The Arcade Glow

I often get asked how many classic arcade machines I actually own. My collection is pretty modest compared to some collectors, and tends to be split into two parts – one indoors and one outdoors! My ‘indoor’ collection is my pride and joy – those cabinets that I think I will never part with. These…

Donkey Kong: Time-Lapse Photography

You may recall a previous post here on the blog, where I set up my camera and captured Atari’s Tempest vector arcade machine using a timelapse feature. I was really pleased with the results. (If you missed that post first time round, you can play catch up here). Essentially what the camera does is take a…

Sky Skipper: Nintendo’s Long Lost Arcade Game

A lot of extraordinary things go on in this hobby. One of the highlights for me is observing the dedication of some collectors. Some of these guys are really, really passionate, and are prepared to go above and beyond to preserve classic arcade games. I guess this is partly driven by a desire to take…

Arcade Loft: The Making Of A Man Cave

Man Cave or Manspace: a male retreat or sanctuary in a home, such as a specially equipped spare room, media room, den or basement. The term “man cave” is a metaphor describing a room inside the house where “guys can do as they please” like a caveman, without fear of upsetting any female sensibility about…

Donkey Kong Restoration 5 FINAL

So here we were, the home run on the restore of this cabinet. In the first 4 parts, you saw the cab in a tatty state. Gradually, we’ve seen the cab take shape as new parts have been added. I now needed one last push to get this completed. The last part that needed work…

Donkey Kong Restoration 4

So in Parts 1, 2 and 3, you will have followed my journey so far in restoring this beat up Donkey Kong cab. I felt I was in the home straight now – it was time for some artwork to be applied to the sides of the cab. This part scared me to death, because…

Donkey Kong Restoration 3

I started to think about what else I’d need to get these cabs into shape. There was more drama when a coin door arrived from the USA with several parts missing. Major props are due to the nice folk at USPS Colorado for throwing my package around some sorting depot in Denver and losing all…

Donkey Kong Restoration 2

So my generic Nintendo cabinets were ordered. These cabs had quite a journey. They’d been shipped over to Germany in a container, and then by road across the Continent and by ferry over The English Channel, and finally to my house here in England. A week after placing the order, a grubby looking Polish bloke…

Donkey Kong Restoration 1

I can’t imagine what it must’ve been like to build arcade cabinets from the ground up on a factory production line back in the early 1980s. Rumour has it that those employed by Atari in California to hand build the classic cabs we know and love, were largely low-paid, permanently stoned hippies and Mexicans (am…