Classic Arcade Gaming Quiz: 2020 Edition

If you’re a regular Arcade Blogger reader, you might recall that back in November 2019, I made my annual trip to The Free Play Florida event in Orlando – read my review of this excellent event here. Each year, I am asked to get involved with the event organisation in some way. Myself and colleague…

The TDE Podcast Episode 4: Atari’s Owen Rubin

Episode 04 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! If you enjoy reading ArcadeBlogger.com, you’ll love the other project I’m involved with: The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast talks to Space Duel designer Owen Rubin about the frontier days of videogame creation at Atari, the volatility of vector hardware, the original Boss Key, disco…

The Development of Robotron

Is there a classic arcade game player out there that doesn’t like Robotron? Released by Williams Electronics in 1982, it is the quintessential arcade shooter. Ferocious enemies, panic-inducing gameplay and sounds that match the action on screen like no other game of its time. Having spent 18 months developing the wildly successful side-scrolling shooters Defender…

The TDE Podcast Episode 3: ACAM’s Gary Vincent

Episode 03 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! The Ted Dabney Experience Podcast catches up with a long-time friend, ACAM’s Gary Vincent. We discuss Gary’s early days at Funspot, NH, his participation in Randy Fromm’s Arcade School, Funspot’s transition from electromechanical to video arcade and the establishment of ACAM. Gary shares his…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 3

So I’m in the home straight here with my Robotron upright restoration. If you missed Part 2, you can quickly catch up here. In short, we left the cabinet last time having just used filler to tidy up the bottom edges, which were disintegrating quite badly, and I wanted to patch those up so that…

The TDE Podcast Episode 02: GORF’s Jamie Fenton

Episode 02 of the Ted Dabney Experience podcast is out now! TDE sits down with Jamie Fenton, the developer of the original multi-game shooter, Gorf. We dig deep into Jamie’s early life and career with Dave Nutting Associates and Midway. We talk transgender issues, Datsun sports cars, Larry Cuba of Star Wars SFX fame, the…

Atari Centipede Prototype surfaces!

Atari’s Centipede was a huge hit with arcade operators and players during the golden years of classic arcade gaming. Second in terms of production numbers only to Asteroids, Centipede shifted just over 46,000 upright units during its lifetime. Released in 1981, three units were produced; an upright, cabaret and cocktail variants rolled off the production…

Classic Arcade News Feed: April 2020

I hope everyone is doing OK in the current situation. I’ve been keeping busy with Nintendo Red Tent and Robotron restorations – updates will of course follow here on the blog in the coming weeks. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these; I’ve been bookmarking a few things over the last few…

Arcade Raid! Ireland, EU

Another arcade “find and rescue” adventure to report on the blog this week! This raid came out of the blue. I got word of it early 2019, but it took many months to finally execute. A collector in Ireland got a lead that a local arcade was closing down, and the operator was looking to…

Classic Arcade News Feed: May 2019

Here’s a summary for you of the latest arcade-related news! This month, I thought I’d mix things up a bit and pull together bunch of videos detailing what’s new relating to the hobby. Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Paul Johnson is a 2D animator with a penchant for…