Archive for February 17, 2008

The Luna City Tour & Interview

February 17, 2008

A few weeks ago we picked up on a story on Kotaku aboutLuna City, Peter Hirschberg’s private 80’s arcade wonderland. Well now up on You Tube is a interview with the owner himself. Best quote has to be (and I’m not  taking the piss, I totally agree with him)…

“You can put one game in your living room and it draws your attention to it, like it has a presence you can feel. I know it sounds dorky but if you play that on your computer it just doesn’t have that, its like a recording of a live concert. You can feel the games in here, you can hear them and you can smell them.”

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Location Review – Kingpin Bowling Lounge, Sydney

February 17, 2008

Some of you may remember that I was over in Sydney for Christmas and I mentioned that I visited a few arcades whilst I was out there. Well here is the first of two long over due reviews.

First up I came across Kingpin Bowling Lounge which was situated in Darling Harbour, Sydney. This place was obviously, as you can tell from the photos below, very new and had a really funky design and layout. Instead of the usual row of 30 odd lanes, this place had them broken up into sets of four which gave it a nice intimate feel.

Enough of the bowling and on to the games. The first thing that hit me was how spaced out all the machines were. They definitely could have put some more machines into the space they had. Maybe I’m just being greedy. As for the standard of the machines; they were in great condition, as you would expect from a newly opened complex. On offer were old favourites like Daytona along with some newer games like Mario Kart, Time Crisis 4, Warzaid, Superbikes and Alien Extermination. Also on site were a couple of other classics in the shape of a multi-game retro cocktail cabinet, a crane and a basketball shooting game.

This place is definatley worth checking out if your ever in the neigbourhood, especially if your out with a group of friends. A very cool place indeed!

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Pac-Man Coasters

February 17, 2008

So I have been away for a few days, and have just about caught up with everything that has been going on at the AOU (thanks Shaggy). Pretty cool stuff, I’m still mega excited about SF IV and all these video have done little to curb my enthusiasm. I figured I’d break up all this AOU news and bring a little arcade related fun to you all. That’s if you’ve not seen this on Kotaku yet!

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Right now, recycled circuit board coasters are my living line of defense between condensation and the fragile finish of $30 coffee tables. (Yes, I spent as much on the coasters as the tables they protect). And even though these coasters really are pretty fantastic, they can be out-gunned during my larger gatherings that feature more condensation.

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