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 –…

A hole in the Atari Battlezone story

An interesting piece of arcade minutia to share this week. Atari’s upright Battlezone cabinet is an imposing beast. Standing at just over 6 feet tall, the machine towers over the player and most of its contemporaries. Although shared by Atari title Red Baron, the cabinet design is instantly recognizable by its sheer size and bright…

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…

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…

Arcade Raid! Cabs found in Kent, UK

Always good to report on an arcade raid over here in the UK, as sadly for us British collectors, these tend to be few and far between. As stashes of arcade machines get discovered over the years, finding out about new ones becomes more difficult. But they do happen, and proves that these machines are…

Atari Major Havoc Scratch Build

In arcade collecting circles, the “holy grail” is that one cab. The cab you are always chasing down. It might be the one you played as a kid, or just a very rare machine that always seems just out of reach either in terms of its scarcity, or cost (usually both in my case). There…

Atari Centipede Upright Restoration 5 FINAL

OK we’ve made it. The Atari Centipede is complete! If you’ve missed the previous installations, you can read them all here. So what follows, are the final pieces of the jigsaw being sorted out. First up, t-molding. This is the thing that really smartens up a cab, and gives it that finishing touch. I ordered 120 foot…

Bradley Trainer: Atari’s Top Secret Military Project

Atari’s Battlezone arcade game released in 1981 was an immediate classic. This first-person wire frame vector shoot-em-up, puts the player at the controls of a tank wandering the wilderness of a futuristic-looking battlefield, shooting down enemy tanks, UFOs and missiles. Around 15,000 machines were rolled out of Atari’s factory in both upright and cabaret form. Here,…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 1

You’ll have read about this cab in a previous “Weekend Pickup” post here. It was one of the cabinets from the late Pete Davies’ collection, which you can read about here. It’s in a pretty sorry state, but shouldn’t take too much work to get things sorted out. (I don’t know why I always say that, because…

Nintendo’s Monkey Magic Finally Surfaces

An interesting development in the classic arcade world this week, and one I thought worth interrupting my intended article for the blog today (sorry Wolfie!). Monkey Magic is an arcade title you are unlikely to have heard of; and for good reason. Released in 1979 by Nintendo in very small numbers, it was one of…