Arcade Raid! Idaho Hotel & Barn

A rather grim arcade raid tale to share with you this week. With a population in the hundreds, Idaho City is a small town that sits north west of Boise, in the state of Idaho. Like many smaller towns across America, it couldn’t escape the influx of classic arcade machines during the Golden Age of…

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 –…

Arcade Raid! Outdoor Halloween Nightmare

An extraordinary set of pictures landed on the desk of Arcade Blogger this week detailing an arcade raid which took place almost 20 years ago. I did some digging around and found out what I could about it so that I could document this raid here on the blog. As I’ve written before, as more…

The Pinball Wizard Arcade

One of the highlights of my annual trips to the USA, is dropping by Pinball Wizard Arcade located in Pelham, New Hampshire. A short drive North of Boston, this arcade is ostensibly on the way to Funspot further up into New Hampshire. So if you’re in the area, you must turn off the I93 and…

Arcade Raid! Abandoned Candy Cabinets in Tokyo

I’ve yet to write about arcade Candy cabinets here on Arcade Blogger. A “Candy” is a western generic term for the Japanese style sit down arcade cabinets commonly found in Far East countries. Typically constructed using plastic and/or metal, these cabinets have a very distinctive style compared to their European or American counterparts, where wood…

Atari Battlezone Restoration 3

We’re making good progress with this Battlezone cabaret. Do check out parts 1 and 2 here if you haven’t done so already. So I thought it time to make a start on the grubby control panel. You’ll recall the state this was in when I acquired the cab: Not pretty at all. Luckily, I managed…

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…

Arcade Raid! Awesome Cab Haul: Nebraska, USA

Another arcade raid to report this week. This one occurred just a few months back. Despite what many might think, there are still classic arcade machines being found every month. In America, there are plenty of cabinets hidden away in various locations. Stored years ago in warehouses, barns and storage units, these gems are just…

The Wonderful World of Arcade Cabinet Conversions

Those of you with good memories may recall I wrote an article a few months back on the subject of brutal arcade machine “conversions” – you can catch up on that article here. The practice of converting an original dedicated arcade cabinet was commonplace back in the mid to late 80s. Those of us who…

Free Play Florida: 2016 Review

Collecting classic arcade games is an expensive habit. There’s always one more cabinet to hunt down, and every collector will have a grail – the one cab you really, really, really need to find. And when you find your grail, it’ll be replaced with another grail to hunt down. Seasoned enthusiasts will all tell you…