Posted tagged ‘classic gaming’

Cool footage from an arcade convention in Chicago from 1982 (updated)

April 10, 2010

Long ago, arcade shows were much bigger than they are now, which was due to the arcade market itself being much bigger than it is today. What would it have been like to visit one of these shows at the height of the golden age? Thanks to some footage that has been posted to the internet from the AOE convention in March 1982, we  get a pretty good idea – many new games, ideas and tons of people there to check it all out. I haven’t seen any footage like this before and it makes me wonder how much more video from expos like this are out there. In checking on the website, it looks like all of this comes from a program in the 80’s called Wired In which covered different technological trends from that decade, which of course means we get to see plenty of arcade stuff.

Some gems you’ll see in the 1st video from the convention (Wired In #24) – a young and shaggy Eugene Jarvis(pictured right) checking out Robby Roto; an interview asking about how Robby Roto might compare to Pac-Man;Zaxxon when it was new;  Pac-Man pinball; a cool plexiglass cabinet used to show off how to switch games out(give me something like this with some LEDs to spruce it up further);  the dual screen setups used on games and more.

I can’t embed the video here but here are various links showing the whole event:

Wired In Raw #24 (Zaxxon, Robby Roto, Jarvis interview, Pac-Man pinball CVS,more)

Wired In Raw #25 (More Robby Roto with Jay Fenton, Pac-Man merchandise, a kids motorcycle racing game called Babydromo which is kind of cool; interview with a booth guy asking about Pac-Man Fever, showing off the small table-top Pac-Man games)

Wired In Raw #26 (More convention interviews, including a Garrett Vandenburg who talks about the science behind attract modes; talking with an operator about the earnings at an arcade back then)

UPDATE: If you search “Wired In” on that website you can find many other videos from them, including this one showing some people playing various games in an arcade back in ’82. Also here is one where they are at CES ’82 and 12 min in they show the Coleco arcade which was at the show with a pretty awesome setup. It’s a nice treasure trove of footage worth watching when you find the time.

[Via KLOV Forum post]

Arcade love at the VGXPO

October 16, 2009

AH contributor Aaron Auzins recently had the chance to attend the VGXPO in Philadelphia and here he discusses what kind of attention arcades got at the show.
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“The previous weekend featured the annual Video Game eXPO (VGXPO) show in Philadelphia, marking the fifth straight year the consumer-based gaming culture show has been held. While the show featured a few publishers of new titles such as Nintendo and Storm City Games, one of the bigger attractions of the show, which is now a staple of the event, was the Retrocon section, filled with classic gaming vendors. Parked off to the side of the section was a full classic arcade set on free play for gamers to play at their leisure.DSC02042

The arcade was a healthy mix of genres, release dates and stand-up versus deluxe cabinets, featuring some pretty noticeable names. Players could see names such as Crazy Climber, Robotron and Scramble, mingle with a four-player Warlords table, enjoy some mid-’90s classics such as Primal Rage, partake in some obscurities such as Atari’s Hydra and SNK’s Beast Busters or take a seat in some of the more modern deluxe cabs such as Smashing Drive, Star Wars Pod Racing and Tokyo
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It was great to see the arcade be featured as one of the more popular parts of the show, which had some other great features and guests lined up. It goes to show that arcades can still successfully be a part of gaming events and we’re looking forward to seeing if VGXPO and the classic arcade will come back for another year. Given some online accounts of the show, one could maybe gather the classic section was the true highlight of the show, but that just speaks well of how
classic games can stand the test of time.”

More pics after the post break

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If Danger Zone were made today

June 23, 2009

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If we take a trip on the wayback machine to 1986, the industry crash has begun to pass and while it hurt arcades, companies were still churning out a lot of games and sometimes those games broke new ground either via controls, gameplay or graphics. Cinematronics created such a game known as Danger Zone, which featured it’s monitor on a swivel where the image in-game was tracked with the movement of the monitor. Many have since forgot about this game but with a video that just popped up on youtube where a guy modified some model gun with an LCD monitor and a tracking unit so it would serve as a type of mouse controller for use on the PC. This also reminds me of the concept used in Namco’s Gunmen Wars which featured a kind of motion-tracked gun, although what you’ll see in the video below allows for greater movement around the room.

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These models of classic Sega arcade games are awesome

May 28, 2009

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A long time ago we posted about some nifty paper arcade models that anyone could print up and make their own little mock cabinets with. It was a cool idea but if you want something that is a little tougher than paper and you want something that is collectible, then this might be just what you are looking for – especially if you are a Sega fan. A company called Kaiyodo in Japan are the creators of these awesome and very detailed models but I have not been able to find a price for them although according to the translation they have been available since August although I think it means to say that they will be available in August. To get a closer look at them, click on the thumbnails below, images via Hobbymedia.it.

