A look back at Bally Midway in 1982

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share several posts relating to Bally Midway, one of the cornerstone manufacturers of the Golden Age of arcade videogaming. Established in 1958, Midway Mfg. Co. began life by manufacturing and selling amusement equipment, before being purchased outright by its competitor Bally. The company created some of the…

The TDE Podcast Ep 17: Gottlieb alumnus David Thiel

Episode 17 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: David Thiel is perhaps best known for his pinball audio work on titles such as Tron: Legacy, Alien, Dialed In, Avatar and Family Guy, but he was…

Freddy Flames: Centuri’s Lost Arcade Game

Some time back, I wrote about Centuri’s successful but brief stint as an arcade manufacturer in the early 80s. In that article, which you can check out here, I touched on a game developed by a member of Centuri’s in-house development team. This week I want to share some more detail about that game –…

Capcom Mini Cute Restoration 1

The Capcom Mini Cute arcade cabinet was launched in Japan during 1991; which for older readers of this blog is probably a frightening thought: 30 years ago! Primarily aimed at kids, it stands at just 1300mm tall, resulting in one of the most diminutive arcade cabinets ever released. As a result, this all-steel games machine…

Weekend Pickup! Robotron Cabaret

Well “Weekend Pickup” is maybe stretching things a little in this case, but still. I’ve been on the lookout for one of these cabinets for years. I regarded it as one of my “grail” arcade cabinets, but the potential cost has always been a hindrance to my acquiring one. Not to mention, the cabinet was…

The TDE Podcast Ep 13: Atari veteran Dennis Koble

Episode 13 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is available now for your listening pleasure! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Recruited by the company in 1976, Dennis Koble was one of Atari’s earliest coin-op game designers. Koble stayed with Atari for five years and was responsible for…

Crystal Castles Conversion Kit

We’ve looked at arcade conversions here on the blog previously. Put simply, this was a way for arcade operators to maximise their profits. When an arcade machine got to the end of its play life and stopped taking money, why buy a whole new cabinet, when a simple swap of the game’s PCB, controls and…

The TDE Podcast Episode 12: Atari Researcher Carol Kantor

Episode 12 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: Hired by Atari in 1976, Carol Kantor became the videogame industry’s very first market researcher. Kantor talks to us about the game-changing yet quotidian minutiae of market research in the late…

Classic Arcade Video Footage

I’ve shared a good deal of vintage arcade footage that has surfaced over the years here on the blog. You can check out some of those videos by clicking here. Whilst new unseen footage is scarce on the ground these days, YouTube does occasionally throw up new examples of arcade scenes, factory footage and archive…

Anatomy of Arcade High Score Tables

The arcade high score table. A chance to get your name in print on a CRT screen of your local arcade. For those of us fortunate enough to frequent the arcades during the Golden Age of arcade video games, it was an opportunity to establish early bragging rights in the arcades of the early eighties….