Arcade Raid! Idaho Hotel & Barn

A rather grim arcade raid tale to share with you this week. With a population in the hundreds, Idaho City is a small town that sits north west of Boise, in the state of Idaho. Like many smaller towns across America, it couldn’t escape the influx of classic arcade machines during the Golden Age of…

The Atari Arcade Theatre Kiosk

Last year I wrote an article which looked at some of Atari’s early industrial design concept drawings. I was looking again at that piece last night, and one picture jumped out at me: It’s an intriguing idea and one that never really took off. This is what Atari called its ‘Theatre’ concept. Designed to maximise…

Classic Arcades: Early 80’s News Reports

When the “Golden Age” of classic video games hit the American mainstream, much of the country was somewhat bemused by this new phenomena. Adults didn’t know what had hit them, as millions of teenagers across the country spent many waking hours in dark arcades that had sprung up all over the USA. From laundromats to…

Kan Yabumoto: Mad Planets

This week saw the passing of Kan Yabumoto, creator of Gottlieb’s Mad Planets arcade video game. Very sad news indeed – Kan was well-respected and admired by all who knew him. As a game designer in the early eighties, he was one of the behind-the-scenes unsung heroes of the Golden Age of video gaming –…

Arcade Raid! Outdoor Halloween Nightmare

An extraordinary set of pictures landed on the desk of Arcade Blogger this week detailing an arcade raid which took place almost 20 years ago. I did some digging around and found out what I could about it so that I could document this raid here on the blog. As I’ve written before, as more…

Weekend Pickup! Arcade Parts Haul

One of the drawbacks of maintaining a blog is constantly wondering if you’re getting things right, so it’s always useful to receive comments from readers. I’ve had a variety of questions, opinions and feedback via my ‘contact’ page. The blog medium doesn’t lend itself to two way dialogue, so it is always reassuring to know…

The Pinball Wizard Arcade

One of the highlights of my annual trips to the USA, is dropping by Pinball Wizard Arcade located in Pelham, New Hampshire. A short drive North of Boston, this arcade is ostensibly on the way to Funspot further up into New Hampshire. So if you’re in the area, you must turn off the I93 and…

Sega Sundance Unearthed!

I touched on the subject of the rare Sundance arcade game previously here on Arcade Blogger, when an original cabinet built by the game’s creator, Cinematronics, was pulled from an abandoned building a few years back (you can read about that amazing tale here). Developed by Tim Skelly, Sundance is now a very rare arcade…

Tampa’s Replay Amusement Museum

Located in Tampa Florida, Replay Amusement Museum is home to over 100 pinball and video games from the classic era. Where it differs to most museums that have a “walk, stop and look” approach, it positions itself as a place that allows visitors to touch, feel and play the exhibits. Semantics aside, when you boil…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 2

Well it’s been a while since I wrote about this Battlezone cabaret restoration, so thought it time for an update. Part 1 saw us cleaning the cab out of its hardware, removing the horrible white mould that came with it, and getting the monitor up and running. A solid start. (Catch up on part 1…

Centuri Aztarac: Finding THE Holy Arcade Grail…

Let me start by saying that this is the most amazingly poignant tale I’ve come across in arcade collecting circles. I’ve written before about incredible rare arcade “finds” that have happened over the years, including the yarn about the Sundance cabinet found in a long-abandoned building, and of course the epic Fun Ship raid. But…

Atari Tempest Spinner Upgrade Kit Installation

Pursuing a hobby that involves 30+ year old electronic and mechanical parts comes with its own set of challenges. Repairing old circuit boards is one thing; fixing and maintaining what were often bespoke made parts is another. Some things are pretty simple to replace where they are standard components – bolts, nuts, screws and washers,…