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…

Weekend Pickup! Sega New Astro City Candy Cabinet

For as long as I’ve been in this hobby, I’ve always loved the look of Candy Cabinets. Designed and built by Japanese manufacturers, and intended for the Asia-Pacific market these low slung cabinets with large 29″ monitors are essentially ‘dumb’ shells. But they come to life when a game PCB is placed into them. Think…

Golden Age Arcade Videos

Thought I’d keep quiet this week and share a few arcade-related videos that came across my desk recently. The first is a short film from award-winning production company 3 Angry Men based here in the UK. It tells a poignant story of arcade days gone by through the eyes of a couple of operators based…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 1

You might recall I picked this cabinet up last year. It was in unrestored condition having been bought from an operator some 20 years ago, then stored. A good honest cab overall. If you missed the post I made at the time, do take a look here. It was an opportunity simply too good to pass by….

Game Room Tour: The Les Potts Collection

I’ve got to know many UK-based arcade collectors over the years. It’s fair to say that each approaches the hobby in a different way. Some take a technical approach to arcade games – delving deep into the repair side of things in a quest to understand how cabinets work and figuring out ways to maintain…

Arcade Raid! Warehouse Find, UK

It’s been a while since I’ve reported on any arcade raids here on the blog. What’s more, it’s been even longer since a decent one occurred here on UK shores. But I was able to buck that trend back in January this year, by being involved in this three-man warehouse raid. So, here we go:…

Sunshine Laundromat, Brooklyn, NYC

OK bear with me. I know what you’re thinking. “A laundromat? On Arcade Blogger?” Yes. A laundromat. This peculiarity is located on America’s Eastern Seaboard. Wander down Manhattan Avenue, in Brooklyn NY, and you’ll see a typical urban scene. Shops, cars, apartment building and a sidewalk. Stop at number 800, and you’ll find a laundromat…

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…