Archive for April 27, 2007

John Ratzenberger's Made in America: Stern Pinball

April 27, 2007

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For those of you in the United States who missed the episode of John Ratzenberger’s Made in America where John tours the Stern Pinball factory, Travel Channel will be reairing the episode tomorrow at 3:30PM EST.

The show takes place while the Elvis pinball table was in production, so the episode focuses on that table in particular, as well as gives you an overview of how the Stern Pinball factory operates. It also includes an interview with Stern Pinball founder Gary Stern.

Stern Pinball is the last operator of coin-operated pinball machines in the world. It’s amazing to see that they still do things the old-fashioned way, not just with pinball tables, but with the way the whole factory operates. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I will say that it is a must see for fans of the silver ball, and for arcade fans in general.

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John Ratzenberger’s Made in America: Stern Pinball

April 27, 2007

John Ratzenberger’s Made in America logo

For those of you in the United States who missed the episode of John Ratzenberger’s Made in America where John tours the Stern Pinball factory, Travel Channel will be reairing the episode tomorrow at 3:30PM EST.

The show takes place while the Elvis pinball table was in production, so the episode focuses on that table in particular, as well as gives you an overview of how the Stern Pinball factory operates. It also includes an interview with Stern Pinball founder Gary Stern.

Stern Pinball is the last operator of coin-operated pinball machines in the world. It’s amazing to see that they still do things the old-fashioned way, not just with pinball tables, but with the way the whole factory operates. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I will say that it is a must see for fans of the silver ball, and for arcade fans in general.

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Pro Keds Releases Arcade Series of Shoes

April 27, 2007

If you have ever glanced at your wardrobe and thought “Gee, I sure wish I could show people my love for Asteroids through my shoes!” then this is right up your alley. Of course if you never really care about what is on your shoes but you like retro arcades, then this still may be for you. Pro Keds has released the ‘Arcade Series’ line of shoes for Men, Women and Kids, hoping to cash in on the retro arcade craze that is resurging across the planet. Styles cover venerable classics such as Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Asteroids, Super Mario Bros. (it was an arcade game, via PlayChoice) and last but not least Galaga. You can browse the selection by going to Pro Keds’ website but they do not show the collection all in one place and you have to browse around by going to the Collections section. But in case all you want to do is take a look at them, I captured a picture of every arcade-related shoe I could find on the site, to make it easy for you. (Just click on the thumbnails to see the full image)


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Big Buck Hunter's Popularity Growing

April 27, 2007

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I first discovered this game about a year and a half ago in one of my locals. I swear myself and about 3 of my friends went to no other pub and played no other games for about six month straight. Do you know why we stopped playing the game? Because they removed it from the pub! Not only did that place lose the money we where ploughing in to BBH (about £15-£20 a night) but also lost our custom to the next best thing, which was an O’Neils that had Silver Strike Bowling. My point is myself, and my friends have never been so hooked addicted obsessed with a game. We were always trying to achieve that perfect round or take down the buck far off in the distance with a precise head shot. So it’s a relief to find out that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are as thoroughly obsessed with this game as me and my buddies used to be. I say used to be because I’ve yet to find another pub with BBH in.

[via Barcade]

Mike Pantaleno wipes his hands on his jeans before he takes a bright orange gun, raises it to eye level and squints to line up a shot. It’s just before midnight on a Tuesday at Lido Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., which means the weekly Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament has begun. Pantaleno rocks back and forth as he vigorously reloads the barrel of his plastic weapon and, with ease and precision, takes down animated deer that dart across the screen.

“I smell a double perfect!” shouts one onlooker as Pantaleno drops the gun and raises his arms in jubilation, celebrating his performance and awaiting his score.

Pantaleno is one of the growing number of bar patrons flocking to play Big Buck Hunter Pro, a simulated hunting arcade game that allows users to shoot deer, moose, elk, rams and sheep while battling to best fellow players. Big Buck Hunter Pro, also known as BBHP, is the newest and most popular version of the Big Buck Hunter games first launched in 2001. Since its introduction last year BBHP has sold more than 7,000 units in the United States and has been ranked the most popular coin-operated game three out of the past four months by RePlay magazine.

“They’d have to come up with something pretty good to beat this game,” said Kenny Williams, who started playing BBHP at his favorite watering hole, Keegan’s Pub in Chicago. Williams thought it looked ridiculous at first, but once he played, he was addicted.

[Read on at Columbia News Service]

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Big Buck Hunter’s Popularity Growing

April 27, 2007

bbh.jpg

I first discovered this game about a year and a half ago in one of my locals. I swear myself and about 3 of my friends went to no other pub and played no other games for about six month straight. Do you know why we stopped playing the game? Because they removed it from the pub! Not only did that place lose the money we where ploughing in to BBH (about £15-£20 a night) but also lost our custom to the next best thing, which was an O’Neils that had Silver Strike Bowling. My point is myself, and my friends have never been so hooked addicted obsessed with a game. We were always trying to achieve that perfect round or take down the buck far off in the distance with a precise head shot. So it’s a relief to find out that there are a whole bunch of people out there who are as thoroughly obsessed with this game as me and my buddies used to be. I say used to be because I’ve yet to find another pub with BBH in.

[via Barcade]

Mike Pantaleno wipes his hands on his jeans before he takes a bright orange gun, raises it to eye level and squints to line up a shot. It’s just before midnight on a Tuesday at Lido Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y., which means the weekly Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament has begun. Pantaleno rocks back and forth as he vigorously reloads the barrel of his plastic weapon and, with ease and precision, takes down animated deer that dart across the screen.

“I smell a double perfect!” shouts one onlooker as Pantaleno drops the gun and raises his arms in jubilation, celebrating his performance and awaiting his score.

Pantaleno is one of the growing number of bar patrons flocking to play Big Buck Hunter Pro, a simulated hunting arcade game that allows users to shoot deer, moose, elk, rams and sheep while battling to best fellow players. Big Buck Hunter Pro, also known as BBHP, is the newest and most popular version of the Big Buck Hunter games first launched in 2001. Since its introduction last year BBHP has sold more than 7,000 units in the United States and has been ranked the most popular coin-operated game three out of the past four months by RePlay magazine.

“They’d have to come up with something pretty good to beat this game,” said Kenny Williams, who started playing BBHP at his favorite watering hole, Keegan’s Pub in Chicago. Williams thought it looked ridiculous at first, but once he played, he was addicted.

[Read on at Columbia News Service]

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Ebay Listing of the Week

April 27, 2007

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Tempest

Originally released in 1980 by Atari, this shooter involves you travelling around the edge of a 3-dimensional tunnel. Instead of using a joystick you controlled the ship with a roller ball.

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The cabinet is in good condition, and from the screen shots you can see it working. Shame I can’t afford it really!

[Check out the Tempest Auction here]

Game of the Week

April 27, 2007

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Pac-Land 

This edition of Game of the Week I have chosen another game that I used to spend alot of my pocket money on.

Looking back at it now, it’s not the greatest game in the world, and I’m sure there were alot of other great games that I could have been playing if only I had looked around the arcade. But saying that, I enjoyed it and that’s all that matters!

                                          

 

In this game Pac-Man has arms and legs, unlike the Pac-Man we are all used to, and is able to run, guess he got tired of rolling/hovering/floating (or how ever he got around).  

It features the classic layout, run from left to right, avoiding the bad guys and getting to the end of the level. GENIUS!!!