The Development of Robotron

Is there a classic arcade game player out there that doesn’t like Robotron? Released by Williams Electronics in 1982, it is the quintessential arcade shooter. Ferocious enemies, panic-inducing gameplay and sounds that match the action on screen like no other game of its time. Having spent 18 months developing the wildly successful side-scrolling shooters Defender…

The TDE Podcast Episode 3: ACAM’s Gary Vincent

Episode 03 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast catches up with a long-time friend, ACAM’s Gary Vincent. We discuss Gary’s early days at Funspot, NH, his participation in Randy Fromm’s Arcade School, Funspot’s transition from electromechanical to video arcade and the establishment of ACAM. Gary shares his…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 3

So I’m in the home straight here with my Robotron upright restoration. If you missed Part 2, you can quickly catch up here. In short, we left the cabinet last time having just used filler to tidy up the bottom edges, which were disintegrating quite badly, and I wanted to patch those up so that…

The TDE Podcast Episode 02: GORF’s Jamie Fenton

Episode 02 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! TDE sits down with Jamie Fenton, the developer of the original multi-game shooter, Gorf. We dig deep into Jamie’s early life and career with Dave Nutting Associates and Midway. We talk transgender issues, Datsun sports cars, Larry Cuba of Star Wars SFX fame, the…

The TDE Podcast

It’s been a busy few months here at Arcade Blogger towers, but I’m delighted this week to share something new with you that I’ve been a part of – a new podcast! This is an idea that I’ve had brewing for some time, but wasn’t quite sure what direction to go in or how to…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 2

So this cabinet has been sat in my garage for the best part of two years waiting for restoration work. To be fair, it’s been in a queue – things are getting stacked up out there in recent months. But with a week off work, I decided to try to make some progress recently, so…

Nintendo Red Tent Vs System: Weekend Pickup!

An unusual cabinet to share with you this week. Unusual in terms of what it is, and even more unusual to find one over here on European shores. The Nintendo Red Tent is a two-player cocktail style cabinet where players play facing each other on two separate monitors. Released in 1984 in both upright and…

Arcade Raid! Ireland, EU

Another arcade “find and rescue” adventure to report on the blog this week! This raid came out of the blue. I got word of it early 2019, but it took many months to finally execute. A collector in Ireland got a lead that a local arcade was closing down, and the operator was looking to…

Atari Coin-op Archive Footage

Well here we are, the end of another year. I should offer my apologies for the slowdown in posts in recent weeks – real life has been all-consuming with one thing and another so work on the blog has had to take a back seat for a while. But the good news is there’s lots…

Bally Sente: Saviour of the Arcades?

The 70s and early 80s arcade industry was cumbersome and wasteful to say the least. Manufacturers like Atari, Williams and Centuri built business models based on the ability to sell new hardware to operators. The release of a new arcade title meant operators and distributors had to buy not only the game itself, but the […]