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Rifftrax derezzes TRON

May 21, 2009

Label this under the “somewhat related to arcade games” category but Rifftrax – which is helmed by three former cast members of the hysterically funny show Mystery Science Theater 3000 – has released a rifftrak for the beloved movie which features plenty of concepts gleaned from arcade games, TRON. What is Rifftrax? This link explains all but essentially it is a downloadable commentary that is released for a DVD movie where the commentators riff on the film – similar to MST3k but without the shadows and the hosting segments.

As a fan of  TRON, MST3k and Rifftrax I have wanted to see them do TRON for a while now and they finally have – sort of. Unfortunately none of the former MST3k guys are on the track for this one, instead they got Johnathan Coulton, Paul and Storm. I’m not sure who they are but they seem to do a decent job at riffing the movie if the sample below is any indication.

Next up they need to take on another arcade-related movie known as Joysticks (if this movie had been more popular I would maintain that it is the real reason that the game industry crashed but then again it’s mere existence may have caused it too) . I have never seen it myself but from what little I have seen on youtube it looks pretty terrible and thus ripe for riffing.

[Rifftrax.com]

Upcoming Annual "Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament" to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

[Annual ClassicArcadeGaming.com site and info] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Upcoming Annual “Classic Arcade Gaming.com Tournament” to include classic game champions, King of Kong co-stars

January 22, 2009

lifearcadeDetails have been released on the upcoming Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament, which is held on an annual basis and it sounds like it is going to be quite the competition for skilled classic game players who can make the trip. In fact, a number of arcade world record holders are going to be there, which promises to make this a very entertaining competition to behold. A few of the people signed up were in the arcade documentary The King Of Kong, although Steve Wiebe or Billy Mitchell are not part of the line-up yet. The event is to be held at Richie Knuckles’ Arcade in Flemington, NJ, they are charging a $40 fee for adults and $30 for those under 13 which covers the three day event where all of the games (more than 40 classic games total) will be set to free play. It appears that they are discouraging paying at the door and want people to pay beforehand, but you can read about the rules on that at the link below. Players will be able to compete on a total of 29 games (also listed at the website below)  and the event begins on Friday March 13th and goes until Sunday March 15th. Good luck to those who participate!

Also, you can check out a press release about the event by clicking on the post break below

[Annual ClassicArcadeGaming.com site and info] [Discuss on the Forum]

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Hey look, another new book on arcades!

August 4, 2008

Just the other day I was talking about how there aren’t hordes of books about arcades written these days so naturally I have to come across some news about another book where arcades are the primary subject. This is making me want to write my own book about arcades but I’m not sure what I would focus on or what I could write about that would be any different from what you see here on AH everyday.

Anyways, the new book is called Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games and it will debut at the Oklahoma Video Game Expo on the 9th of this month. The book is written by avid classic game fan and arcade collector Rob O’Hara and offers tips, experiences and terminology for readers so that if they are getting into the hobby for the first time or they are still green with it, they can learn from someone who has already tread that path. Even though I have collected some games since 2000, I would like to pick this up myself as it sounds like a great read. To find out more you can visit the author’s personal website, http://www.robohara.com.

[Via Retroblast!] [Discuss on the Forum]

Midwest Gaming Classic 2008 – Arcades & Pins video

April 13, 2008

Here is a video of a walk through the pinball and arcade area of the Midwest Gaming Classic. The pins definently outnumber the arcades from the looks of it but either way I’m certain that MGC was a lot of fun. That is another event I’d love to go to in the future and meet up with some other classic gaming fans. Video by DhgHunter.

And what the heck, I’ll post the video for the museum walk-through as well, if you love classic games then it’s fun to check out all this stuff. I love the collection of Atari Lynx games around .45 sec in, I have only about 20 Lynx games but I would love to have as many as are in this video! I also have a NUON which shows up at about 1:27 in the video (not many gamers know of that system) and an Atari Jaguar right next to it which I have a large collection for. Lots of Gamecubes were at the show for some reason. There are a lot of systems that show up in the video that I’d like to get one day, but I only have so much room in my house. :) Video also by DhgHunter

Video of the Main Hall which features more arcades that I had previously overlooked.

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Galactic Front – Freeware coin-op arcade game

February 9, 2008

I came across this on Youtube and have to say that it’s cool to see someone making a new game themselves that’s intended to go into an arcade cabinet as this game is, if it is finished. The graphics and sound are archaic by todays standards but I believe that is intentional. If the author does release it I’d suggest he change the sounds of the shots as they don’t fit the space theme (IMO). But hey, if it’s free there’s not much to complain about – I’m happy to see anyone doing some sort of arcade software development, even if it is on a “homebrew” basis. And it’s a space game, which I recently discussed that we could use more of o the arcde scene! Video posted by youtube user Fowy.

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