the public. Located east of Los Angeles on an 18 acre plot, the facility plays host to over 1,100 pinball and video arcade games from the classic and modern eras. The amassed…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 6 FINAL

It’s always good to complete a restoration. This Atari Battlezone cabaret is no exception. This cabinet was part of the Pete Davies collection, that I picked up last year. As one of 60-odd cabinets rescued from his house in Scotland, it has been very satisfying to get the machine up and running again in his…

The Daytona Arcade Museum

Thought I’d share some details of this place I stumbled across late last year after visiting the Free Play Florida event in Orlando. I’ve not seen Daytona Arcade Museum mentioned before on any collector forums, so after finding out about the place, figured a visit would be in order. Despite calling itself a museum, it…

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…

Miami Pinball Museum

The handful of arcade video game manufacturers out there today, are producing games that bear little resemblance to those around during the Golden Age. Gone are the days of single coin plays for high scores. Video games today tend to be more about time limited or redemption based gameplay. Which is a shame of course….