Capcom Mini Cute Restoration 1

The Capcom Mini Cute arcade cabinet was launched in Japan during 1991; which for older readers of this blog is probably a frightening thought: 30 years ago! Primarily aimed at kids, it stands at just 1300mm tall, resulting in one of the most diminutive arcade cabinets ever released. As a result, this all-steel games machine…

Weekend Pickup! Robotron Cabaret

Well “Weekend Pickup” is maybe stretching things a little in this case, but still. I’ve been on the lookout for one of these cabinets for years. I regarded it as one of my “grail” arcade cabinets, but the potential cost has always been a hindrance to my acquiring one. Not to mention, the cabinet was…

Crystal Castles Conversion Kit

We’ve looked at arcade conversions here on the blog previously. Put simply, this was a way for arcade operators to maximise their profits. When an arcade machine got to the end of its play life and stopped taking money, why buy a whole new cabinet, when a simple swap of the game’s PCB, controls and…

The TDE Podcast Episode 10: Brian Colin of Midway

Episode 10 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: This episode, we talk with Rampage co-creator Brian Colin about the early days at Bally Midway, applying his traditional animation know-how to the seminal Discs of Tron, and meeting The Rock….

The TDE Podcast Episode 9: Kevin Hayes of Atari Ireland

Episode 09 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 with Kevin Hayes, former Managing Director of Atari Ireland. If you played an Atari arcade game in Europe during the proverbial Golden Age of video…

Missile Commander Book

I am pleased to offer readers of Arcade Blogger, signed copies of my book Missile Commander. So what’s it all about? Missile Commander has been a 7-year creative project. If you’ve not figured it out by the title, the book takes a deep dive into the creation of Atari’s arcade game Missile Command, from its…

Atari Community Awareness Program

The arrival of the video game phenomenon across America’s arcades in the early 80s, hit society like a steam train. Communities across the nation were concerned about arcades becoming dens of iniquities, and many adults struggled to understand the appeal of this new fangled form of electronic entertainment that was sucking so much time (and…

Williams Electronics Promotional Films

Some time ago I took a look at some of the marketing materials used by Williams Electronics to promote themselves to the industry that would distribute and operate arcade machines across the USA. If you missed that post, check it out here.  Founded way back in 1943, Williams began life as a manufacturer of pinball…

The TDE Podcast Episode 7: John Newcomer

Episode 07 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: An in-depth discussion with John Newcomer, designer and lead developer of one of the most unique and enduring arcade games of the Golden Age, Joust. John talks to The Ted Dabney…

The TDE Podcast Episode 6: Doug Wismer of Electrohome

Episode 06 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: Electrohome supplied CRT monitors to all the big-name video arcade game manufacturers of the Golden Age, including Atari, Gremlin and Midway. Doug talks to us about how the company was saved…