The Arcade Raid That Wasn’t

Been a while since I wrote about an arcade raid here on the blog. For the uninitiated, an “Arcade Raid” usually involves the discovery and subsequent removal of classic arcade cabinets. A typical raid will occur in an old warehouse, barn or storage area, usually owned by an ex arcade operator. These buildings house stashes…

The Development of Xevious

Well here we are at the end of another year on the blog. I want to thank everyone for checking in regularly and of course for the support with my book, which continues to sell well. Over the Christmas break I found myself playing a lot of Namco’s excellent vertical shooter Xevious on my Mini…

What if Atari’s Pong was a Sci-Fi Movie?

Well, there’s a question I’ll bet you’ve never asked yourself. Don’t worry, me neither. But someone out there on the internet did. Pong of course is the arcade videogame that started it all – every video game that has come since, was birthed out of Pong, which also happens to be 50 years old this…

The TDE Podcast Ep 25: Centuri coder Lee Feuling

Episode 25 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: This month’s episode: Lee Feuling is a retired United States Airforce and American Airlines pilot who, once upon a time, was a coder for Centuri Video Games…

Williams Defender Restoration 1

So, with some decent weather around these parts over the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d make a start with the restoration of the Defender upright that I picked up. Catch up on the details here. Our starting point isn’t exactly great, but there’s enough here that’s complete to get this thing back into…

The TDE Podcast Ep 24: Death Race Creator, Howell Ivy

Episode 24 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: Howell Ivy is the creator of Exidy’s infamous Death Race. Released in 1976, this was the first arcade game to stir a moral panic over videogame violence…

Weekend Pickup! Williams Defender

If you’ve been following this blog over the years, you will know that space is now at a premium here at Arcade Blogger Towers. Simply put, I cannot see a way of squeezing another cabinet into the loft arcade space that I have, so future acquisitions in theory are not possible, unless I start selling…

The TDE Podcast Ep 23: Atari graphic designer Evelyn Seto

Episode 23 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: Evelyn Seto worked at Atari under creative director George Opperman on some of the company’s most iconic graphic material, including arcade cabinets such as Fire Truck and…

Atari Star Wars Launch Videos

Released in 1983, Atari’s seminal arcade title Star Wars was the result of three year’s worth of intense development. What started out as a technical proof of concept demo, known internally as Warp Speed, this vector title eventually adorned the Lucas Films licence, with speech and colourful graphics that captured the imagination of teenage gamers…

The TDE Podcast Ep 22: Battlezone programmer Ed Rotberg

Episode 22 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: In accordance with Theurer’s Law – named after Missile Command and Tempest programmer Dave Theurer, which states that every programmer’s first game will be a relative failure…