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First details on Rochester Game Room Show Emerge

January 18, 2008

 Gameroomshow

The Rochester Game Room show is a local buy and sell event of all game room equipment including arcade games and pinball machines. You can also come just to play the games, they have entertainment for everyone. It is located in Rochester, NY. In addition to these items they have pretty much everything else you would want to buy for a home game room, a huge variety of items. They also have a pinball tournament hosted by P3.

I attended last years show and it was very good, it was everything it promised to be and I was not disappointed at all. Last year they had over 325 pinball and arcade games available for play so its quite a sizable show and it is totally worth attending. I will be attending the event this year and I will have full coverage for my readers when the show actually happens. I will also keep you updated with any further details. This year the show will happen in a new location with natural lights so bright overhead lights do not get in the way. This was a complaint of many guests and it has been addressed for this years show. Here are the details known about the show so far:

Date: April 11-13 2008

Location: Rochester Armory

900 East Main Street

Rochester NY 14605

Sign up on their email mailing list via their website to get updates on the show.

Rochester Game Room Show Website

P3 Pinball Tournament at Rochester

The Max Experience

January 11, 2008

Here is another early motion simulator, the Max Experience. It was produced around 1984 or 1985 by a company called Amusement Technology (Amtech) out of Asbury Park, NJ. This strange device designed for both adults and children contained hydraulics and lifted you into the air. The game that came with the cabinet was a racing game however other games were promised for the cabinet including games based on a speedboat, motorcycle and submarine. The games were changed by changing the board and one microprocessor chip. It is unknown if any of the other games were actually produced.

I know of at least one instance of this cabinet existing at one point and that was in the Half Moon Arcade located in Weirs Beach, NH. The Half Moon Arcade is still in operation today. The Half Moon’s website still lists the Max Experience as being in their arcade however that website was not updated since 1999. Provided that the list is accurate it is amazing that a simulator like this even lasted until 1999. I made several attempts over the years to reach the Half Moon about this rare simulator but have had no luck. I seriously doubt they are still operating this simulator. If you made a visit to the Half Moon arcade prior to 1999, you may have seen this machine. You can find the Half Moon’s website here:

http://www.weirsbeach.com/halfmoon/arcades/familyfuncenter.html

Pictures and more info about the Max Experience here, the pictures are a must-see as this is truly a bizarre looking simulator!

 Max Experience 3 Max Experience 4

Max Experience 2 Max Experience 1

The Zamperla Telecombat – The ultimate Game/Ride simulator

December 9, 2007

In continuing with my efforts to inform the public about different simulator games today I will discuss an unusual piece, the Zamperla Telecombat.

This machine is an unusual combination of Amusement Ride crosses arcade game. I have always thought this was quite a nice combination because if your an amusement ride enthusiast like me, and also like arcade games, then this becomes the ultimate, perfect simulator for you. I only know of one instance of this ride existing, and that is in the Amusement Park Marineland, which is located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. There are other rides called the telecombat but they are not the same as this particular ride. There is little information about this ride however I believe it was installed in the park in the late 1980’s. It definitely has the late 80’s or even early 80’s type graphics so it is a classic machine and not something modern.

This is technically an amusement ride, so it has multiple ride vehicles, probably about 10-12 2 person pods. The ride accomodates both children and adults. Once you get into the ride and strap yourself in you are faced with a joystick similar to Space Harrier with a trigger on top. I haven’t been to Marineland since about 8th grade so my mind may be a bit fuzzy on some of these details. When the ride starts you see the other pods on the screen, which correspond to the actual pods on the ride. The object of the game is to shoot down the pods on the screen, and when you hit one, the actual pod is sent spinning and it lowers to the ground to indicate a hit. If someone else hits the pod you are in on the screen, then your pod will descend as well. The pods spin around and raise and lower with movement corresponding to the way you move the joystick. From what I remember this ride does not work very well and its quite complex to maintain. The monitors are also difficult to see in the sunlight so the experience is hampered a bit. Its very cool and unique though and has that great late 1980’s feel to it. I am actually surprised they are still operating this ride, and I hope they don’t decide to get rid of it for something newer. Here are some pictures of the ride. Click the link and picture to see them.

If anyone can elaborate on this ride, such as year of installation and futher details on its game play I welcome any comments about it.

Zamperla Telecombat

Zamperla Telecombat Ride


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