Arcade Raid! Computer Space Barn Finds

I learned a new word today: Boonies. An American colloquialism apparently, meaning “in the middle of nowhere”. I couldn’t find a better word to describe this week’s Arcade Raid tale. And this one is a cracker! If you’ve been a regular reader of the Arcade Raid! features on this blog, you will have seen that…

Atari Star Wars: Arcade Cockpit Development

Ask any fan of Golden Age classic arcade machines what their fondest recollection of the era is, and it is likely that Atari’s seminal Star Wars game is going to be mentioned by most. Released in 1983, the game is indeed a true classic and is arguably one of the best uses of a licence…

Williams Robotron: Weekend Pickup!

I really don’t need any more restoration projects. So of course when an opportunity came up to buy a rather rare European Williams Robotron upright cabinet, I jumped at the chance. Such is the madness of this hobby. But that’s it now – NO MORE. At least until the next cab comes up. (But seriously,…

GDI’s Slither: The $1.3 Million Arcade Crash & Burn

For all the wrong reasons, Slither holds its very own special place in classic arcade gaming history. Created by Game Domain International (GDI) in 1982, it could be politely argued that the game was inspired by Atari’s seminal Centipede title released two years previously. Slither came and went very quickly, and as you’ll read below, even if…

Arcade Raid! Tampa Storm Damage

A picture-heavy arcade raid tale to share this week. Jenn May is a long-standing arcade collector located in Tampa FL. She’s been acquiring and restoring classic arcade machines for over 15 years. Jenn tells me that cabs come and go on heavy rotation, but her current tally is 32 complete video arcade cabinets and 2…

Behind the scenes at Atari Coin-Op

I stumbled across a great series of videos this week that I hadn’t seen before. Into The Valley of the Space Invaders was a mini documentary produced by Field Communications back in 1982 – at the very height of the Golden Age of video games. It managed to go behind the scenes at Atari’s coin-op…

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…

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…