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….

The TDE Podcast Episode 10: Brian Colin of Midway

Episode 10 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: This episode, we talk with Rampage co-creator Brian Colin about the early days at Bally Midway, applying his traditional animation know-how to the seminal Discs of Tron, and meeting The Rock….

The TDE Podcast Episode 9: Kevin Hayes of Atari Ireland

Episode 09 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: The Ted Dabney Experience podcast talks with Kevin Hayes, former Managing Director of Atari Ireland. If you played an Atari arcade game in Europe during the proverbial Golden Age of video…

Missile Commander Book

I am pleased to offer readers of Arcade Blogger, signed copies of my book Missile Commander. So what’s it all about? Missile Commander has been a 7-year creative project. If you’ve not figured it out by the title, the book takes a deep dive into the creation of Atari’s arcade game Missile Command, from its…

Atari Community Awareness Program

The arrival of the video game phenomenon across America’s arcades in the early 80s, hit society like a steam train. Communities across the nation were concerned about arcades becoming dens of iniquities, and many adults struggled to understand the appeal of this new fangled form of electronic entertainment that was sucking so much time (and…