Classic Arcade Graveyards

Discovering abandoned arcade cabinets is always a rush. The research, the hunt, following up on leads, the thrill of the chase, is what most collectors are in the hobby for. And that will work out especially well when the cabinets you rescue are salvageable. But any serious collector/hunter of cabinets from the Golden Age of…

Arcade Raid! The Czech Republic Encounter

A short and sweet Arcade Raid to report this week. Eastern Europe is not a place you’d associate with classic arcade gaming. But the area was sporadically served by arcade distributors back in the day. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from these arcade raid tales, Golden Age arcade cabinets can turn up in…

Williams Inc. Arcade Marketing Materials

In the early 80s, the obvious direction for arcade manufacturers to market their product, was towards arcade operators. When we as players, look back at this time – the boom years of arcade production – most of us will recall going to a traditional arcade to play the latest titles. This was the line of…

‘High Score’ Arcade Marathon Documentary

High Score was the original Classic Arcade Gaming documentary. It came out in 2006, and charts the journey of Classic Arcade player Bill Carlton as he tries to take down the then 20-year-old Missile Command marathon high score, held by Victor Ali. The documentary tells a far more human and realistic story than The King…

The Daytona Arcade Museum

Thought I’d share some details of this place I stumbled across late last year after visiting the Free Play Florida event in Orlando. I’ve not seen Daytona Arcade Museum mentioned before on any collector forums, so after finding out about the place, figured a visit would be in order. Despite calling itself a museum, it…

Star Rider: Arcade Laser Disc’s Last Stand

It struck me that we’ve not yet featured any Laser Disc arcade games here on the blog. Rather than look at the obvious choice of Dragon’s Lair, I thought shining a light on a more obscure title would be more fruitful. I was fortunate enough to play an original Williams Star Rider last year at…

Where did all the Defenders go?

It’s hard to resist Defender as a classic arcade game. Recognised as one of the best shoot-em-ups of all time, Eugene Jarvis’ monumental arcade game for manufacturer Williams remains top of the pile in every sense of the word. Aside from a Pong clone released a few years earlier, Defender was the first arcade game…